Joy Mei En Lai is a photographer who has worked in Sydney's leading cultural institutions for more than a decade. Her images regularly appear in print, exhibitions and on the facades of prominent public buildings. Grounded in film photography and broad commercial experience, Joy’s visual practice encompasses a love for digital technology combined with a painterly aesthetic.

With a Bachelor Degree in the Visual Arts, Joy’s eye is formally composed but reframes the traditional gaze of landscape photography. Her immersive works embrace Indigenous perspectives of Country and custodianship. She is drawn equally to wild places and the sparse intrigue of urban environments.

Born in Aotearoa New Zealand, Joy has also lived in Asia and Australia. Based on Gadigal land in Sydney, she creates work from her own explorations and also welcomes commissioned assignments. 

Eucalyptus silhouettes, after the fire. Dharug Country, Sydney, Australia.

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