about

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 kerkboonleng@gmail.com. I will be happy to hear from you.

Home is where your heart is but go where you feel most alive.

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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