O'Young Moli, Julian - 1/8

O'Young Moli, Julian She is responsible for blocking out all the lights at the venue for their date. Even though they chat in the virtual world every day and have built a bond through their words and imagination, he is still nervous every time he enters her dark world.
O'Young Moli, Julian They take turns taking pictures with an instant camera. As each photo is taken, the light flashes for 0.125 seconds. In a flash, they see each other for the first time in real life.
O'Young Moli, Julian On their first dinner date in the dark, they hear the crowd shouting from outside the window: “Liberate Hong Kong! Revolution of our times!” Only then do they realise that they are near the venue of Chief Executive’s first community dialogue. Her...
O'Young Moli, Julian With only the dim light seeping through the curtains, he is eager to see the picture, and he also feels the urge to pull them open to see the demonstration going on downstairs. He knows she often takes photos at the demonstrations, so he gives her the...
O'Young Moli, Julian She sits up, trying to catch a glimpse of the flowers he has brought to the date. While the public is caught up in a collective paranoia, his heart is filled with anger against violence and injustice. As evening falls, he has to return to the office.
O'Young Moli, Julian They both like to take impromptu pictures of each other, to capture a glimpse of the other’s posture. The sudden flash of intense light in the dark causes a rapid visual conversion of positive and negative images, and the sharp and three-dimensional...
O'Young Moli, Julian In the dark, they console one another and share their crazy experiences. In these times of chaos and gloom, they see this unspeakable romance and intimacy as something extravagant. No one knows when this near-sadistic experiment will end. While they share...


This photo series is the collaborative work of a photographer and an architect. Due to the anonymous nature of this project, detailed artist biographies are not available.


O’Young Moli, Julian

O’Young Moli (b. 1992) is an artist who currently works and lives in Hong Kong. Julian (b. 1988) is an architect who currently works and lives in Hong Kong.

Project Statement

Early this summer, a friend of mine who is a photographer met a kindred spirit online. Just as they were getting ready to meet in person, the social movement broke out in Hong Kong, and the two of them became occupied with their own lives. They made a joke that they should see each other only after at least two of the five demands were met. They began an experiment: until this goal is achieved they will only meet in a dark place. The only light source is the flash of an instant camera, as the vague impressions they had of each other from online continue in real life.

To this day, they have met in the dark several times, they each still have no idea of the other’s appearance or identity.