Clean Hong Kong Action/清潔香港運動 (ongoing project since 2019)

Photography with holes

As a Hong Konger, I got into social activities as many as I can, but I found that was not an efficient way to have a better society.  At the same time, as a man who used to respond to the world with a camera, I felt powerless when I was facing the current situation of Hong Kong when carried the instrument.
That did not mean photography could not reveal the reality, but its strength of documenting the physical world turns itself into a deadly weapon. Protesters didn’t welcome camera, they were afraid of their faces captured by any image became a piece of evidence in the government’s hand. I didn’t capture many, even I brought my compact camera to each protest I attended in 2019. Every time I picked up my camera and got ready to shoot, I felt guilty and scared to capture people's faces. I was in the dilemma of being a protester or a photographer.
I wanted to be a company of the social activists, at the same time I found my photographs are helpless, somehow it is a disadvantage on the issue. Finally, I decided to punch out all faces in my photographs to protect them, at the same time, to re-establish the importance of photography in this event as a protester and photographer.

The action of punching faces on photographs seems to range two extremes. Firstly, the original intention, people will not be recognized from the pictures. Secondly, the violence from the power that be, from their perspective, Hong Kong is an important place for the whole country, but not the Hong Kong People. And the way they solve a problem is to stop the people who bring out the problem. That was the reason why this series had an ironic title - Clean Hong Kong Action.

 

 

 

 

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