William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
Exhibition: 29 September – 18 November 2018
I am very pleased to share the new with you that "Golden Hour- Long exposure series " was selected as the Colour Factory Honourable Mentions this year.
The judges this years were Dr Michael Brand, Director of the Art Gallery of NSW; Melbourne‐based artist Dr David Rosetzky; and Anouska Phizacklea, MGA Director.
I would like to express my sincere thanks for those support this projects. Particularly my dearest Chinese Australian friend who participate in this project includes, Nikki Lam, Pei Pei He, Song Ling, Sophia Cai, Theodore Wohng, Charles Lai, Zhong Chen, Yifeng Tan, Chonggang Du and John Young.
From an urban Chinese experience, we tend not to display emotions because that suggests vulnerability and even weakness. Disregarding how many years that we lives in a Western countries, this characteristic still stay with us. Although we moved to Australia and were under the Western cultural influence , to what extent we still carry with our cultural characteristic ?
I enlisted acquaintances and agreeable strangers of Chinese cultural background as models. They moved to Australia from aged 4 years old to mid 40's . I staged these by arranging for each model individually to sit still for 1.5-3 hrs —the golden hour—during which they were shown a movie related to Hong Kong/ Chinese cultural issue or history. The overlaid long exposures traced their facial expressions and their shifts of position, recording their comfort and discomfort, their absorption and their impatience, their range of emotional responses.