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OOTC: December

November was a black hole month. I literally produced nothing on the personal front because I was completely immersed in work, so we are skipping straight to December, where the opposite happened, and I was on a self-imposed sabbatical. Resuming my walks in the lil city of HK I have called home for many years meant another landscape to befriend all over again. I love the New Territories, where my family has lived for 14 years: the colours, the quiet, the daily rhythms, the old haunts and new developments. December is a month of endings but it’s also the month I was born, so for me December is about beginnings and repetitions. What does it mean to take the same pathways year after year, but be different? Or what does it be to be the same person and follow different pathways every year? What are the similarities between those two ways of life and how do I live somewhere in between? The act of returning to familiar spaces is a source of great comfort for …

OOTC – October

As I hit the last quarter of 2017, my schedule became overwhelmingly busy and I found myself without the time or ability to do my usual monthly walk-abouts. Instead, I managed to squeeze in some studio time to do a photo shoot with my partner, and got some solo shots taken on the fly by Chloe. October was about preparations. Getting ready for November, getting ready for work, getting ready to leave, getting ready for all the different life events that don’t wait for you to have less work to do. Getting ready seems to be a prelude to a main event, but often times, it becomes a main event all its own. How does one become ready enough, and is that something we can ever know in advance? Or is it only through the retrospection of success or failure that gives us the means to evaluate our preparation? This is a difficult but necessary question, because as I get older, I find the stakes growing. My readiness has a wider impact zone, and the …

OOTC: September

Yes. I’m behind. Waaay behind. In September I spent a bit of time away from Toronto and road tripped with some friends around the Eastern coast of Canada. It was my first time on that side of the country, and the first time in a while where I was so constantly close to the ocean. When this happens. I film poems. The last visual poem: Untitled features footage from this September trip. The landscape unrolled in all my favourite hues, and I felt immensely restful to be near large bodies of water again. The seafood was spectacular, the weather forgiving, and the journey overflowing. Spending hours with people I love, doing banal things like driving along the coast, hiking long trails, and looking for good food are precious threads of this year’s fabric of living. As I get older, I find it more challenging to hold on to these relationships amidst the meandering pathways we’re all taking through life. Convergence is a gift and an effort, and I felt that in shades and tones as I …