I’m in the midst of final preparations for my first solo photography exhibition, titled Coast to Coast which will be held in Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft, Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar on the 12 February, 2012. It’s a small selection of 22 high quality prints for sale, from my over 100 pictures of all things coastal, though “coastal” here has a pretty loose interpretation, as you may discover soon enough.
Coast to Coast is a collection of pictures depicting where the edge of the land meets water, its geographies and the people who have carved a home out of it for themselves. More importantly, these photographic expressions point to an urgent need to re-examine our relationship with clean water, a fast depleting natural resource.
This huge network of water is an indispensable support structure and sustenance that is often taken for granted. Rapid industrial growth and economic advancement in this modern day leads to major pollution and overfishing which threaten livelihoods of fishermen and food security worldwide. It is with awe that we fail to realize the ocean, being a body of water occupying two-thirds of the world is made for men with no gills, as observed by Ambrose Bierce.
The joy and bewilderment I hold for the beach is simply indescribable. Almost everything about it is refreshing and enlightening. Time spent in its vicinity is made sweeter by fast changing hues in the skies that link budding moods to moments. Thoughts wander, mind unwinds, memories alive.
The sound and sight of rushing waves speak to the soul. The resulting effect is calming, almost sensual. People have long been drawn to this beckoning call of the ocean. The allure and charm of the ocean is likened to that of watching a crackling bon fire, the power of which is both mesmerizing and awe-inspiring. Coastal escapades indeed are a place of healing and joy.
The ocean is where lives and cities are lost, souls are reborn, many a song is written, knowledge gained, and communities of families are raised. From ancient greek mythologies to present day science discoveries of what we know about this complex but beautiful ecosystem, this large habitat is as much a food source as it is, an indicator of our world’s health.
I’ve always been struck by the beauty of coastlines, their sensitive ecosystems and the ways in which man has become a part of it all. These pictures try to capture some of that fascination.
From mangrove swamps to estuaries, lakes, rivers, streams, tributaries and beaches to the wide open ocean, Coast to Coast aims to string together the elements of humanity that inhabit the edge of the biggest habitat on earth. This exhibition offers the viewer a glimpse into the various economic, social and tourism aspects of this vast ecosystem.
The soft launch begins at 5pm till 7pm. Cocktails will be served. While it’s a small photography exhibition, I do hope you would drop by to check out my works and hopefully, we can forge new social and working relationship in this exciting 2012.
Am certainly looking forward to seeing you all there! Come walk with me from Coast to Coast.
“There is indeed, perhaps, no better way to hold communion with the sea than sitting in the sun on the veranda of a fishermen’s cafe”. ~ Joseph W. Beach