In Context is a series of images that emerged out of exploratory walks in my adopted city of Vancouver, British Columbia. They are street photographs but not meant to be documentary, although they are found images as opposed to constructed ones. To work as a street photographer, one must be willing to walk for long hours. It is walking with a purpose but at the same time, it’s open-ended. It’s permission to walk without a destination, to explore, and discover, to wander, in the true sense of the word. Walking and photographing has always been a way for me to locate myself. The images on these pages are an ongoing investigation of figure/ground relationships: between the subject and the space, between myself and the city of Vancouver.
This set of 3 books/18 images was shot between November 2015 and March 2015. Each book contains an original poem.
The streets of Phnom Penh are mayhem: motorcycles, cars, trucks, Tuk Tuks and bicycles, all packed with multiple passengers moving forward –or backward-with no discernable lanes. At first, it’s intimidating- but as you get used to it, you begin to appreciate the grace in the flow of the traffic. In contrast to western highways where solitary commuters on cellphones drive on auto-pilot, driving in Phnom Penh is a group activity-participatory and immersive. This book is a tribute to that poetry in motion.