LIGHT



Finalists


Wong Wei-him
Project Statement

“Burnt” is a photo diary recording the recent social unrest of Hong Kong.  All photos are taken with the first frame of the roll by 35mm film camera.

 

In these longstanding anti-government protests, there was one instance caught my attention – photo of a girl whose one eye was shot and injured during a street conflict between the protestors and the police. The vivid image of her eye injury only reveals a partial truth, the result but not the cause.  There has also been many news circulated around that no one can possibly follow or digest. None can really tell if the news is telling the whole truth or merely “fact-ional”.

 

The making of the “Burnt” photos was both mechanical and chemical. When the film being pulled out to load into the camera, the first few inches of the roll are burnt by light exposure, which cannot capture any image. As such, many photographers would sacrifice the first photo for it is perfect. However, I find it dynamic to have a scar line dividing the photo into two parts, making the photo partly seen and unseen, presenting only some truth of reality. There are always uncertainties in the reality.

 

-WWH

 

Wong Wei-him
Biography

Wong Wei-him (b.1975) was born in Vancouver, Canada. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from McGill University in 1999 and a Master of Architecture from the University of Hong Kong in 2001. In 2010, he established In-between Architects Ltd., a design studio based in Hong Kong. He is a street photographer and an architect. 

 

At first, I used my camera to research on peculiar spaces and exquisite design details as inspirations for my design projects. It then becomes a habit that I bring my camera with me wherever I go. When I see something that intrigues or touches me, I photograph it.

 

It was until I came across Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt and Japanese street photographer Shin Noguchi, so particular the angle they reflect culture and humanity via their photos, I decided to do street photography and ever since photography has turned into one of my passions.

 

Tang Kwong San, Yuen Nga Chi
Project Statement

We agglomerate the light piercing through the dry room again.
Reviving the passing scenes once more.

Public Phone Booths were built all over the city by the British Hong Kong Government from the 50s. Yet, with the development of technology and widespread network, gleams of smartphone are now wandering throughout the city. The light has extinguished, with thousands of square- meter pavilions abandoned.

We wrapped the disabled booth with a reflective shawl. Along with a pieced colonial coin, it became a pinhole darkroom. Through the invented image inside, we shuttled back and forth between different landmarks before/after the Handover in order to record the endless political relationship of  “unloading” and “constructing” in the city.

A dumped Phone Booth waiting to be dismantled,
A ditched Victoria Queen waiting to be circulated.

Tang Kwong San, Yuen Nga Chi
Biography

Tang Kwong San (b. 1992) was born in Dongguan. He is currently based in Hong Kong. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from RMIT University and the Mr. Jerry Kwan Scholarship in 2019. His artworks explore different media, such as painting, drawing, photography and installation. Some of his artworks is privately collected.

 

Yuen Nga Chi was born in Hong Kong. She received a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Arts from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2019. Photography is a major media for her creative works. She was shortlisted in the 6th Singapore International Photography Festival and awarded the WMA Young Talent Award  2019 (Graduation Exhibition of Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University) in 2018.

Caleb Fung
Project Statement

Laws of Hong Kong, Cap. 503 Fugitive Offenders Ordinance.

In 2019, the anti-extradition law movement in Hong Kong is awakening. Life is full of hopelessness, anger, hatred, day after day. The lingering news is visually and emotionally overwhelming, and inescapable. I am constantly being at a loss.

With daily houseware, I can gradually reconstruct moments in the movement, with a sense of security.

Part of the images proposes anger and fear. The ordinary is now unrecognisable, breaking off, dehumanising and violent. Yet the light among us is enduring new significances and values.

The Space Museum with laser beam, Hong Kong road, and especially the Lion

Rock, which used to be a twisted symbol of the materialistic Hong Kong spirit

has its new identity. it is heartening to know that materialism is no longer the only totem for Hong Kongers.

Glory to Hong Kong.

Caleb Fung
Biography

Caleb Samuel Fung (b. 1994) is a freelance photographer born and based in Hong Kong. He graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts of the Hong Kong Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Arts. His works mainly originate from his background and the environment, exploring humanity and the nature of life.    

Caleb Fung was one of the winners for the 2018 WMA Open Photo Contest and WMA Space hosted an exhibition of his work in 2019.  

Liao Jiaming
Project Statement

Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, a prosperous area, Kowloon Park is secretly known as a “cruising spot” for the gay community, where gay men can wander and look for hookup and random sex. The project observes Kowloon Park as a public space for recreation meanwhile a “stereotopia” for the minor group to escape from social norms. Gay men look for what fun here like animals chasing after lights. But what are they really after?

Liao Jiaming
Biography

Liao Jiaming (b. 1992) was born in Guangdong. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Sun Yat-sen University in 2016, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Media from City University of Hong Kong in 2019. He lives and works in Hong Kong. By using images for his creative work, he questions the relationships and connections between reality and virtuality. He is interested in the topics of urban life, minority groups and living space. Liaoʼs works have been exhibited or screened in London, Zurich, Shanghai and other cities.

O'Young Moli, Julian
Project Statement

Early this summer, my photographer friend met a kindred spirit online, and just as they were getting ready to meet, the social movement broke out and the two of them were loaded with each of their own tasks offline. They made a joke which they should meet in person only after at least half of the 5 demands are met. They began their relationship experiment in which they would only date in total darkness until the goal was achieved. To continue the fuzzy impression of the virtual world, the only light source was the flash on an instant camera.

Even to this day, they have dated in the dark several times yet they still don’t know the other’s appearance or identity.

O'Young Moli, Julian
Biography

These photos were taken by a photographer and an architect. Based on the anonymous nature of this project, their detailed biographies are not applicable in this case.

 

O’Young Moli, Julian

O’Young Moli (b.1992) is an artist, currently works and lives in Hong Kong.  Julian (b.1988) is an architect, currently works and lives in Hong Kong.