based in Hong Kong
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Dustin Shum was born and currently lives in Hong Kong. He graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Photographic Design. A...
Roughly during the sovereignty handover of Hong Kong in 1997, I decided to focus my photography in colour, refining my visual narrative with the colour medium. I have never shot a single b/w photo since then. (My VR project last year was done by converting colour 360 images into b/w artificially). It became a strange soul searching journey to me when I digged into my b/w archive recently. These photographs reminded me how we lived and through them we might find a vestige of the city remains.
Many of these photos were taken during my college years that they might not be technically exceptional or “Ho Fan-ish". While going through these photos made in the embryonic stage of my career, I felt like having a weird dialogue with a much younger self. It’s also like talking to a stranger as I might no longer embrace aesthetics of such kind anymore. I usually have no room for nostalgia even when witnessing the decline of this city. However, these photos give me a hint of how my personality and my vision towards the world have been shaped.
Rather than leaving my Instagram account deserted I think it’s an opportunity to share these photos with all of you. Starting with my photos of "Kowloon Walled City" in 1992, the once infamous virtually lawless labyrinth in Hong Kong. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowloon_Walled_City)
It's a pleasure for me to introduce my new experiemental series by using 360 photography entitled (Don't) Dare to Dream. The series is commisioned by Goethe-Institut Hongkong under the regional project "Data Dreams" initiated by the Goethe-Instituts in East Asia region,
With the use of an an inexpensive 360 degree camera. I superimpose some unknown mega-structures onto the actual scenes to create a surreal and imaginative representation of how these places will look like in the future.These images are not meant to be done in a photorealistic way. They are superimposing what is the ambiguous hybrid of reality and the dreamlike illusion, offering viewers a sense of being in a chaotic labyrinth.
Big thanks to Wired for introducing my ongoing project Speed Demon which is about the high speed railway system of China. I focus on the living environment along the railways, showing how the system has changed people’s habitat and revealing the mindset of the authority behind this massive infrastructure project.
It's a pleasure for me to have my series BLOCKS featured in European Photography, the biannual independent art magazine for contemporary photography. Also my works together with the other 13 photographers' works in this issue have been showcased in an exhibition organised by the magazine and local art group Lumenvisum. (http://www.lumenvisum.org/site/exhibition/hkcp2016_eng/)
It's been a great pleasure for me to learn that my 2008 photobook Themeless Parks is included in The Chinese Photobook edited by Martin Parr and WassinkLundgren. The book is published by Aperture which reveals for the first time the richness and diversity of photobook publishing in China, as well as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.
For those who may have interest in global photography scene, here is an article by Hong Kong art critic John Batten on the current status of Hong Kong photography. Also mentioned a bit about The Salt Yard, the art space deidcated photography I co-found, as well as "BLOCKS", the exhibition I staged last October.