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Borderless 
Photography Exhibition

Borderless was a portrait photography exhibition running in October 2022 centred on the blurring and blending of different styles of photography and perspectives from the studio to the neon lights of Hong Kong's streets.

Borderless challenges the standard presentation of photographs

Borderless showcases multiple images to create movement and drama - the same image in different orientations, different images from the same shoot as a sequence, images from radically different shoots juxtaposed as a sequence.  Complementing colours and contrasting subject matter create playful transitions from street to the studio in the same art piece.  The artwork also toys with the processes of photography: the thought behind constructing a series of photographs that tell a story, the selection and editing of images from a shoot, how the same image can have different impacts depending on its scale and orientation and how images can be imagined as a double exposure (overlayed on top of each other).

 

Underpinning the exhibition is my focus on creating a feeling of movement and of harmony in contrasts, especially in the strength and fragility of faces, bodies and movements.

Tatler Asia says: "This photography exhibition captures the sensual fluidity of strong human bodies."

Credits

Models, dancers, subjects: Kiran Gill, Angel Wong, Hester Lo, Lylaaaboo, Jazi, Brice Henry

Creative team: Calyn daSilva & Lu Yao (lighting),  @ting.creation & @notcute_makeup (MAU), Hester Lo (stylist), @retoucher-Anne (retouching), Lucas Yeung (graphic design)

Mentoring & Support: Michael Kistler, Alice Chong, David Cotton

The pieces

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01

Long Night in Hong Kong

I'm a portrait and street photographer, they are always together in me.  This abstract image of Hong Kong's famous skyline ​blends with a studio shot nude of a Hong Kong model in tonal colours.

Limited edition of 15 signed by the artist

Fine Art Pearl archival quality paper

Framed exhibition piece is signed first edition 80x53.3cm (image dimensions) and HK$9,800

Other editions available in paper only in 80x53.3cm and 60x40cm: order online here

02

Animal Flow

Movement is central in my photography, even for the stillest of portraits. This mini series shot back to back flows seamlessly from drama to power to peace.

Limited edition of 15 signed by the artist

Brilliant matt white archival quality paper

Framed exhibition piece is signed first edition 80x53.3cm (image dimensions) and HK$9,800

Other editions available in paper only in 80x53.3cm and 60x40cm: order online here

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03

Strength in Pieces

We often limit photographs by only seeing them in their original orientation and as one. In this piece, repetition and reorientation add imagery to the strong but vulnerable and anonymous male portraits.

Limited edition of 15 signed by the artist

Fine Art Pearl archival quality paper

Framed exhibition piece is signed first edition 80x60cm (image dimensions) and HK$9,800

Other editions available in paper only in 80x60cm and 60x45cm: order online here

04

Rising Falling

One of my favourite photographs of a Hong Kong dancer repeats to emphasise her movement.  Up or down, depending on how you see it.

Limited edition of 15 signed by the artist

Brilliant matt white archival quality paper

Framed exhibition piece is signed first edition 80x60cm (image dimensions) and HK$9,800

Other editions available in paper only in 80x60cm and 60x45cm: order online here

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05

Heat of the Moment

In this triptych we see how small changes in posture create very different feelings in essentially the same shot, while the negative graphic invites you into the photographer's selection process.

Limited edition of 15 signed by the artist

Fine Art Pearl archival quality paper

Framed exhibition piece is signed first edition 80x53.3cm (image dimensions) and HK$9,800

Other editions available in paper only in 80x53.3cm and 60x40cm: order online here

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06

Combination Reaction

This diptych juxtaposes a studio art nude and a Mong Kok street shot with deliberately tonal colours and hard graphic elements.  They could be a double exposed (or overlayed) image.

Limited edition of 15 signed by the artist

Fine Art Pearl archival quality paper

Framed exhibition piece is signed first edition 80x53.3cm (image dimensions) and HK$9,800

Other editions available in paper only in 80x53.3cm and 60x40cm: order online here

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07

Neon Face Off

Hong Kong street and studio blur together in this piece where two ladies face off in the colours of the reflected neon street sign.

Limited edition of 15 signed by the artist

Fine Art Pearl archival quality paper

Framed exhibition piece is signed first edition 80x60cm (image dimensions) and HK$9,800

Other editions available in paper only in 80x60cm and 60x45cm. Also available on white or cyan background: order online here

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08

Shapes in Cyberpink

Grounded in the cyberpunk colours so often shot in Hong Kong's neon lit streets, the confident poses of two studio shot art nudes interact. 

Limited edition of 15 signed by the artist

Fine Art Pearl archival quality paper

Framed exhibition piece is signed first edition 80x60cm (image dimensions) and HK$9,800

Other editions available in paper only in 80x60cm and 60x45cm. Also available on white or cyan background: order online here

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09

Contact Portrait

A series of portraits shot at the height of Covid - each image has a mask of shadows partly concealing the face. The contact print context invites you into the selection process that photographers go through.

Limited edition of 15 signed by the artist

Brilliant matt white archival quality paper

Framed exhibition piece is signed first edition 80x53.3cm (image dimensions) and HK$9,800

Other editions available in paper only in 80x53.3cm and 60x40cm: order online here

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10

Fashion Reel

Black and white, colour, sizes and orientations blend and blur on a contact print playing with the selection and editing process.

Limited edition of 15 signed by the artist

Brilliant matt white archival quality paper

Framed exhibition piece is signed first edition 80x53.3cm (image dimensions) and HK$9,800

Other editions available in paper only in 80x53.3cm and 60x40cm: order online here

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