I thought it would be interesting (and different) to talk about how I record my trips - through the medium of pen and paper instead of film and camera.
|The Great Wall at Badaling|
|Wat Arun, Bangkok|
|My favourite breakfast places in Georgetown|
|3 points of view in the Frankfurt Cathedral|
Recording a building this way and at this angle is similar to using a camera but I think the act of seeing and drawing it makes the memory of the place stronger. When I look at this sketch, I remember most vividly the sound of skateboards hitting the concrete.
|Helsinki - journal entries|
|Bay Hotel, Singapore|
|Context and Memory - helped by some props and souvenirs from the 'site' in Valencia|
I told them about Marcel and how he mentored me (probably without knowing it) and how he left Kuching for Toronto. And later, when I found out that he was terminally ill - I emailed him photos and sketches of his old haunts; usually food places such as this one near a Chinese temple on Carpenter Street. When that didn't seem enough, I mailed these postcard sketches to him. Later on, to add another dimension to his experience of 'home' - I washed the sketches with black vinegar (to evoke the memory of Teochew Kolo Mee which this is traditionally served with). I asked Marcel to smell the postcards - but I never got a reply because shortly after he passed away.
Months later, when his wife visited us in Kuching, I asked her if Marcel received the postcards. She replied 'Yes, he did'. I asked her 'Did he smell them?' She replied again 'Yes, he did, what's up with that?' And I explained.