I am packed; standing nearby the kitchen looking around my empty loft. The movers have just left, and all my belongings are now heading into storage. My bright orange suitcase stands excitedly waiting by the door. This is it. The moment of the unknown. How, where, and who I meet will now all be through my lens. A goodbye to Brooklyn, and a hello to Hong Kong.
Directing is my number one passion. Photography is the foundation of motion picture. I think it’s important to understand an impact of a still image. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I believe that. With directing film, the images are moving, and it’s worth knowing how to direct an actor and to create composition in your frame that facilitates the story. Hence, I love being behind the lens.
Monique Lai’s first solo photography exhibit, Private Property, will run six weeks at the ArcLight Hollywood. She is the director of Jamaica, Farewell, a one-woman show in Los Angeles that has been accepted into the prestigious international NY Fringe Festival and will perform at Woodstock.