Wilfred Lim

Story Self-Portraits

© Wilfred Lim

“This series was shot to serve as my commentary on the social-political happenings in my hometown of Pengerang, Malaysia.”


─── by Edward Clay, February 7, 2019

Fan of classical painting, Malaysian Chinese photographer Wilfred Lim utilizes photography as a painting tool to convey his ideas, often presenting his vision and criticism through dream-like imagery.

Wilfred Lim superhero, self portrait photography
superhero


WL: This series was shot to serve as my commentary on the social-political happenings in my hometown of Pengerang, Malaysia. Unfortunately, Pengerang is currently undergoing serious environmental destruction due to the construction of an oil refinery.

The scenarios presented in the images are heightened realities. Through the manipulation of the metaphorical relationship between the environment and myself, these meticulously composited imageries also aim to criticize the political situation in contemporary Malaysia

Wilfred Lim bubblebath, self portrait photography
bubblebath
rm30
Wilfred Lim roots self portrait photography
roots
letmespeak


WL: Whenever I need inspiration for my projects, I always talk to myself. The young boy in the photo is a representation of the younger me when I was still living in Malaysia. Being Malaysian Chinese, I have experienced inequity and racial discrimination.

I felt my voice constantly being suppressed and remain unheard. Photography thus becomes an outlet where I can voice my opinions.

Wilfred Lim lobster self portrait photography
lobster
Wilfred Lim classroom self portrait photography
classroom
python
redpaint


All images © Wilfred Lim, Self-Portraits