Mel Yap was born in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, in 1979 and moved to Canada with his family when he was a year old. He now lives and works in Vancouver. Yap derives inspiration from music, art, and film. A self-taught photographer and musician, he is interested in recognizing compositions. “It’s not so much subject as experience,” he says. Whether it’s the cover of a calculus textbook or an international exhibition, his goal is to eliminate preconceptions and be faithful to his intuition.