In some ways, I still have one foot in 2015. One of the intentions I had for the year was to connect with people and to begin forging connections with them over coffees, nasi kandar or pizza and hopefully laughter. These were my clients who trusted me with their wedding photography. At other times, these were photographers and creatives whose work I’d been admiring and vice-versa.
Writing messages to say ‘hello’ and to express what their work meant to me was getting out of my comfort zone. Sometimes it still is. But offering people a kind word about their work, how it inspires me to look at my own images differently and encourages me to be a better photographer has been one of the highlights of my year. Not only for the words received in kind but because of the conversations and meetings that have resulted.
The readers, the viewers, the people who follow what I do: I couldn’t have had such an incredible year without your support. So, thank you for believing in me and my work and for allowing me to string you along on these adventures. Moving forward, instead of simply connecting with you through the images I create, I want to actually meet you—in real life—for a coffee at home in Penang and / or a tea half way across the world.
Photography for me has always been about exploration and adventure, whether it’s for weddings or travel or otherwise. A huge thank you to everyone who carved out some time for me, assisting me, over coffee, a trek through the woods for outdoor session, whatapps or via an email or message. You helped in making my year a great one.
2016’s shaping up to be interesting and it goes without saying that I’m very, very excited and I’m ready for you.