Rebecca Chew

 

 

Rebecca Chew is a photographer who works as a graphic designer, illustrator, and an art director. While her day job offers a creative outlet, photography and writing are where she expresses her personal self. She is interested in telling stories through the narrative of seemingly ordinary details.

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GRANDMA BLUES

In the melancholy shade of Harpic Flushmatic are cyanotypes of my late grandmother's face, burned into paper by the Malaysian sun. It is a countenance I still see in my dreams, the face I wish I could hold on to longer.

My grandmother was a teacher and a home econs queen. This was her Chinese School Teacher's Association membership card.

My grandmother was what the Cantonese call a 'rice bucket' or 飯桶; no meal is complete without rice.

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My grandmother married my grandfather in 1953. From her telling, he had more love for the drink and his dogs.

My grandmother in her bridal dress with her best friend/mahjong buddy.

When my grandfather died of a heart attack while waiting for a haircut on November 26 1979, she kept the tearaway calendar to commemorate (celebrate?) his death. His passing, under the headline "Death Comes At a Barber's Chair", made it in two English and Chinese dailies.

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