Photo courtesy of Kwan Sheung Chi & HKIPF.

The Crack of Dawn 
gelatin silver print in solarization
406 x 508 mm /print, a set of 9 prints


Hong Kong International Photo Festival 2020
Photographer Incubator Exhibition

A pop-up exhibition happened in 2020 summer 


at PRÉCÉDÉE 304 Shanghai St, Yau Ma Tei
& 6 
newspaper stands along Nathan Road

Google map link for specific locations and opening hours:

The Crack of Dawn

In 2014, I became an outlander; when I was home again, I lost 'ourselves’.

This lost became a crack between my peers and I. I tried to piece together the fainting landscape from our memories — a collective apparition image of the time past. I became a flaneur of time treading on the satellite maps and photographing a virtual Harcourt Road. Yet the fragmented street lamps only reminded me of the widening crack of our time and space. Today, this too should not matter: a much more expansive Harcourt Road now resides in all of us here.

I ‘solarized’ the gelatin silver prints to project a nocturnal cityscape, blending a positive image with a negative. In darkness and gleam, I realise a window on Nathan Road, through which I mend the cracks in our memory, like a totem that is rooted in the present.

Through rephotograph, repetition and reposition, what was once touched by sunlight will only shine again.



這缺席隱隱成了我跟同代⼈的缺⼝,只好在各⼈印象中盲摸這絕美風景。我到衛星地圖中重遊你們走過的夏愨道,以菲林拍攝這虛擬「實景」,但那折開扭曲的路燈總提⽰時空的破口 。今天,或許它不再重要,已延展出更廣闊的「夏愨道」,存活於各⼈的意志。

我把這記憶的缺口修補成一扇「窗」, 成為彌敦道上的一道黑夜風景,一個於日常中可反照的圖騰。於顯影中途再曝光,於銀鹽相片中正負像合而為一;沒有了灰調子,只剩下黑白之間的光暈。