This collection of photographs shows an intimate look at family and vietnamese culture. It deals with issues to do with illness, intergenerational relationships, poverty and survival. The images feel intimate, diaristic, poetic and human. The main focus of the work was to capture the reality of the subjects- the people, the surroundings and the atmosphere. However some photographs were staged in order to spend more time with the situation and to pause time.









Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which overactive white blood cells in your body attacks your bodies cells and tissues instead of fighting off infection. This causes inflammation, pain and possible organ damage. Symptoms include constant fatigue, loss of weight and skin rashes such as the classic butterfly rash across the cheeks and nose. At present there is no known cure for Lupus, only the relief of its symptoms. The diagnosis of Lupus is a very long, demanding and frustrating time for the sufferer since its symptoms ‘mimics’ other illnesses which can mislead doctors. The sufferer may become depressed, withdrawn and isolated, 2009

archival pigment print, framed, 21 x 30cm










In Vietnamese culture, herbal remedies and ointments would be used to help relieve symptoms or to treat sickness. Carefully selected plants would be put within large containers along with alcohol/ tonic and left to soak for several weeks. The resulting liquid would be drunk as the medicine, 2008

archival pigment print, framed, 21 x 30cm











The blood test results, the foot x-rays, the patient queue times and the long diagnosis process, 2008

archival pigment print, framed, 21 x 30cm











Death Day is a remembrance day of the deceased family members. The day of death is celebrated in Vietnam as opposed to the birthday of the deceased, with sacrifices, food and prayers being made. Families would gather together each year to show their respects and good wishes, 2008

archival pigment print, framed, 21 x 30cm












Remembering and respecting the dead is a strong element in Vietnamese culture, 2009

archival pigment print, framed, 21 x 30cm













Exhibition view at Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, December 2009














Exhibition view at Oxford House, Bethnal Green, April 2009














Exhibition view at Oxford House, Bethnal Green, April 2009