about

I am a Malaysia-based lawyer trained in Christchurch.

Stirred by the solitude, boredom and the astounding natural beauty of New Zealand in the eighties I took up photography as a hobby. Taking pictures became a passion for me especially when combined with the great Kiwi pastime of tramping – walking and hiking the length and breadth of that celestial country visually documenting my experience and feelings with youthful curiosity and a second-hand East German camera.

When I returned eventually to Malaysia in 1991 after a decade abroad I saw up-close Asia’s surprising ascendancy as well as its spectacular and sad shortcomings. Changes came to be  measured in months and not years anymore. From Beijing to Yangon (changed from Peking and Rangoon respectively) buildings and national habits vanish often with little trace when you return to a place after just 3 or even 2 years. Not since the industrial revolution has so much change affect so many of people so deeply in so short a period.

Through my photographs and notes I try to make sense of the world I witness around me.

I agree very much with Cecil Day-Lewis who 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 like what I do or wish to share your idea, proposal or experience, please feel free to post  a comment here or write to me at kerkboonleng@gmail.com

Happy viewing!

Kerk Boon Leng

2 thoughts on “about

  1. I have just unearthed a 1991 (?) photograph of you, Agent Mimi Tam, Agent Wing Yee and “Anil Gupta, the charming bellhop of the Esplanade Hotel” taken at Devonport, Auckland. The quality is very good but it is not quite in the class of these…

  2. What a pleasant surprise. Please post that photo here. It would be wonderful to see Mr Gupta posing with Chinese VIP tourists at a posh hotel in those more egalitarian times.

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