Making After The Rain

I would like to introduce you to my photography project, After The Rain, that will be presented at “River to river, coast to coast” event at the HF ArtsFest on 8th June 2019 in west London.

It also coincides with the launch of my first photography magazine, After The Rain, Number 1, which is published by Story Of Books, a GLUE Studio imprint.

A sparrow at the jetty. Lumut, Perak.

A sparrow at the jetty. Lumut, Perak.

Print proofs of  After The Rain, Number 1 . It’s a collection of photographs taken over seven years.

Print proofs of After The Rain, Number 1. It’s a collection of photographs taken over seven years.

The project is the first time of sorts for me – as a self-published artist and author – and talking about a subject close to my heart, which is the islands I grew up on. I also document the changes I’ve observed on our simple little paradise due to pollution in the waterways.

In the first chapter, I talked about finding one’s voice as an artist. I’m a commercial artist by profession and I am pretty good at telling other people’s story. I’ve produced travel editorials and campaigns for two decades. But I’ve often wondered what my true artistic voice outside the commercial framework sounds like.

This is the premise of After The Rain. It’s a self-retrospection journey to trace the disconnection between my own life and Nature. I have a huge wish to change the wrongs in world, but I realised that I can only start doing it by changing my own old belief system.

After The Rain, Number 1  features an intimate look at a seaside life around Pangkor island.

After The Rain, Number 1 features an intimate look at a seaside life around Pangkor island.

Cooking rice in the outdoor.

Cooking rice in the outdoor.

I could’ve used a different, stronger voice to tell this story. But I fear it won’t work well this time round. We know facts are not enough to win hearts anymore. So, I’m going back to square one to reclaim my naïve eyes again to describe what I see, which is harder than it sounds.

This project is a meditation on the subject I know best, which is living around water and the islands. There’s no harm in stopping and taking some time for self-reflection, since we are hurtling fast towards mass extinction in this age of Anthropocene.

After The Rain also alludes to the feeling of calm and relief after a storm. You could say it’s about a new beginning after a turbulent passage.

After the rain by the seaside.

After the rain by the seaside.

“River to river, coast to coast” event is on 8th June 2019, at Re:Centre Hammersmith. For details and ticket, please visit this page.

After The Rain project

Story Of Books

Words and photography by Zarina Holmes. All photography © Zarina Holmes