Shifts, flows, transformations – these processes capture my imagination and I use my camera to trace the paths of developments, sometimes over the course of many years, whether it’s the rising surge of globalisation and climate change in Southeast Asia or an intimate rite of passage in the life of a young man in post-capitalist Europe.
I want my photographs to capture the sites of change, giving a glimpse of the interface – a space of complete paradox – at which we mourn what has been lost, even as we are turning towards what has been gained. For me, those moments often embody deep uncertainty and vulnerability, but also celebration and ecstasy. My objects may seek comfort in rituals to fulfil their fantasies of permanence.
I give my viewers a direct image of these deeply human turning points, these instants of doubt, shyness or hesitation, as well as the thrill of transformative life experiences. My artistic world summons ghosts from our shared past into the present, revealing the power of the relic, which is at once stabilising and highly disruptive. Here, the boundaries that define us become ephemeral. Young men blossom into angels for a fleeting night of unforgettable beauty. Meanwhile, globalisation rises to new tipping points, threatening to wash over local identities like a tsunami wave while my subjects and I paddle on the crest of a life-changing wave.