If you’ve been following me here, then you’ll know that a little over a year ago I spent three months living in China in an attempt to do a photo project about my early childhood years there. I had captured a ton of images, but I never imagined I would be writing a 2000-word personal essay that would be published in the Globe and Mail along with my photos.
I had met up with Theresa Suzuki, a photo editor at the Globe last June to go over my portfolio and give me some pointers to how I can “one day” shoot for the Globe. But she loved my project so much that she encouraged me to write a piece to go along with the images for publishing.
I was very excited, my expectations for the meeting were blown out of the waters, and I was incredibly nervous, because I hadn’t written anything seriously for a long long time. As well, I had been working on the project for so long on my own, that I started to lose sight of its artistic merit, and ts importance.
I’m so very grateful for Theresa for being so supportive of me and my work from that first time we met, and for all the people at the Globe who had contributed to the creation of the piece. Editors Mark Medley, and Lisan Jutras, and Bryan Gee for the layout and design.
The experience also solidifies something which I am trying to get better at this year, which is to trust myself. Trust that my ideas have merit and that I have something important to share with the world. Trust the little voices within that I so often instinctively question. I’m so proud of this piece and I’m excited to share it.
This is by no means the end of this project. It will be taking on another form in an exhibition at the Ryerson Image Center this fall. I will also be returning to China to capture some more material this May. I’m sure I will continue to blog about it here.