Untitled (Traveler's Series)

1993-1998


This is the first body of work developed by Leung Chi Wo after his study of photographyin Italy in 1991. Fascinated by 19th Century photographers who traveled with heavy equipment, he tried to adopt a visitor’s view at buildings and places in Hong Kong. Whatis interesting is that more than 20 years later, many of the places in these photographs nolonger exist. Inspired by Italian artist and filmmaker Paolo Gioli’s experimentation on pinhole camera, Leung contemplated the photographic representation of pinhole cameras, which created exaggerated or distorted images however without lens that distorts light ray. He considers the images captured by a pinhole camera to be an “honest” record while its effect of exaggerated perspective visually creates a paradox of the “unreal”, prompting the artistto touch on the themes of contradiction and conflict in his photography and other artistic works.
 


Leung’s Pinhole Camera (16 x 16 Format), wood, magnet, steel & brass, 50 x 47 x 13 cm, 1995

Leung’s Pinhole Camera produced images with long exposure varying from 20 minutes to 2hours. Without viewfinder, the artist was not able to anticipate the exact result. The camerain a way functioned independently from the artist who could nevertheless concentrate onhis substantial observation of the place. What is visible in the picture only represented asmall fraction of the artist experience of the production that is largely invisible. The case ofthe camera is inscribed with the Italian words “invisibile” and “visibile”, implying the visibleimage being shot and the invisible passage of time and the story of the photographerand the space. The name of the artist, engraved inside the camera and invisible to theaudience here, subtly echoes the very personal engagement of photography, which couldbe only imagined but not seen.

 

Central Market (from Des Voeux Road Central), gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5 cm, 1995








Fo Tan, New Territories, gelatin silver print, set of 4, each 40.5 x 40.5cm, 1993-1996


Sai Ying Pun, Western District , gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5 cm, 1994


The Old Bank of China Building, Central, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5 cm, 1994


Mid-levels, Central (from Prince Terrace), gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5 cm, 1995


Peak Tramway, Mid-levels, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5 cm, c.1996


Wo Hop Shek Public Cemetery, New Territories, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5 cm, 1994


Sai Ying Pun Market (between Third Street & Centre Street), gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5 cm, 1994


Sai Ying Pun Market (from Third Street) , gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5 cm, 1994


Wo Che, Shatin , gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5 cm, 1994


Signal Hill Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5, 1995


Chung Chi College, New Territories, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5, 1996




Tuen Mun Town Park, New Territories, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5, 1995


Lily Street, Causeway Bay, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5, 1997


Outside the Shatin Racecourse, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5, 1998


Lower Albert Road, Central, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5, 1998


Kau Yan Church, Western District, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5, 1998


Ngau Chi Wan, Kowloon, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5, 1998


To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5, 1997


St. Mary’s Church, Causeway, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5, 1997


Tai Po, New Territories, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5, 1994

 

Tai Wai, New Territories, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5, 1994


Ma On Shan, New Territories, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5, 1994


Wanchai Training Pool, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5, 1998



Hilton Hotel, Central, gelatin silver print, 40.5 x 40.5, 1995