Now And Then
Born in the 1970s, Chris Wong is a home-grown photographer grew up in the fusion of Chinese and Western cultures in Hong Kong. Hong Kong's architectural heritage sites mostly fall in either Chinese or Western styles while the architectural design of different periods vary. With the influence of east-meets-west culture, Chris Wong is always interested in the architectural aesthetics and history of the colonial era.
Chris Wong conceives photo shooting as a dialogues with the shooting object. Through the architectural style, the historic buildings can tell their architectures’ stories and aesthetics with their own characteristics to passerby, while Chris captures the moment as a respondent. His curiosity drives him to start the conversation by taking photos for the first time for a Chinese-style historic building which is not regularly open. If any enthusiast like him is interested in this way of communication, they may be able to retain the story, and bring together the various slices of its richly storied history.
Buildings have been counting the fluid flow of time from past to present, from bricks and tiles to the monuments today, in quietness and serenity. Chris makes use of instant film for shooting, with the unique texture of Polaroid images, to recall the good memory of the past.
A historic building is a legend of one’s own time. A trace of it is left and gets exposed on an instant photo. Each frame is a monument to be discovered and preserved.
These architectural heritage sites live through time and have now become a part of our everyday life in Hong Kong. Sometimes, we slow down, in awe of the aesthetic wonders of architecture defined by detailed space planning, highly skilled craft and creative structural design. Occidental colonial-style buildings put down roots in the Pearl of the Orient. Each place, may it be a barracks, a court house or a church, exudes its own lasting charm.