Dina Lun says her work is an attempt at understanding unfamiliar realities, situations, spaces and objects through photography in the fast passed digital age. When everything currently seems to depend on the ASAP principle, Lun says she has created her own, ASAP category – As Strange As Possible– to understand this paradox. This strangeness induces the viewer to stop, think and change the angle of view on habitual things.
She explains that for her, photography in general is a practice that teaches mindfulness, concentration and removes all unnecessary noise; something that undoubtedly helps her navigate this "as soon as possible" approach to modern life .
"It’s a kind of Zen, with an ultimate aim of knowing
the emptiness and essence of all things".
Lun explains the beginning of her slightly unconventional photographic journey in a some what love-hate manner. Her love for creating and arranging images is was, and still is, so innate that even when she had turned away from them she came full circle giving into her passions.
"I began studying photography in high school, but at the moment when it became wildly popular, and every third person was to calling themselves a photographer, I threw all my cameras and ideas of become a photographer away. Despite the fact that somehow my work has been associated with images, I forgot about photography for several years. I got taken back to it a few years ago, when my life suddenly became a never-ending journey, never spending more than three months in one place."
She continues; "I first started making pictures just in my mind – I had this old habit of collecting pictures in my head. But when I realized that the there wash't enough space for them, I had to buy a camera––a film camera to be precise, as I still believe that real photos are analog photos. Although sometimes I use digital if necessary".
These images are just a handful from her documentation of an adventure through Bali and Thailand, and it's evident Lun took every moment for what it was. Ensure she captured every small detail and beauty whilst denying the fast pace and allure of the ASAP nature of modern reality.
Words/ Jamie-Maree Shipton