Hong Kong: First and Last, 2014. Limited edition of 1000, each individually numbered. Hardcover. Signed by author on title page. NEW. Royal blue buckram boards with silver lettering to spine and front board. Indigo endpapers. Colour plates throughout. Bilingual text. 22.5 x 30.5 cm. 64 pp. / No dust jacket (as issued). Item #14850
"I see ‘double gaze’, the title of this series, as a point of view as well as a form of action. It involves at least two parties engaging in a dialogue. Photography, thus, is a form of double gaze, with the subject and the object entering into a reflective relationship. Inhabiting different time and space, I who stood behind the lens and the objects which I chose to shoot gaze at each other in silence. A portrait, left behind in an abandoned room, serves as a single reminder that a place now desolated was once bustling with joy and excitements. Previously an embodiment of a distinctive era, a dweller of a specific community and a keeper of a single family, the characters captured in the castoff portraits continue to stay behind, symbolically confronting the despondence.
The metapictures in this Double Gaze series represent some form of recreation of the distance: A distance between me and the photographers before me; and a distance between the present time and the time past. These metapictures tell different stories of Hong Kong. Some contend that certain sacrifices are necessary and inevitable in urban developments. Others contend that progress and growth should take precedence over conservation. This Double Gaze series shows that there are in fact no mere contentions but real consequences."
-- LAU Chi-Chung.