The portrait you see on the right is not of myself but my paternal grandfather. There’s no writing on the back of the photo but it was most likely taken in Hong Kong circa 1930: roughly 20 years after the fall of the Qing Dynasty and a decade before the Imperial Japanese Army breached the Gin Drinkers Line and set their eyes on Hong Kong Island.
It’s incredible how the effects of war and revolution have caused me to grow up thousands of miles away from my homeland and speak a foreign language but I’m a firm believer in kismet and the importance of looking to the past to understand our future.
First and foremost, I want to help others. One way is to use my photographs to promote social change, another is to document hope and beauty in places and circumstances where popular media says we should not expect to find them.
Most of my work is done in partnership with smaller NGOs who need professional grade photographs for annual reports and promotional materials but are on a tight budget. While my clients offer what little they can, when they can, my real motivation is knowing that my photographs will serve a greater purpose.
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