Through a teen's lens

PUBLISHED : Friday, 31 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 31 December, 2010, 12:00am

Fifteen-year-old Stephen Poon Chung-kui is a passionate photographer and uses his hobby to help people in need. From January 2 to 5, the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre in Central will host the 'Snapshots by a Teen' photo exhibition.

The exhibition features 60 of Stephen's best photographs from around the world.

The pictures are also available as a photo album for HK$50. All proceeds will go to Unicef.

Photography is Stephen's biggest interest, while travelling is his dad's passion. The two hobbies laid the foundation for the exhibition.

'My father loves to travel during the holidays, and we've been to various places on the mainland, in Europe and in the United States,' Stephen said.

'My favourite photo is of a flying seagull I took among the icebergs in Alaska. I really like it. The place is beautiful and not many people are able to set foot there. I am blessed to be able to visit so many places and take pictures. I hope to share my photos with others and do something to help people in need. I chose to give to Unicef because I wanted to help children around the world.'

Organising the exhibition has been a great learning experience for Stephen. He had to write a proposal to the arts centre to request use of the exhibition area.

'I think I caught the attention of the curator with my work and being so young,' he said.

'To be honest, I am not yet a great photographer, but with help from my parents, teachers, friends and family I was able to host the exhibition.

'I wholeheartedly thank them for their support.'