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Bēhance

FIRST ISLAND

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  • Here a few samples of the night shots from a book I am working on.

    A synopsis of the work:

    The project is a photographic portrayal of Penang’s built landscape and the symbioticrelationship between old and new. Shot over two years, it is an exploration of the different static and transient land forms, architecture and traditions. A rich tapestry, painting an intense visual feast of overgrowth, dilapidation, expansion, history, habitation, religion, colonialism, inspirations, restoration and devistation.
    Once hailed as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, my mother’s homeland Penang, shares similarities to it’s main population bearer, China. As a changing island, Penang is a melting pot of land reclamation, new highway construction, collapsing heritage sites, family-owned street food stalls, colonial forts, religiouis temples and industrial factories. All of this is made, left and re-made time and time again.
    The work captures this unique time in Penang’s history - a critical moment that seesthe fate of the island‘s historical and future landscapes redefined. For now, the resilience of the past is starkly juxtaposed with the rapid rise of of the new. 50 years since its independence and now a developing city that may be unrecognisable in years to come, the island is in a state of anticipation wondering where the balance will be struck.