Exciting young photographers check in with their favourite Leica cameras

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 March, 2012, 12:00am


The sleek, modern interiors of Swire Hotels' boutique properties - The Upper House in Hong Kong and The Opposite House in Beijing - are the subject of a project matching up-and-coming post-80s photographers with their favourite Leica cameras. The resulting exhibition sees the commissioned works of Hong Kong photographers Mandy Yeung and Xue Tan, and mainland photographers Madi Ju and Hanchao being displayed at the Upper House sky lounge until Sunday, before moving to Beijing.

At the launch, Yeung, a self-taught photographer with a graphic design background, was on hand to chat about the project.

'I was happy to take part knowing Leica was onboard,' Yeung said. 'I chose the digital M9 with a 21mm lens to shoot with. I usually shoot with a Canon 35mm film camera. So working digitally made for an interesting change. I chose a wide angle lens because the brief was to shoot in the hotel interior, and I wanted to make sure I had a panning view of whatever space I chose.' Yeung's series features a male figure and a red balloon in various configurations within an Upper House hotel suite.

'I think what makes photography art is the concept going into the picture,' Yeung said. 'In this series, the red balloon represents the soul, in a way. The colour red is everything vibrant and good in Chinese culture, so the viewer is meant to interpret how the balloon relates to the man and the space.'