Where Time Turns Black

PhotographerAgnes Ku
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryHong Kong, Hong Kong
Photo Date2017
Technical InfoPanorama on mobile phone
Entry Description

The project in part is personal and in part speaks to the larger issue of time/ memory through ageing. Memory is a multi-layered process of connection, disconnection and reconnection --- (re-)connecting to/ disconnecting from not only one’s personal past but also family history and spatial landscape. The project undertakes visual experimentation via the mobile phone, featuring the effects of black-out and distortion in a panoramic format in a most original way. The aesthetic effects go well with the intended symbolic meanings in conveying a sense of (unknown) loss. Something that has made who we are is slipping away. What is real, and what not? The panorama mode is a very versatile yet less frequently used mode that requires delicate skills in rendering a good composition. The operation is strictly straight photography without post-production editing.

About Photographer

Agnes Ku, a sociologist and amateur photographer, is currently Associate Professor of Social Science at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She has published widely on issues relating to culture, identity, urban space, and civil society. She completed a postgraduate diploma program in photography with Distinction in 2016. And in 2017, she held two solo exhibitions and published her debut photo book, Where Time Turns Black. The book, which traverses art photography, writing and sociology, has received several international awards in the "Fine Art" category in Tokyo, Paris and USA.