Artist Statement - Cheung Wai LokAbout Photos of Cheung
In the series of Photos of Cheung
, I enlarged the photos that my friends tagged me on Facebook on silver gelatin prints. The photos present “Cheung Wai-lok” in a more comprehensive and multi-dimensional way, more than the one I present by myself.
On the other hand, I am also considering the relationship between traditional and new media through the work. I find identical and opposing characteristics between the two. Traditional media limits the reproduction of images, while new media allows the mass production of them. Traditional media encourages the authorship of images, while new media encourages the circulation of them. I projected and enlarged the tagged photos on traditional black and white photo paper with my mobile phone. The result turns into a kind of self-portrait as I attempted to present who “Cheung Wai Lok” is. Silver gelatin paper formed with round-shaped silver particles now presents image formed by squared pixels. Meanwhile, the digital colour photo now plays the role as a B/W negative. The works enable the overlapping and inter-transfer of traditional and new media.