Joan Leong

PHOTOGRAPHER, MEDIA PROFESSIONAL

JoanLeong

Joan has always loved telling good stories. She started an early career in speech and drama at the age of 17, evolving to capturing moments through photography and crafting stories through television shows. She has produced popular large format reality shows, such as The Amazing Race Australia (which won an International Emmy), Asia’s Next Top Model and Cash Cab Asia. Through her work, she aims to share stories of transformation and growth. Her latest project ‘The Kings’ tells the inspirational love story of a transgender woman and her wife, chronicling their journey of struggles and acceptance in the modern landscape.

She volunteers for ‘Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep’, a worldwide network of photographers who stand in the gap when families have suffered a stillbirth or early infant loss. She believes through remembrance photography, that families will be able to tell their life stories of love.

Grieving through Remembering
追掉记忆

Society has conditioned us to celebrate a life lived when it is an adult, but we hush a baby’s death like it is something to hide. A life, any life, deserves to be celebrated and treasured. With adults, we have a lifetime of photos perhaps. But with babies, we may only have those few hours, if at all. In those painful moments, in death, we celebrate life. Around the world, more parents are choosing to have professional photos taken of their stillborn or dying babies, facilitating the grieving process by allowing themselves the time and space to honour their babies.

社会约定俗成地对于一个成年人的死亡怀有深深的缅怀,却对于一个婴儿的死亡却保持缄默,就好像是一件见不得人的事情。任何一条生命都值得被怀念、值得被珍重。成年人可能有贯穿一生的照片记录着曾经的一切,而一个早逝的婴儿却只有短短几个小时在世的时间。在这些痛苦的瞬间里,我们用死亡庆祝生命。全世界大部分的家长通过选择用专业级别的照片来记录他们流产或者垂死的婴孩,从而给自己时间和空间去怀念亡孩并让自己从沉痛的心情中走出来。

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