‘Not too bad’ - replied someone when I asked him ‘How are you?’ a few days after I had arrived in Auckland. I said ‘why, what’s wrong?’, to which he immediately replied ‘nothing, why?’ and left the room. With time I learned that this kiwi ambiguity perhaps had something to do with my photography after all these years, in which, each frame may not be enough to tell the whole story, but just enough to raise a question.
‘Not too bad’ is much about the places I’ve seen, as they are about the people I’ve encountered and my personal reactions to the environment. Photography simply happens as a consequence of such encounters.
These are little fragments of my life as an immigrant in a place I now learnt to call ‘home’. Struggles, longings and frustrations. In a way, this is the type of letter you write home about, that says ‘I’m doing OK, nothing is seriously wrong, maybe a few little things, but not really worth mentioning, however here’s what I’ve seen, I hope you find these photographs not too bad'.
The following are photos of the handmade limited edition book made to celebrate the opening of the solo exhibition 'Not Too Bad' at Parrotdog Gallery in Wellington, NZ - 2019
• 160 x 210mm / 6.3 x 8.3in
• 12 gatefold spreads + yellow half cover
• 33 B&W photographs
• Sewn stitched binding w/ black thread
• Black slipcase with 'black on black' print
• Handmade Edition of 50 - Numbered