colour photograph with text 75 x 55 cm
300 FAMILIES, 2014 Hong Kong and Macao Visual Arts Biennial, Beijing
IN-BETWEEN Photography Exhibiton 2014
300 FAMILIES Photography Exhibiton, 2013 Hong Kong International Photo Festival
彩色攝影及文字 75 x 55 cm
IN-BETWEEN Photography Exhibition
16 Aug – 14 Sep 2014
Kaitak Campus, Academy of Visual Arts
Hong Kong Baptist University
300 FAMILIES Photography Exhibitioh
2013 Hong Kong International Photo Festival
28 Sep – 3 Nov 2013
Hong Kong Design Institute Gallery
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Mr Yu, “We are both over 80, and have been married for 61 years. Now we don't expect much from life. We just wait for time to go by.”
I usually apply an experimental approach to photography, but it doesn’t seem to fit with the theme of this project about terminally ill patients and their family. After some struggles, I decided to downplay the so-called “creativity” as the theme itself already delivers a very clear message. What I have to do is to express it well by taking each photograph “properly”. By “properly” I refer not only to the skills, but letting patients feel the warmth of love during the project.
If there should be any creative elements in this series, they would have come from family members who longed to receive a unique photograph, and the connections among people that I have observed during the shoots. Behind the camera, I was moved so much by them and often needed to finish my work with a mixed feeling. Apart from the photo shoots, I also jotted down a few words from the patients. Not only do they serve as captions of the photos, they also provide a chance for the patients to tell their stories. For me, this is in fact the most difficult part of the whole process.
Life is impermanent, and photography possesses very limited power. It is only with the support of their families that these photos can achieve their goals of encouraging and comforting the patients.
I would like to thank those who initiated and supported this project, especially the participating families. I am also indebted to the staff of North District Hospital Hospice Centre, Grantham Hospital Hospice Centre and Queen Mary Hospital Hospice Centre. I wouldn’t be able to complete this project without their support.
Ms Man, “The illness has troubled me for 20 years. I am grateful that my sister always takes care of me as I am unable to move freely recently. My other family members are living abroad, I hope to have a photo with all of them together.”
Ms Chau, “My daughter is always my support. I have asked my brother to take care of her and hope she will be happy and healthy.”
Mr Koo, “I am 82 years old. I came to Hong Kong with my cousin in 1957 and worked in a quarry in Kwung Tong. I have stayed in here for half a year. Doctor said I can leave the hospital very soon.”
Mr Chau, “The medical crew is my family.”
Ms Lee, “My family to be healthy and successful and my two grandchildren to have their own families. That’s all my wishes.”
Mrs Chong (on behalf of Mr Chong), “He is a really good father. We can lose anything but not him.”
Mr Kwan, “I love my family and my family loves me too. I hope to go home and be able to do some simple things, such as eating and talking.”
Ms Lee, “Life is impermanent. No one knows when they will reach the end of the road. But we still have to treasure the moment and carry on. For a four-generation family, quarrels are inevitable. I just wish my family well-being and harmony.”
Ms Tse, “One day when I pass away, I hope my family stays happy and harmonious. They should spend more time together.”