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Ducky Tse Chi Tak - We Gift the Urbanites with Fresh Breeze

Ducky Tse Chi Tak North East New Territories Suburbanites: Sunny, Ka Sun (Farmer, Conservation Docent)

Venue: Mashipo, North East New Territories

Plant: Basil

Urbanite: Lok Lok

Venue: Causeway Bay

As a child, Lok Lok left Hong Kong to live abroad. A few...

Ducky Tse Chi Tak North East New Territories Suburbanite: Auntie Lan (Housewife, Gardening Enthusiast)

Venue: Ping Che, North East New Territories

Plant: Sunflower

Urbanite: Andrew

Venue: Prince Bar

After opening the glass bottle, the first...

Ducky Tse Chi Tak North East New Territories Suburbanite: Becky (Conversation Docent, Person-in-charge of Mapopo Farm)

Venue: Mashipo, North East New Territories

Urbanite: Macy

Venue: Industrial area of Kwun Tong

Macy grew up in Kwun Tong. Now Kwun...

Ducky Tse Chi Tak North East New Territories Suburbanite: Mr. and Mrs. Au (Farmers)

Venue: Mashipo, North East New Territories

Plant: Chili pepper

Urbanites: Ah Lung, Siu Ching (husband, wife)

Venue: Western District

Mr. Au once worked in...

Ducky Tse Chi Tak North East New Territories Suburbanite: KK (Gardening Enthusiast, Conversation Docent)

Venue: Ping Che, North East New Territories

Plant: Airplant

Urbanite: Rafaella, Briselle (mother, daughter)

Venue: Western District Blooming...

Ducky Tse Chi Tak The North East New Territories suburbanite KK prepares the plant okra for Rafaella Tung. Standing behind the okra is KK’s young daughter. The DIY blue color swing sits in KK’s garden. Written on it is the phrase ‘Close your eyes and swing along to...
Ducky Tse Chi Tak North East New Territories Suburbanite: Chi Ho (Farmer, Video Artist, Conservation Docent)

Venue: Mashipo, North East New Territories

Plant: Taro

Urbanites: Ah Tat, Heidi (husband, wife)

Venue: Residence Oasis, Tseung Kwan O ...

Ducky Tse Chi Tak The young urbanite couple Ah Tat and Heidi made a ‘sunny doll’ to honor the suburbanite Chi Ho. Written on the doll are the words ‘Lets take a fresh breeze. Enjoy the gentle sunshine.’
Ducky Tse Chi Tak North East New Territories Suburbanite: Mr. Chu (Teacher, Founder of SoIL)

Venue: SoIL, North East New Territories

Plant: Okra

Urbanites: Man, Yanki (husband, wife)

Venue: Tsuen Wan

Mr. Chu is passionate about education. He...

Ducky Tse Chi Tak The sunny doll made by Man and Yanki.

Biography

Ducky Tse Chi Tak was born and lives in Hong Kong. Early in his career he worked as a professional photojournalist for over 15 years. Currently, he is an independent photographer and visual artist. For many years, his main focus in photography is to record environmental and spatial changes in Hong Kong.

Ducky participated in and organised the first Hong Kong International Photo Festival in 2009. He has been the recipient of many awards including being a winner in multiple years of The Society of Publishers in Asia – Excellence in Feature Photography. His work has been presented in various exhibitions in Hong Kong, Japan and France and has been acquired by private collections and by museums.

Project Statement

Suburbanites from the North East New Territories are comprised of farmers, gardening enthusiasts, conservation docents and people who have live there as their ancestors had for generations. They are blessed with homes, fields and fresh air. In the project We Gift the Urbanites with Fresh Breeze, suburbanites gave their fresh air-grown plants to Hong Kongers living in areas affected by serious air pollution. Through this gesture, their hope is to share with the urbanites the idyllic atmosphere of their environment and their love for nature, and to remind them that plants are critical to air purification. The urbanites, in return, created a ‘sunny doll’ – a tradition adopted from rural Japan in which a handmade doll is hung in the window of one’s home representing a wish for sunshine and a blessing for the peoples of the countryside for the continued health of their plants and their future.

If development merely means building more big cities and converting green belt areas into urban ones, destroying suburbanite life and culture, such development can only bring temporary solutions in the form of a seemingly more comfortable life, more efficient consumption and easier planning. However, we are, indeed, over-drafting for resources that should be for future generations, leaving instead environmental damage that is irreversible. Spiritual development, therefore, is more important. It is achieved through learning to care for and bless each other.