I am a visual artist, a photographer, an image-maker, and Hong Konger. As a
person growing up from Hong Kong, I have a strong, sophisticated image of the cityscape
of Hong Kong in my mind all the time.
To me, capturing of making an image with the scenery of the city are similar to how a composer makes music. Hong Kong is somewhere beyond its significance; it carries temperance that makes us recognize its uniqueness which we seldom put our attention on. In my creative practice, I am usually interested in ordinary but poetic scenes that seem to be normal to us visually. The process of extracting the scene from the viewfinder, sometimes beyond it, is a transformation of thoughts into forms. As the title of one of my projects – Caprice, my art practice is mostly about the authenticity and visuality of the city from the perspective of imaging. Arousing the ambiguity of a scene is always the accent of my works; I lead my audiences to see something so ‘real’ but seems to be ‘fake’.
The progress of shooting, no matter in a still image or moving image, detaches me from my identity as an ordinary citizen. Whenever I shoot, I automatically think of myself as a visitor to the city. Taking a photograph helps me get rid of my daily understanding and perception of Hong Kong and develop an alternative sight to observe and experience the city. Therefore, Caprice is a complicated, on-going long-term project that helps me build up my sense of belonging and character as an artist.
The nature of the image and my living place are the motifs of my creative practice; interpreting and initiating the city is the way to let me build up my identities. Making art or creating images is a process to consolidate my thought and peruse a self-notion.