Talent used for public good
Sampson Chan Ching-sum is a talented multimedia artist who excels in graphic design and video production. He sees art as something which helps him relax and wants to apply his talent to various aspects of life.
Throughout secondary school, Chan took part in a lot of design projects, such as designing the cover for the sports day programme and banners for school open days. His talent and desire to help out made him a worthy member of the Arts Ambassadors-in-School Scheme.
In July, he produced a short video for the scheme's Recognition Ceremony.
Despite his achievements in graphic design and video production, Chan says he won't go into it professionally. Last year, he graduated from Tai Po Government School and is currently studying health-related subjects at Polytechnic University.
'I love design but have no intention of making it my career. If I do design as a job, there would be a lot of pressure. When I am under too much pressure, I don't produce good work. There would be many limits working in a design job, but if I design for myself, there are no boundaries,' Chan says.
The 19-year-old says his design talents had helped him with his studies as well. When he gives presentations, his brilliant designs impress teachers and classmates.
Chan says as a school art ambassador he was able to join many arts-related visits hosted by the scheme, and finds them very inspiring.
'I went to a percussion workshop. I don't know a lot about music, but the workshop leader's words really inspired me. He said anything can be used as percussion; even simply knocking your fingers on a desk. It's all around us.
'This led me to think art is also all around us.'
Chan says the experience helped him realise everything around him can be inspirations for design.
'For example, if you take a closer look at an MTR station, there is design all over the place,' he says.
'The patterns on the wall and on the pillars, those are inspiring to me. Or you look up into the sky and see the shape of the clouds - that gives me ideas as well.'