For prominent photographer-about-town Patrick Teow, better known by his work moniker Heartpatrick, an industrial duplex that is minimalist in detail remains his sanctuary and source of inspiration.
He left his long-term job as an IT consultant three years ago to pursue photography full time, so it comes as no surprise that his abode set in Centrio Pantai Hillpark, Kampung Kerinchi, is decorated with an abundance of framed pictures.
“I used to dread going to work. I was spending countless hours solving other people’s issues, and never having time for living my passion. Photography to me does not feel like work at all, and this should be what living life feels like.”
The MCO has forced Malaysians to look at their dwelling places and daily routine in a new light. The same applied to Patrick, who found documenting his current home – from the transitional space between his living room and garden to the stunning spiral staircase that vies for attention – therapeutic and satisfying.
Apart from crafting upcycled objets d'art, Patrick has also developed a liking for miniature photography recently, where he recreated similar scenes of streetscapes at home with everyday materials and objects such as fruit wrappers and vegetable baskets.
“It’s been a truly fulfilling three years since quitting. Throughout the ten years of me doing photography part-time, I have managed to build up my portfolio to a point that it’s able to now generate the income to replace and now overtake what I left behind. Doing this full-time also means that I could take on bigger assignments that may take weeks to complete, without having to worry about depleting my leave days.”
To read more about his unique living space and extensive portfolio, pick up a copy of Haven Summer 2020, complimentary with every issue (June 1) of The Edge. Follow him at @heartpatrick or see more of his professional works here.