“These pictures are a continuation of my love for subtlety, ambiguity, and mystery. I’m drawn towards neutral faces and the idea of effortless. Then I play around with details (i.e. jewellery, symbols, lines, etc.) that I think add depth. Less is more.
For everything I do, I never start off with a plan. I prefer being, changing, and evolving simultaneously with the things I create. Maybe it’s subconsciously because I’m scared that if I expect too much, I will be disappointed with the end results. It’s much better when I end up surprising myself. I tend to use the resources available around me (rather than studio set up, for example) and play around/go beyond with the things I already know how to do.
I used to take more pictures of architecture or any lines that pleased my sight. However, this project made me realize how much I love taking pictures of people, more specifically, my friends (I grew up with the girl in these pictures). I manage to add lines in the portraits or edited photos.
The manipulated pictures are created in similar ways. I have experimented with editing photos for a very long time. The ideas come to me in the process of cutting and pasting. I love when my edited photos turn out to look like semi-sketches or paintings. I have also been writing poetry for a few years now. I’m trying to find ways to incorporate it into my pictures. I’m an extremely eclectic person and I love the idea of blending all my tastes in some way.
These pictures show what my personal culture is — the picking-and-choosing from my parent’s traditions and from the western traditions I grew up within.”