urban drift

Everyday I travel somewhere in the city, whether it’s in my usual Hong Kong, elsewhere in China or across the globe. My own journeys reflect the way most people on the planet live today and as an artist I’m constantly stopped in my tracks by something that fascinates me. I have always had this tendency but it’s magnified by the fact that since going to art school I have been given licence to do this and now art is my life and work it’s actually imperative to do so. I constantly record my experiences with snapshots of what I see along the way. I’m thinking about Barthes’ punctum or Sontag’s suggestion that, “essentially the camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own.” To paraphrase Simon Yam [famous Hong Kong actor, Night and Fog by Ann Hui is a good introduction to those who don’t know him

looks like a female construction worker, very common here, juxtaposition of plants and concrete, a summary of the city
juxtaposition of plants and concrete, a summary of the city
sham shui po, outside the studio, better than a caged home as no rent
sham shui po, outside the studio, better than a caged home as no rent and a view of the sky…obviously this is actually no choice in a city that sees itself as “free”… freedom comes with a pricetag attached

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/dec/19/bastardised-libertarianism-makes-freedom-oppression?INTCMP=SRCH

 

http://www.timeout.com.hk/film/features/48829/simonyam.html] if you take photos you’ll always have ideas…so here are a few. This is an ongoing project…

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