alexandra leese's year in photos

Helmut Lang, a trip back to Hong Kong, a debut i-D story. This is 12 months in the life of photographer Alexandra Leese.

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Dec 3 2018, 3:30pm

We asked a handful of our favourite photographers to look back at 2018 and remember it through the photographs they took. From i-D contributions to personal pictures of friends, family and strangers on the street, this is Alexandra Leese: My Year in Photos.

Alexandra Leese's work contemplates identity and our place in the world. Born in Hong Kong but educated in the UK, her dual-heritage has awarded her a sensitivity that allows her to capture her subjects so honestly. We first got to know her work through the photo-project, Boys of Hong Kong, a varied and extensive documentary series and zine of images that contemplated masculinity in China. Then, for our most recent issue, she collaborated with London-based designer ASAI on a powerful celebration of his designs shot in Moganshan, China. Beyond i-D, Alex has contributed editorials to the likes of Office, Document Journal and Heroine and campaign imagery for Helmut Lang.

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January
I saw in the New Year back home in Hong Kong. This is a view over Sham Shui Po.

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February

The month that celebrates love of all kinds. This is a picture of Horton and Pak.

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March
I released my personal project Boys of Hong Kong, which I developed into a 60-page zine. This was the cover photo of school boy Jackie and his best friend Kenneth.

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April
The Helmut Lang taxi series was released this month. In this picture is 75-year-old taxi driver Ah Yat from Hong Kong, who grew up on the streets smoking opium, and turned his life around driving a taxi.

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May
Here is a photo I took in Hong Kong of pig hearts in the market. I like how they are so similar to the human heart, a reminder that we are not as different as some like to believe!

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June
This image reminds me of summer nights in Hong Kong, when the moisture and the street lights create beautiful colors in the fish tanks.

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July
How I celebrated my birthday in Greece!

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August
The release of one of my favorite campaigns -- Women of Wales for Helmut Lang. This is the fabulous 73-year-old Gillian, mother to the late Steve Strange, photographed in her hometown, Porthcawl.

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September
My sister Sam on our family holiday in Sri Lanka.

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October
This photo was part of an editorial I did for the latest i-D issue released end of October. It was also used to promote the V& Lates x i-D event, in which I took part in a panel discussion about photo books. This story is one of my favorites to date, and I got to travel to Moganshan in China with my good friend and amazing designer, Asai.

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November
My friend Matt at home. Maybe a start of a new personal project!

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December
Looking forward to going home to Hong Kong, which has some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.

Credits


Photography Alexandra Leese

This article originally appeared on i-D UK.