Illuminate Hong Kong is a non-partisan project and platform that explores the mindset and spaces of citizens in Hong Kong through photography, light and language. 

 

While we often think of light as something that reveals, the political turmoil that engulfed Hong Kong in 2019 created a special requirement for protection and anonymity in order to encourage open and unencumbered speech. Illuminate Hong Kong facilitates this by subverting the ordinary use of light from illumination to obfuscation, thereby offering a candid glimpse into lives and mindset of Hong Kong citizens. 

 

The series contains photographic portraits of Hong Kong citizens whose faces are made anonymous by washing out with light and accompanied by personal statements about their thoughts on Hong Kong and the recent protests, representing views from across the political spectrum. The portraits themselves were lit with neon lights, long a visual representation of the city, and taken in bedrooms, homes and neighborhood streets to reflect the intimacy of the shared viewpoints. 

 

In 2019, many people in Hong Kong shunned light in favor of collective anonymity. Protesters adorned elaborate face masks and black clothing; police put on heavy riot gear. Almost too suddenly, Hong Kong’s identity became visually binary eschewing individual identity for partisan ideology and collective anonymity. Illuminate Hong Kong is about using light to break this process down and explore the individual identities underneath; it is about how photography has the power to illuminate in both expected and unexpected ways. 

啟明香港」是一個透過攝影、光影和不同語言去探究香港人觀念及生活空間的政治中立平台。

 

光照往往助於人與物的顯現;然而2019年政治動盪吞噬香港,身份的保護和隱藏對不少人而言是自由地、沒有恐懼地發表言論的先決條件。「啟明香港」於是將「光」原本照明的功能反轉為遮蔽,以真實顯現香港人的生活和心態。

 

此系列的人像攝影中,被攝者的臉孔均為光所遮蓋。攝影配以每位被攝者對香港整體以及近期政治抗爭的個人陳述,他們的觀點反映政治光譜上不同的立場。攝影中的照明使用代表香港視覺特色的霓虹燈;攝影地點為被攝者家中、臥室或住所附近街道,在個人觀點表達的基礎上渲染一種親密的感覺。

 

2019年的香港,一大波人集體隱藏身份;示威者身穿黑衣並戴各式口罩或面罩,警察被厚重的防暴衣包得嚴實。彷彿突然之間,香港人的身份在視覺上呈現兩極,凸顯兩派理念、集體無名,卻模糊了個人身份。「啟明香港」目的正是用光去解析和探索這一現象下的個人身份,並呈現攝影中光照具有的意料中及意料外的功能。