Never did I imagine that, when Min of discofissh and I collaborated, our first meet up would be on platforms five storeys above a pit of darkness, decaying remnants of an abandoned project that has collected dust and haunted rumours over the years.
We had trekked through dilapidated alleyways and climbed up dark stairways, heel-clad feet crunching against mossy cigarette butts and grimy stones and pebbles, to meet the shadows that kiss the lone concrete at nine-fifty-seven in the morning. The location was an urban construction of scrapped stones and cracked cement, an oxymoronic delight I reveled in. One step out the unhinged doorway and one would be hit with the bustle of a metropolis. One step back and the world disappears.
Meet Min of discofissh; Min for minimal, the one who reaches for crisp whites and sleek lines, who lingers in structured blacks and muted nudes. Blogging behind a curiously intriguing moniker, Min cites the quirks of Yanin Namasonthi and Natalie Liao as style inspirations, the latter of whom we gushingly bonded over when we first met a little more than a week ago. It was then no surprise when a mutual decision was reached in less than two text messages regarding the look for this collaboration; minimal for discofissh and grunge for The Mayden. And, of course, black was the axis aligning our looks.
Perhaps the quiet spark that flickered when we first met was the reason why this team up worked so well;, because despite my aggravating yells of terror that had bounced off stale walls and my foolish blunders that had put to shame even the oldest of weeds, Min was, amid our adrenaline-charged probe, patient with my nervous antics, laughing them off with no trace of condescension, offering a helping hand with no words between the lines.
Mind reeling in mad overdrive, we spent two hours exploring the peeling Tartarus, hoping that the sunlight pouring in through unfinished windows would cast the right shadows for our photos and the demons away.
Later on, as Min and I sat in Rack and Brew satisfying the hunger that had been plaguing our stomachs, we both agreed that such a collaboration was the first for the both of us; neither was there ever an experience in our minds that called for trespassing blocked doorways or being chased by chickens behind a grimy neighbourhood, nor ever was there a time we recalled climbing stairs in heels or falling down in platforms.
For two acquaintances to meet and create memories out of rust and dust in a crumbling building is to make sure this never goes forgotten.
Min has written up a post regarding this shoot on her blog, too, with a slightly different take on the series of photographs; the both of us agreed to let our editing creativity run loose on our respective domains and I am quite surprised at the result. Read her write up here!
This has definitely been one of my favourite collaborations to date and to have done it with a blogger who's quickly becoming my favourites in the region was an absolute blast.