In the past few weeks while editing his photos, Shyue Woon was drawn down an internal pathway of reflection on what got him started on this project close to eight years ago. While the memory of how it all began felt evanescent and elusive, the energies and atmospheres of the shoots stayed with him vividly.
In his words, “I remembered not feeling alone. Maybe the dark atmosphere, with a hint of fear—of desperately clinging to fantasy because the real world is scary and unfair, with the fear of everything you ever cherish will vanish at some point.
Maybe this is how I interpret ‘Purgatory’, a space neither heaven nor hell.”