Earlier this year, photographer Paul Cox came over to take a series of photos of me for a photography project focusing on storytellers. He was travelling around the South East of England taking pictures of storytellers in their natural habitat – or rather the places where they got their inspiration. Among the storytellers he had collected were those who specialised in folk tales, myths and legends and local places. I was his only subject whose work is around personal narrative with an East Asian twist.
It was fascinating to watch him work, using a medium format camera and film – yes, film! It was one of those old fashioned looking cameras that you look down at. He also used a light meter. It all felt very charming and old fashioned!
Here is another of the shots below… These pics show me in my garden where I love to sit, looking at the sky and trees, feeling the breeze and listening to the birds. I find it a beautiful and inspiring place to spend time, giving me energy and freshness to then return to my writing and rehearsals.
The photo shoot culminated in a couple of small exhibitions – one at Southampton University and the other in East London.
I have to confess that I cropped the original digital versions that he sent me and enhanced them a little for the purposes of displaying them online. Although the original print versions look great untouched in their full physical glory, somehow the digital versions looked flat and small in the small area of this blog post. So, sorry, Paul, if you are reading this blog post and despairing at my mangling of your original pictures…
Photos: Paul Cox
Yang-May Ooi is an award-winning TEDx speaker, bestselling author and story performer. Her work uses the power of personal narrative to inspire women to develop authentic confidence and become collaborative leaders. She is currently rehearsing a one woman story performance, Bound Feet Blues, which will be showcased in London’s West End in Oct 2014.