I am a lawyer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Stirred by the solitude, boredom and breathtaking surroundings as a student in Christchurch in the 80s I turned to taking pictures. This hobby combined with tramping – the great New Zealand pastime of walking and climbing the length and breadth of a celestial country became a passion as I learnt to visually document my experience and feelings with youthful curiosity and a second-hand East German camera.
When I returned to Malaysia after a decade abroad I saw up-close Asia’s astounding ascendancy as well as its spectacular and sad shortcomings. Here was a place where changes came in months sometimes weeks and not years anymore. From Mumbai to Yangon to Beijing (not long ago Bombay, Rangoon and Peking ) buildings, customs and habits vanish often with little trace when you return to a place in just two or three years. Not since the industrial revolution has so much change affect so many people so deeply in such short a period.
Through my photographs and notes I try to make sense of the world I witness around me.
I agree with Cecil Day-Lewis. He said:
“.. I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.”
If you are inspired or wish to share your view, idea or experience please feel free to post a comment here or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to hear from you.
Home is where your heart is but go where you feel most alive.
Kerk Boon Leng