New Territories is a series of projects that explore the changing landscape of Hong Kong’s northern frontier, caught between its past and ongoing integration with mainland China.

2021 - Ongoing

Wanting to escape from urban Hong Kong, I found myself walking near the Northern border every weekend. I would have no particular destination in mind, surrendering to the journey and photographing whatever I encountered along my path. 

I encountered a landscape that was deeply torn between developers and villagers, nature and infrastructure, and fragments of history being eroded by urban development with Shenzhen looming across the border. 

Far more than a geographical region, New Territories is a personal meditation of a place that is ever changing, the ground rupturing beneath my feet.


或許只是想從城市中片刻抽離,尋找一段真空的時間,我時常帶上相機,漫無目地行走在香港北部邊界,拍攝沿途所見。沒有既定的終點,沒有特定的意義。

直到我偶遇了這樣的鄉村風景——由發展商與村民之間,原初的自然與基礎設施之間的矛盾構築而成的景象,以及隨之散落的,被土地發展侵蝕的記憶片段。

「界」,將超越其地理名詞的本義,轉而成為一段自述的風景,一幅不斷變幻的景象——此時、此地,大地在我腳下破裂。

The things we leave behind,

all but a ruin of memories,

washed away in a sea of darkness.

Their contours emerge from shadowy depths,

tracing some distant past,

to a home that once was.

Across the fields they toiled,

burying their hearts beneath the

soil that would soon rise into the

sky in exclamations of anger, like the

cracking of firework and the burst of

tears that fill the air, shattering the ground into

fragments of a land that once was, now

gone away into the silent

land of memory.

Wanting to escape from urban Hong Kong, I found myself walking near the northern border every weekend. 

I would have no particular destination in mind and photographed anything in my path. I encountered a landscape that was deeply contested between developers and villagers, nature and infrastructure, and fragments of history being eroded by urban development with Shenzhen looming across the border.

Far more than a geographical region, New Territories is a personal meditation of a place that is ever changing, the ground rupturing beneath my feet.



深港邊境,舊時的村落被拆除,以為土地開發讓位。瓦礫之下,僅存一件又一件被遺棄的生活物件。夜幕將至,他們散落四處,仿若記憶的碎片。我將它們拾取、拼湊,它們如同在向我講述一段過去,一段在快速城市更新中被侵蝕、遺忘的鄉間生活。

「新-界」 ,將超越其地理名詞的本義,轉而成為一段隱喻的風景,一幅被抹去的景象——此時、此地,大地在我腳下破裂。


Solo Exhibition

"New Territories", 01 November - 28 December, 2022, Hong Kong International Photo Festival (HKIPF) Satellite Exhibition 

Grants

Hong Kong International Photo Festival (HKIPF) Satellite Exhibition Grant 2022 for "New Territories"

Publications

Hui, Justin. New Territories. Hong Kong, Asia One Books, 2022 (Upcoming)


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