Saturday 22nd October saw URFC and Gai Wu competing under the blazing sun and the watchful gaze of Lion Rock. After a strong start URFC wilted in the heat (only two subs for the entire game) but hung on to win 17-15.
Under the Dome is a mini-project that I have wanted to undertake for quite some time. Unfortunately I didn’t have the necessary equipment as it took longer than anticipated to construct a time machine. However, once complete, I was able to use the machine to travel 200 years into the future to a time when we have poisoned the environment to the point it can no longer sustain human life for any except the few who live under the domes. But even if you are one of the lucky few, life is far from safe. Maybe you will be this year’s human sacrifice in a neo-pagan fertility ritual.
I realise that my (tongue in cheek) post apocalyptic view of the The Eden Project isn’t what most people experience when they visit. In fact in a world filled with war, pollution, poverty and inequality the Eden Project acts as a small beacon of hope that there are people who care about the planet (and their fellow man).
The facility, in Cornwall, England, comprise a garden and a pair of biomes (bio domes) which house a Mediterranean garden and the worlds largest enclosed rainforest. For more info on the educational projects that the Eden Project undertake check out their websites at http://www.edenproject.com
Saturday 24th October was Ladies Day at the University of Hong Kong, Stanley Ho Sport Ground in Sandy Bay. University Rugby Football Club played three games and raised money for the HK Breast Cancer Foundation.
Game 1 – URFC vs Trimex Typhoon plan B
URFC won 34-10
People often joke about women and their shoes. Some it seems love them enough to pay money to be photographed wearing them. But before any of you roll your eyes, I should mention that the money is for an extremely good cause. San Francisco based photographer, Amy Martin Friedman, started her project “A day in my shoes” six years ago and, in that time, has raised both awareness and money to support women who have suffered spousal/partner abuse – money totally $400,000 to date.
Each year Martin Friedman partners with a different city and charges participants a fee to photograph them wearing their favourite pair of shoes, with the money raised going to a local charity or organisation which supports those who have suffered spousal/partner abuse. Participating women pay a $675 fee to be photographed. Due to the high cost of participation, other people or organisations often sponsor those women who want to take part in the project but are unable to afford the fee. Prints are then displayed in a gallery show and Martin Friedman compiles a book of the photographs, with the participation fees and proceeds from the book benefit a women’s shelter in the host city.
“Cang Mang” is a photo manipulation project (as opposed to a photography project) by artist Ma Yujiang. The artists has taken WWII archival photographs and removed all traces of destruction, death and carnage.
I am not normally a fan of projects that are based solely around image manipulation (photoshopping), in part because many artists don’t have the necessary skill with the tools to seamlessly execute their vision. Ma Yujiang not only has the necessary technical skills to execute his vision but the vision itself is worth the work.
Look at the giant prints that the artist has produced, a beautiful south pacific island beach, some men standing looking at a partially sunken ship, an empty haunting seascape…. now look at the original images and the same scene becomes one of death and destruction. The two versions of the image are the same moment in time, but they could just as easily be 50 years apart, and would that make them separate self contained places, different from each other or are they one place connected through the fourth dimension of time. Do the ghosts of the dead from the original image now seep back into the retouched image?
And what of the calm gallery space I am standing in now looking at these images. Are the ghosts of those who lived here previously standing next to me looking too. Not only don’t I believe in Photoshop, I also don’t believe in ghosts, so the fact that this exhibition was able to conjure some for me impressed me immensely.
The exhibition is on at the Pearl Lam Gallery, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong until 11th July http://www.pearllam.com/city/hong-kong/
The Hive in Sai Kung was the venue for another open air cinema event on Saturday 25th of April and I got to have fun shooting it for them. The movie was the first in the trilogy of entertaining time travel romps “Back to the Future” (part I) and along with the movie there were drinks, BBQ and (free) popcorn.
Welcome. I'm Dan Marchant and I'm a Hong Kong based photographer. I shoot architecture, food and sport, as well as street photography.