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Nga Ling CHEUNG - Alike…

Nga Ling CHEUNG Ever since I was born, my mother has never been photographed on her own. I am always in a picture with her. How much I miss those happy times! As my mother grows older, she has become camera shy. We will only be in the same picture together on special...
Nga Ling CHEUNG When I was young my family and I used to dine out at Chinese restaurants. My father loved the food and the bustling atmosphere in these places. Nowadays I prefer going to a cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style diners), where I can finish a meal quickly and...
Nga Ling CHEUNG My mother visited her cousin’s new home in 1993 in the hope of sharing his good fortune (moving into a new house is considered to be auspicious), whereas I see a bed as a space that allows me to escape from the reality.
Nga Ling CHEUNG Tourists are expected to snap away at a scenic spot, aren’t they? Otherwise their photos wouldn’t be called ‘tourist photos’!
Nga Ling CHEUNG My mother posing in front of the Tsimshatsui clock tower more than 20 years ago. I had my only picture taken at the same spot earlier this year. There isn’t much of a difference between the two photos; the weather looks fine in both. When I’m nervous...
Nga Ling CHEUNG The photo with my mother in it seems to have taken in Japan. But I know for a fact that my mother had never gone abroad when she was young. The photo was taken in mainland China. I grew up in Sheung Shui. Whenever I went to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon,...
Nga Ling CHEUNG When my mother was young she spent most of her salary on household expenses. Her life was taken up by the demands of her family and her work. She used to say to me: ‘Study hard! Don’t go the wrong way like me!’ Since I left school, I have come to...
Nga Ling CHEUNG My mother and her friends had pictures taken against an idyllic backdrop at a photo studio, which I believe was a representation of what they longed for at that point of their lives. As for me, I am now living in a city dotted with man-made greenery....

Biography

Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts), Hong Kong Baptist University

Project Statement

For as long as I can remember, my mother’s friends have been telling me how much I look like her. As my mother’s ‘mini-me’, I want to be connected with her youth through being photographed in the clothes she used to wear, and in the same places she once went to.