The reflection of life in London & Hong Kong

The reflection of life in London & Hong Kong



 

INTRODUCTION

The photography exhibition features a series of works from a Chinese student at University of Westminster. The series places its focus on the comparison of two major cities. Thus, it is named ‘Reflection of Life – London and Hong Kong’.


The photographer often asks himself a question – why he resisted his birthplace Hong Kong and decided to grow up in Nanjing but at last chose London, a city with high similarity to Hong Kong, to study in. He wants to use film photography to portray the two cities in his eyes, hoping to unravel his puzzle in the meantime.


Hong Kong used to be colonized by Britain and its development has been profoundly influenced from then on. Canary Wharf in London resembles the prosperity in Hong Kong. It is also the pioneer in technology and finance in the 21st century. In the eyes of the photographer, British businessmen always pay attention to their outfits; they are gentle and polite; they follow their established routine every day; they might be unsociable and eccentric sometimes but their attitude at work are highly serious. Back to Hong Kong, beneath its prosperity, there is the rarely exposed reality. The poor living condition of Hong Kong people has existed and remained unsolved for a long period of time. People are squashed in a city with sky-rocketing housing price. The elderly has their grieved history behind the seemingly peaceful life. However, people are still looking for their meanings of life. They still stay true to themselves within the rapid changes of times.


Different life and work experiences in various countries have encouraged the photographer to develop a wider perspective. Hope this photography exhibition can expand the possibilities for you to observe life in London and Hong Kong from multiple angles, also bring you the positive side for facing the life under different condition.


Private View: 20 May  6:30-9:30pm 


摄影展概要


本次摄影展是由一位来自威斯敏斯特大学本科摄影艺术专业在读大三的中国学生作品。摄影主题围绕着两座城市的生活写照,从而定义为《反思生命-伦敦与香港》。


摄影师常常在想一个问题,为何会对自己的出生地香港有所抗拒,从而在南京长大,最后却又选择了与香港十分相似的伦敦留学。所以他希望可以用胶卷摄影的方式来阐述他眼中的香港与伦敦,也渴望从中找到答案。


香港曾是英国的殖民地,如今的发展也脱离不了英国殖民时期的影响。伦敦金融城金丝雀码头正是香港的繁荣写照,也更是21世纪科技与商业的先驱。摄影师眼中的英国绅士们西装革履秩序地度过每一天,他们注重穿着,墨守成规彬彬有礼,虽然时而性格孤僻但办事态度却极其认真。而反观香港,寸土寸金,人满为患。繁荣的背后,依然存在着不为大众所知的社会现象,香港人民的居住环境问题一直未能得到解决。老人们看似安详的生活背后,却有着许多让人心酸的历史,但人们依然从中寻找着自己生活的定义,一样在时代的发展里继续返璞归真的活着。


不同国家的生活与工作经验帮助摄影师获得了更加旷阔的视角。在这里,希望这次摄影展能够给予了我们更多角度去观察这两座城市的可能和积极向上的生活态度。