Lee Sean, born in 1979, has served as a postman in Chunghwa Post Company for 13 years.
As a postman, he rides his postal service motorcycle 40 to 60 kilometers every day to deliver mails in rural Tainan. In 2014, he started to record his work, people he encountered, and sceneries he saw with cameras. Later, he uploaded various photos on Instagram account with hashtag “Postman Diary” and generated sensation immediately.
A Postman Diary
Lee Sean works as postman in Public Post Company in Tainan. Armed with a smartphone and his true companion : his green motorbike, he everyday delivers mails from urban streets to remote countryside areas.
His privileged position pushed him to witness about his work, his environment : Not as a routine but with a constant curiosity and amazement. With a kind and caring attention he takes pictures of the evolution of urbanity, architecture, agriculture, vegetal and human life which he meets on his way, during all the past 5 years, during all seasons. He slowly by slowly became closer to the population which stayed, or decided, or was pushed, to live in remote and countryside areas. It takes times to be accepted, to create links with unknown population. It takes times to « understand » a landscape, to understand the history you are going threw. Lee Sean, in instinctive way succeeded to use his job to increase his attention and knowledge about people, about Taiwan history. He creates links, not only in spreading mails but by sharing his images and his smiles with Tainanese citizen. As an anthropologist or a social survey, day after day he accumulates documents which could be used as a research base in a time where Taiwan is reinforcing the will to express his own identity and territorial identities : not turned to the past but aware of contemporary challenges.
His images, representing places which are absent from main medias, seduced Taiwanese citizen. When he began to share his pictures on social networks, a very large audience recognized in his pictures a Taiwan that they like, that they love, a Taiwan that they could ignore if someone didn’t take the time to look at it and share. Today he has nearly 46 000 followers on his Instagram account, he became a popular figure for photography in Taiwan. His exhibition during the Tainan International Photography Festival is his first
exhibition in an Art space and institution in Taiwan. The show creates links between two platforms which spread images : Instagram and Art Spaces : different audiences, different attentions, different time… two worlds which are not irreconcilable, two worlds that need to feed each others. He published a book (Uniqueroute, A Postman Diary, Jan 2nd 2017). He exhibited his work during the Festival Les Photaumnales in Beauvais, France in September 2018. He continues to remain surprised and cheerful and take daily pictures on his account : rookie030. Maybe you might take the time to follow him going deeper and deeper in his exploration and survey of Tainan time, or maybe you will cross his way on Tainan roads.
Nicolas Havette / Curator