Something came back to Dump of the Day collections—Abandoned chairs. There were enough of them in Washington DC, mostly in my neighbourhood, to compile them as a gallery.
They have a special place in my heart. My fascination with street rubbish started with them. From that, it transformed into my early personal project in Sydney—Anywhere Chair. I will not replicate it but still enjoy spotting them.
These materials were actually pivotal for my creative works. They transitioned me from photography into making videos. It started from a short film about abandoned chairs, then ambient videos on a red sofa. When I got into COFA, broken TVs were used for a looped video assignment. And it concluded with video installation about torn mattresses.
No one would care how they got there or how they would end but they were so intriguing to me that I needed to exercise my imagination to tell their stories. Having explored them again reminded me how beauty could be discovered from discarded lives on the streets.
On another aspect, I was thinking of doing urban landscape comparison between my old photography and the latest visit. But there was no concrete plan for it and I enjoyed drifting in the streets and back lanes. However, I got a chance to do only one properly.
Early this year, I had a chance to have a break from a work trip in Kuala Lumpur before heading back to Bangkok. So I took that afternoon to visit its renowned street food—Jalan Alor. There wasn’t really much anything since it was too early. However, I found its back lane. And that was a real good fun photography I hadn’t taken for a long time.
Back in Sydney years, one of my favourites photo walk was exploring back lanes and decoding them. What fascinated me the most about it was that it was, to me, more honest than what it was presented in the front. It’s just the naked appealing.
This back lane in Kuala Lumpur added an Asian flavour into the British colonial city plan, something I don’t think I could find neither in Sydney nor in Bangkok.
This work is pretty much the same content as Red Sofa, exhibited on Marrickville Art Prize 2007, but different medium. When the print was commented at the opening night that it cried out loud to be a moving image, I could not agree more. I am happy to take that on board. And here we go, another short films collection of dumped stuff on the streets of Sydney after Anywhere Chairs.
A journey from end to end on Cavendish Lane, a back street stretching from Stanmore to Enmore, New South Wales, Australia. This is a celebration of the diverse community where I live. I capture the lines, pattern and texture that exist along the street with Nikon D70 camera and arrange the photographs as a simple slide show. The music, Travelling, is composed by CamTarn. Thanks, Andy for wonderful Electronica.
You can download a better quality video of Roaming Canvendish Lane directly. It is 9.41 minute long, so be please patient . There will be a shortcut version coming soon. Please let me know what you think of it.