Photography exhibition Eye to Eye features everyday life

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 October, 2012, 3:45am

Every picture tells a story, and it was with this in mind that an innovative programme was put in place to give the people of Hong Kong a chance to depict their lives through photography.

The snapshots could be of mundane routines - of domestic workers shopping in wet markets, taking children to school or with friends on holidays.

But to Mary Deloso, one of the 300,000 Asian domestic workers in Hong Kong, the images made her reflect on issues such as poverty and the relationship between different ethnic groups.

"Apart from domestic workers, I also take pictures of old people pushing carts and collecting cardboard on the street," said 44-year-old Deloso. "The government is able to and should bear the responsibility of taking care of them; but why are there still so many people living below the poverty line?"

Deloso, who has been working here for 10 years, is a committee member of the Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Union, mixing with people from many countries.

The exposure lends a human touch to her contributions to the Eye to Eye: Jockey Club Social Documentation Project, the city's biggest community photography campaign to date.

Organised by the Photographic Culture Association and funded by the Jockey Club Charities Trust with support from the Art Promotion Office, the project gives people from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities the chance to tell their life stories in one of the world's most vibrant cities by just taking photographs.

Perry Wong, an engineer, captured the work he had been doing on the largest, longest underground drainage tunnel in the city - 7.25 metres in diameter, 11 kilometres long - which runs from Tai Hang to Cyberport.

"It looks magnificent, but most residents wouldn't have a chance to see it - now they have," Wong, 27, said. "I get a great sense of achievement whenever I revisit these photos."

Eye to Eye is holding roving exhibitions: it can be viewed at L0 & L1 Galleries at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre from today to November 11; the Exhibition Gallery, Sha Tin Town Hall from November 21 to December 4; and Tsuen Wan Town Hall Exhibition Gallery from December 18 to 30.