A Memory of Mexico City

Holy week, Mexico City 2013. The water supply for most of the city had been cut off for several days so maintenance could be carried out on the pipes. My buddy Carlos and I loitered on this street, waiting for …

Americanos

“American? From Cuba? Bolivia? Colombia?” I was talking to someone from Venezuela yesterday. In the course of conversation, I mentioned that I work for an American NGO. He asked me that question. Because I’d forgotten. In the months I spent …

Photos of my mother

That Christmas cruise to nowhere was my first experience of such a thing. With so few aboard, and Covid-19 measures in place, there wasn’t a lot of activity to shoot. I had my usual model though: Mum. My mother hates …

The night before Christmas (at Sea)

I spent Christmas at sea with my mother… inasmuch as being in the Straits of Malacca is “out at sea”, bounded by Peninsula Malaysia and Sumatra as we were, the entire time. I haven’t been on the water for years, …

On privacy

The guilt I feel for invading people’s spaces with a camera. Not on assignment. It’s different, on assignment. Because that is a job, with a clear-cut purpose. I get in there, and work. But doing the same when I’m out …

Ganesha Barber

Out on a photowalk the other day, a few of us walked by this old school barbershop and the guy in the blue mask (below) waved at us. So we went over to have a chat, and in the process, …

Homecoming

After 6 months of not shooting at all, what I’m mostly doing now, is taking pictures of light on surfaces. If that surface is a human, it makes for a better frame, but it doesn’t have to be. The creep …

A moment

Listen Read You get that small window between growing twilight and the electric dawn: When the sun kisses concrete peaks and valleys, and shadows wait, shifting in their corners, to pounce. When the light is golden and thick like the …

Bus stop

Singapore Uncle and aunty waiting for the bus. Years ago, pre-Covid-19, from a bus near home. I don’t remember where I was going. Coulda been down the road to the round market for Sarawak kolo mee, or a longer trip …