As the film industry shut down in 2020, I spent months trying to figure out how to pivot to continue to earn income. A lot of unnecessary things, from material belongings to beliefs and thought patterns, were stripped away and led me to a simpler way of living and thinking.

During this time, both listening to and being a part of countless conversations with friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and people from varying walks of life, I noticed a constant theme: resetting the vision for their lives. The same questions emerged: What is important to me? What do I want out of life? Am I satisfied with how things are going? Am I satisfied with myself? Am I satisfied with the people I keep around me?

As the vaccines became available in 2021, a wave of work was suddenly available to the film industry. Most people I knew were overwhelmed with the quantity work, but were happy to be back at the grindstone. As we started rebuilding our lives and businesses, I noticed people creating boundaries between themselves and their professional lives. They were, and are, redefining what’s important to them.

Getting back to being in physical spaces with others, the idea of fashion as a way to celebrate, mourn, have fun, hide, and generally express oneself through clothing was something I started to think about more. It led me to ask: Do we gain or lose confidence through what we choose to wear, or are our fashion choices a reflection of who we are and what we feel internally? Do others see us the way we want to be seen? Do our clothing choices help or hinder that perception? Is it ultimately important?

The Layers project was born from these experiences and thoughts. An extraordinary group of talented creators helped to shape this vision with me: Pearls Daily, Tiger Ji, Conrad Clifton, and Austance Caroline.


This set of five photographs was created to support the “Outlook Hazy” art exhibition where the film was first exhibited in a public space. When I was invited to exhibit the film, I thought back to previous gallery shows I have attended and always thought the full film experience was not complete because of external distractions. This set of photos was created to add another element to the Layers display within the exhibition.

The photos are a limited print run and will not be reprinted once sold. See captions below for availability.

$100.00 USD + Shipping per photo
16″ x 20″ framed photograph printed on Premium Luster paper. These are archival quality giclĂ©e prints. They will be numbered and signed upon request. Contact:

The film is currently entering the film festival circuit and is only screening at select exhibitions.

Starring Conrad Clifton
A Pearls Daily Studios Production
Directed by Tiger Ji
Cinematography by Arthur Woo
Wardrobe Styling by Austance Caroline
Original music composed by Conrad Clifton
Monologue written by Austance Caroline
Edited by Tiger Ji & Arthur Woo
Color by

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