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Curator Sylvia Ng’s statement
Photography is the most effective media form to retain the originality of an object, in comparison to other expressive medium. Photography is a process of image-forming which requires amount of light and a photographic subject. The objectivity or originality of the image is determined by these two major components. Shooting angle and style are absolutely the subjective decision of the photographer when pressing the shutter. It is decided by his/her eyes and mind. The recording image, therefore, is a combination of subjective sensation and objective photographic subject.
The 3 series of photographs featured in this exhibition are the works of local photographers. The images depicted in the photos are human and nature scenes, without artificial modification. “Nocturne” and “Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate” feature photos taken in Hong Kong, while “Under the Heaven” showing images captured in Philippines. All works are social documentary, but presenting in different styles.
“Under the Heaven” is a typical social documentary photo series of Chun Wai. They offer a clear picture of the inhumane living environment of the poor in Philippines, lacking of support from their country and the government, which is not easy for people living in rich countries to understand.
The focus of Chun Wai’s works is to look at the changing world with humanity. Since 2000, Chun Wai delves into different Asian countries, reflecting the regional poverty issue under different cultural and economic background, the victims of war and survival problems caused by the global climate change, with a compassionate view of mankind through his camera lens. Whether documentary images of social scenes or landscape photos, the works of Chun Wai reflect his incessant pursuit of perfection in content, spirit and presentation.
John Choy is the new generation of Hong Kong photographer. “Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate” reflects the livelihood of Hong Kong public housing estate in the early 60s. He spent about one year to live in this estate to record the historical moment before its demolition works commenced. He uses his newly-explored photographic technique and comic presentation to document the buildings and the life of their occupants.
Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate was a public housing estate built in the 1960s, which was also a resettlement estate. It has a long history of over 40 years and is scheduled for demolition soon. The estate is large in scale but its flats are small. Around 6 to 7 people living under the same roof with an area of around 10 sqm. The photographic images of Lower Ngau Tau Kok featured in the exhibition symbolize the social development of Hong Kong in the early 60s. When we walk into this estate nowadays, however, we will find that the occupants who worked double tides for living in the past are getting old.
Choy is well-equipped with innovative photo shooting techniques. His subjects are expressed by means of his unique pictorial composition with a precise yet lively style. His works are truly outstanding under the trend of digital photography.
The works of “Nocturne” presented by Alfred Ko are both documentary and emotional. The work is a poetic rendering of the photographer’s personal feeling in a silent night.
“Nocturne” is a rather unique and emotional series of works. The photographer has hidden his anxiety towards the reality in the cool visual presentation.