Picturing a harsh sense of betrayal

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 September, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 September, 1998, 12:00am

Dickson Yewn's first photographic exhibition was inspired by a tragic incident - a good friend attempted suicide because her boyfriend betrayed her. As a result, Dickson tackled the emotion of betrayal and expressed it in the medium he knew best, photography.

'Although initially the idea of my exhibition was based on my friend's betrayal, it later expanded to other types of betrayal, for example spiritual, self, mental and physical.' Dickson has also suffered betrayal but is reluctant to discuss it.

'I think we have all been betrayed. It happens to most people.' Pictures in the exhibition, entitled Photographs of Betrayal, have been published in a book.

But the worst kind of betrayal, according to Dickson, is self-betrayal.

'This is when you follow what other people tell you to do, or what society dictates what you should do.' He gives an example. 'Kids in Hong Kong usually study what their parents tell them to rather than do what they really want to do.' Dickson himself went to the University of Ottawa to study business but dropped out to pursue his real interest and travelled to the Sorbonne in Paris to study French and French civilisation.

However, after two years, he returned to complete his business degree. He also studied jewellery design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. But out of the bad comes good and that is learning how to deal with people and more importantly, yourself. 'You learn to let go and learn to forgive.'