Between January 2008 and September 2009 Philip J. Bigg travelled extensively in South-East Asia visiting Japan, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Singapore.
The idea for the book title came to him one afternoon in a Vietnam park when he observed a security guard forcibly beating a girl who was hanging out with a group of alcoholics/homeless people. He doesn't know what she'd done to provoke the attack but the inscription on her t-shirt aptly read "I could be your daughter."
Throughout his 21 month journey, he contemplated the role females play in Asian society and particularly their sexualisation and sexploitation. By dressing provocatively are they prostituting themselves to promote products and services?
An exhibition of photographs from the book will be displayed as part of Brighton Photo Fringe 2010 at the Old Co-op Building, 94 - 101 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4LB, UK.
22 - 31 October 2010
Friday - Sunday 12:00 - 17:00
Philip specialises in portraits and travel photography. He has been a professional photographer for over 20 years since completing a Creative Arts degree from Manchester Metropolitan University. Philip’s ultimate passion is travel photography. Throughout the majoroty of 2008/2009, he visited 14 countries in South-East Asia over a 21 month period. He is particularly interested in popular subcultures and capturing alternative travel imagery on the Asian streets such as the hill tribes in northern Vietnam or Japanese fashion victims in Harajuku. Philip’s work has won prestigious Kodak and Kentmere Industry awards and been regularly exhibited and published worldwide. His images are stocked by Alamy Images. He has an MA in Cultural Studies and has curated photographic exhibitions entitled “Who Are We?” and “World Cup London 2010” for the PM Gallery, the largest art gallery in west London. He is Creative Director at Velvet Goldmine Studio, Brighton.