More often than not, we go about our days with set tasks and goals, driven by a sense of purpose. Something always needs doing – places to go, people to meet and work to finish. This cycle of accomplishment is beautiful for it emboldens us: it inspires greater heights, bigger plans, further destinations and, ultimately, a life lived in full measure.
This selection of photographs, on the other hand, taken across a span of two years, is a celebration of the in-between. It speaks of everyday moments easily overlooked as we go about executing our tasks and plans. These moments are far from grand or decisive; in fact, they are merely within arm’s reach, alive and kicking in the peripherals of our vision. But captured and put together, these unobtrusive moments are not without beauty. They remind us of the places we are a part of and the people we share them with. Or perhaps, the greater beauty lies within the possibility that these reflections of daily life are of our very own.
Born and bred in Penang, Jonathan Lim’s work revolves around stories of people and places. His latest documentary project sees him working with a group of engineers as they bring electricity to an off-grid Bidayuh village in Ulu Padawan, Sarawak. Glimpses of his work can be found at trstls.co.