AIR

Finalist

Lau Ching Ping - Last glimpse of Hong Kong

Lau Ching Ping The secret police next to Queen's Pier look at the ignited air, bidding farewell to the last glimmer of the Hong Kong spirit.
Lau Ching Ping Housewife in Beacon Hill Garden bids farewell to the layers of housing civilization in the Kowloon Peninsula.
Lau Ching Ping Technical staff in Shatin Water Treatment Works bids farewell to the ruins of the sewage treatment plant civilization.
Lau Ching Ping Wedding photographer under the Tsing Ma Bridge is shooting the Garden of Eden in its final days.
Lau Ching Ping Daydreamer at Star Ferry car park reminisces about the outdated tallest landmark in Central.
Lau Ching Ping Elementary school classmates in Park Island are searching for the lost air of childhood.
Lau Ching Ping Primary school students in Ocean Park bid farewell to the last owner of the Earth.
Lau Ching Ping Hong Kong's Chief Executive can finally take the last breath for himself.
Lau Ching Ping Football fans next to Lung Cheung Road look forward to seeing an overtime goal.
Lau Ching Ping Horticulturists in Zoological and Botanical Gardens pay tribute to the end of pretentious history.

Biography

Lau Ching Ping lives in Hong Kong. Creative works on photography, design and education. Co-editor of Dislocation magazine. Committee member of the Hong Kong International Photo Festival. Part-time lecturer at The Chinese University Hong Kong and Hong Kong University SPACE. Curator of Gallery Z. Personal blog:www.postnphoto.blogspot.com

Project Statement

The thin air, though invisible to our eyes, we know of its existence.

The air of a city, generally considered as the spirit of the city, is also invisible, but exists and is alive within us.<>Sixteen years has passed since the sovereignty rights over Hong Kong were returned to China. At that time, the people of Hong Kong, after coming through a centennial of adversities, felt that doomsday had arrived. From 1997 onward, principal officials’ accountability system, mother tongue tutoring, Asian financial crisis, SARS epidemic, 1st July rallies, Lehman brothers, 2008 financial tsunami, HSBC share price collapse, bird flu, moral and national education, air and light pollution…. to today, for the people of Hong Kong, the so-called ‘doomsday’, would certainly be the decay of the spirit of Hong Kong. Though invisible, it stays beside us, aloof.

If ever I have the chance to witness the last glimpse of piercing white light before the doom of Hong Kong, I hope that the people of Hong Kong, from every walk of life, with their limited days on earth, resolve with willfulness to live.

Say goodbye to the outermost city of South China.