Suddenly The Grass Became Greener

$390 HKD
Kevin WY Lee | 165 Pages | Hardcover
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Plant and soil experts came to Singapore in 1978 to study our soil conditions. Our harsh equatorial sun and heavy Southeast Asian rains were not favourable to growing healthy green gramineae. The rains would wash away our topsoil and leach all nutrients.

The experts recommended constant layering of heavy compost fertiliser and lime to our porous soil. The gardener at Istana tested this on his lawns. Suddenly the grass became greener.


Suddenly The Grass Became Greener by Kevin WY Lee is a book of photographs made in Singapore during her 50th year as a nation, and the coincidental death of her gardener.

Author's Note
This is my first independently authored and published book. I am allured by the book as a vulnerable artefact of our times, and the possibility that it may pass hand to hand, near and wide, enter private spaces and into small, quiet conversations with its readers.

Suddenly The Grass Became Greener is a portrait of Singapore. Most of the photographs were collected in 2015, a most historic year undoubtedly, but the book has been much longer in the living and making. The images are accompanied by two exclusive essays by Singapore writers I greatly admire: Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh of Floating on a Malayan Breeze: Travels in Malaysia and Singapore fame and upcoming young writer Charmaine Poh. The fabric-wrapped hardcover has a debossed illustration by Singapore artist and friend Mindflyer. The book is printed by Grenadier Press, one of Singapore's premier offset print houses.

About Kevin WY Lee
Kevin WY Lee is a photographer and creative director based in Singapore. He has worked as a creative professional for over 15 years. In 2010, I founded Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA), a well followed platform for Photography & Visual Arts in Asia.

He participates vigorously in photography and art across the region as a practitioner, curator, producer and editor. He is a curator and nominator for various festivals and programs, including the Angkor Photo Festival, Prix Pictet Award and PhotoQuai Biennale. He has also served as a jury for international competitions including the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards, Singapore Creative Circle Awards, The Big Picture Contest, and Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards.

Suddenly The Grass Became Greener︱Photographs by Kevin WY Lee︱ISBN 978-981-09-8455-7︱225 mm x 175 mm︱165 Pages︱43 colour & 13 monochrome images︱Fabric-wrapped hardcover︱Language: English|Edition: 500 copies|Published by Invisible Photographer Asia|May 2016