(photo taken with Canon 50E, Kodak Elitechrome 100 Cross Processed)
Let me take a second to cut and paste the image of her hips, Alysa’s upper body, Lisa’s lips and Cassandra’s lower back onto a canvas that is already completed. Because skin bleach is just a Ctrl Alt Delete to being born the wrong colour. We can fix it! Says the man with the overly white smile - and he can fix those too. Teeth. Cheeks. Because they are supposed to gleam unrealistically. Chins were meant to have sharp cuts. Thighs aren’t supposed to touch. The love we’re supposed to satisfy ourselves with; let me take a moment to trim that incase it adds to my jean size. I can try to find it through someone else. Later. Nature got it wrong the first time around, so we cut ourselves open.
Conversations by the Window Seatis an ongoing creative collaboration between Adrian Seah and Romila Barryman, with photos and writing themed around a common love of travel and discovery.
View other Conversations by the Window Seat or read more of Romila’s writing at her blog Daydreamsonlooseleafpaper
Wing Shya | Hong Kong Photographer, Director
One of my favourite photographers is Hong Kong based Wing Shya. Long time collaborator with auteur director Wong Kar Wai, Wing Shya is equally comfortable in fashion, film and art and his photographs often look like stills out of a movie.
I met Wing Shya at a talk he held at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art many years ago, and the impression he left was deep, his ethereal images are distinctive and seem to always to be a part of a larger narrative, invoking the viewer to imagine what happened before, and after the frame imortalised. His bold colour palatte and grainy pictures are very urban and visceral, of disenfranchised youth and jilted lovers contemplating their loss. I remember Shya saying that he likes working with expired film, as the results are unpredictable and organic, words which definitely describes his work well.
Wing Shya runs Shya-la-la Workshop in Hong Kong and apart from his photography, has also directed music videos and the film ‘Hot Summer Days’.
View the photos from my Hong Kong series.