“This workshop really opened my eyes and made me think. I’d never imagined that actions and language could be a form of art too. But art can be dynamic, it can let viewers be participants as well.” Ashley Kwan, Class 5D, United Christian College (Kowloon East)
“I’ve learned some new slang expressions like “Soy sauce, chilly sauce” (meaning: do whatever you want) and realised that it can be a form of art. Everything we do in our life leaves traces and has an effect, it can impact other people and influence the way things turn out.” Ms. Chan, Class F4VA2, Creative Secondary School
“This workshop has given me a better understanding of art. Art is not just about drawing and sculpture, it can also be expressed through sounds and actions.” Ms. Ng, Class 5A, Fanling Lutheran Secondary School
“The part of the workshop that made the biggest impression was having to find a passer-by to draw a picture for me near Shatin Town Hall. People really took time to draw. Even though we didn’t know each other, we made a connection through this simple interaction.” Ms. Li, Class 4D, TWGHs Sun Hoi Directors' College
“Usually, I wouldn’t start talking to strangers on the street, but this activity (though with a purpose) has given me the chance to come into contact with different people. It was really interesting.” Karly, Class 5B, S.K.H. Lam Kau Mow Secondary School
Siu Wai Hang: Disappearing Over the Decade
"I originally thought that things like old shops, traditional grocery stores and telephone booths would disappear.
But [after attending the workshop, I learned that] the public thought it would be certain types of human bonding that would disappear, like compassion and the sentiments between people, etc.
This changed the way I thought about it. People are concerned about human relationships, not just about things." Ivy, Class 4A, St. Paul’s School (Lam Tin)
"Photography helps me realise what I really care about in a certain matter or object . Sometimes we have too many thoughts in our head and don’t know how to focus. If we can recognise the things that are important, we can gain a deeper understanding and be clear about our goals and the things that drive us.
The part of the workshop that made the biggest impression was the theme. In the city, we’re all moving so fast we don’t have time to appreciate what’s happening around us. But this workshop allowed us, a group of students just focused on our studies, to slow down, to see the world clearly and think about what we have to cherish." Ms. Li, Class 5E, Lok Sin Tong Wong Chung Ming Secondary School
"Initially I wasn’t interested in photography, but this workshop inspired me to use it more often in my own art work. There are lots of different techniques that can be used with this media." Leah Putnam, Year 12, Renaissance College
"Interviewing the public made the biggest impression on me [in this workshop]. It helped me to think outside the box, to think about the question ‘What will disappear?’ from a different angle.
The concept of the activity was what attracted me most. The topic makes us think and share about what will disappear in Hong Kong and use photography to express our ideas." Stephanie, 11D, Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School
"I always thought photography was a way of collecting memories, and in a manner of speaking, stopping time. Objects captured on film are preserved for as long as the film remains. Participating in this workshop made me recognize that even the method of taking pictures has embodied many values behind. Polaroids, for one, is more of a symbol to instantly recreating a moment, witnessing blank space become filled." Angela Li, 9C, Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School
"The whole workshop was great. In the interview session I learnt how to communicate with people of different ages and understand how they feel about their life. Thinking about the things that will disappear in the next 50 years was also quite interesting, as I’d never thought about this before. I also think it’s great to get artistic inspiration from onsite investigations in the community." Wong Wing Yung, Yan Chai Hospital Wong Wah San Secondary School