THE COLOUR OF RAIN

“This book is GLORIOUS!”
Corrine Koslo, Canadian Actress
“Stunningly beautiful photos are an extraordinary testament to a historic moment.”
Jean Grand-Maitre, Artistic Director
Brilliant! In this book she has created a new world.
Robin Benger, Author

THE COLOUR OF RAIN documents the time during the Covid pandemic when we emerged into the “new normal”. It was fall, 2021. Vaccines were available, restrictions were being lifted, yet indoor masks were mandatory and freedoms could be revoked in an instant. The virus was still out there.

One rainy afternoon, while parked in Kensington Market, Toronto, I became mesmerized by dancing images of passers-by forming and dissolving on my windshield. The beautiful colors and shapes formed by raindrops evoked my childhood kaleidoscope and that exhilarating feeling of imminent loss and exquisite expectation when, despite our desire to hold on to what we know and love, everything is about to change and transform.

The abstract distortions seemed to perfectly describe the story of coming out of lockdown into a shaken world with blurred boundaries.


COVID BEHIND GLASS

A POETIC STORY OF LIFE UNDER LOCKDOWN

“Stunning and brave.”
Camilla Gibb, author of Sweetness in the Belly.
“The beauty of Bayin’s glass and spare words tell her story so poignantly, while giving room for yours.”
Daniele Zanotti, CEO United Way
“This book is GOLD – the writing as beautiful as the photos, which are exquisite.”
Pauline Pariser, MD, Senior Advisor, UHN.


Bayin describes the first year of Covid-19, mainly from within the confines of her own home. Through a series of self-portraits taken during lockdown, she depicts the uncertainty, fear and resilience of daily life, with candor and humor.

This is an intimate and personal look at the global crisis. The pandemic took a toll on everyone’s mental health, especially those flying solo. The book illustrates how it felt being mandated to isolate, without human contact. To go against our social natures and remain apart.

Using the device of plexiglass, a non-recyclable plastic which became an unlikely ally and protective barrier during coronavirus, Bayin makes whimsical portraits and journals her experience. “I found a way to describe our crazy new reality. It was important to find purpose and keep the creative juices flowing”.

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THE LIBERTY PROJECT

THE LIBERTY PROJECT has been featured in The Guardian Weekend, Endorsed by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, Nobel Laureate the late Vaclav Havel and Nobel Laureate the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Exhibitions of portions of this series were held in Toronto and Bangkok. For more details see Special Projects.

This photographic artwork was inspired by the words of human-rights icon and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi, “Please use your liberty to promote ours.” During the period these photographs were taken – 2007 -2010 – the leader was under military house arrest in Rangoon.

Bayin, whose maternal grandfather was Burmese, travelled with her camera to places relevant to Suu Kyi’s story as an expression of visual solidarity.

Using the device of a paper face mask, commonly found at pro-democracy rallies, Bayin explored the boundaries between freedom and tyranny. She travelled to Toronto, Ottawa, New York, Manchester, Geneva, Prague, Istanbul, Oxford and Havana making photographs that challenged us to see the world and freedoms we so often take for granted through the symbolic eyes of Aung San Suu Kyi.

As witness and observer, Bayin focused on the struggle for Burma, while exploring issues of human rights everywhere.

In November, 2010, Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest to world-wide jubilation. Hope for democracy in Burma blossomed. Then, in a spectacular fall from grace, Suu Kyi, went from democracy super-star to fallen hero, her international reputation in tatters after being seen to ignore the plight of Rohinga Muslims. On February 1, 2021, following a military coup d’état, Aung San Suu Kyi was re-arrested. She remains a political prisoner to this day.


DREAMSCAPES

Abstract nature images. A meditation on trees and leaves, combining documentary and magic.

Photographed over a three-year period, in all seasons, in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, a botanical garden in Toronto.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anne Bayin is an award-winning Canadian writer and photographer whose work has been featured in The Guardian Weekend, The Globe and Mail, Time Magazine, The New York Times, People Magazine, Macleans, MORE Magazine and others. Her books include “Dreamscapes” “The Liberty Project” “The Colour of Rain” and “COVID Behind Glass.”

Her photographs have been exhibited in Toronto, London, New York, Sydney and Bangkok, in solo and group shows. She is a former CBC current affairs television producer and special advisor to Kim Phuc, iconic “girl in the picture” from the Vietnam War.