The days repeat themselves. People go to work and leave work; buses reach and depart from the terminals; the Light Rail trains trail along the streets. Life passes in a static, regular rhythm from one day to the next. Even those who call themselves artists cannot escape from this fate.
For a few years I searched for a way to illuminate the place I live in, an expression that I would be contented with. The search stopped when I found the paintbrushes of my late father which stirred my interest. My father was a graphic designer in advertising; he painted to sustain the livelihood of our family of four. If he was still alive, he would have reached retirement age. He might have been wandering around town with me, standing behind me to watch my camera and I at work.
I pick up the paintbrushes. I paint in watercolours, in rudimentary techniques and strokes, filling the photographs with colour blocks. I paint to destroy the mundane and regular scenery of Tin Shui Wai in the photographs, one after another, until even the skies are filled.
In this repetitive act, my father and I recreate a new scenery.
Ho Siu Nam,South . Photographer. Born in 1984,the 4th generation Hongkongese.
Ho graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and obtained his Higher Diploma in Social Work in 2006. Ho has worked for various magazines (as editor and photographer). He now focus on Photography (especially black and white) and get involved in a little bit of writing as well. He loves discovering various photographic subjects from the society in order to express his viewpoints on existence.
Ho participated in various photography exhibitions actively since 2007. In 2008, he take part in the “Imaging Hong Kong Contemporary Photography Exhibition”, a major photography exhibition in Hong Kong. His photographic series“Into Light”was awarded in the “Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards 2009” and was adopted as a collection by The Burger Collection,Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan.His personal studio was established in 2008.In 2013, he co-founded 100 ft. PARK, a non-commercial art space dedicated to providing an open platform for exhibiting and sharing art.