JAMIE'S STORY

I grew up in Singapore, a very competitive society and environment which meant that since the age of oh, 6 or 7, my life revolved around after school tutoring and exams (which I absolutely dreaded!). While my parents were very serious about my education, they also valued time off together as a family. Fondest memories from my childhood have been making paper mache messes with my sister and beach days with my family. We would observe the little catfish that swam in the currents and build sandcastles. I miss those days.

At the age of 12, in hopes of starting a new life for us, my family moved to Canada which we now call home. Seeing snow fall from the sky for the first time is still one of the most magical experiences of my life and I’m currently still on a journey in discovering what it means to be Canadian, eh? Most of my family still live in Singapore & Malaysia and I go back to visit every few years.

My partner, Ty and I met in Film school. Fast forward 9 years, we now live in a little condo in Burnaby with our dog, Buhda. We love spending our time hiking, camping, travelling, chillin’ at the beach and being outdoors. When we can't be outdoors, we snuggle up on the couch and binge watch TV shows. Our big dream is to own land on the Sunshine Coast with a house and a big yard where we'll have dogs, cats, mice, goats, pigs, sheep, alpacas and all the animals we could possibly fit on there.

Having lost my uncle and grandmother to cancer and watching the world around speed by, I’ve taken it upon myself to learn to meditate and to appreciate the simplest of moments. This is why I love photographing human connections and all the little in-between moments that tend to pass us by so quickly. These moments don’t last forever – don’t wait til it’s too late to enjoy and preserve them.

MY HISTORY IN PHOTOGRAPHY

I've always wondered where my love from photography came. I realized that this passion actually was passed down from my "Ah Gong" (Grandfather on my dad's side of the family). It was very important to him that professional family portraits were taken each year and so everyone would get dressed up in collared shirts and nice new dresses for the group photo. Ah Gong also loved to document life at home. Ah Mah explained that back then, they lived in a very tiny wooden house before electricity was in homes. They used little kerosene lamps for light. Because Ah Gong had to develop film, he needed the room to be in complete darkness - so often, the family sat in the dark while Ah Gong processed his film!

The love for photography carried on from Ah Gong to my father who has been documenting our childhood for many years. He took the photo above of me, my mom and sister playing at the beach and it is still one of my favourites today.

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