Through Our Eyes Photography
Education Programme
School Workshop
Food. Family. Photography
Description:
Food has always been part of our lives. In a metropolitan city like Hong Kong, cuisines from around the world are literally on our doorstep. But have we ever tried to eat mindfully or understand what we are eating? As teenagers, how do our students get along with their family? By means of food, the course tutor gives her students an opportunity to study their family background and culture.

This course explores the connection between self, family and food. Students learn to create their own photographic work with food and by staging a scene, through which they understand more about their family. The course is divided into two parts. In the first part, students experiment with staged food photography. They learn basic camera skills as well as food photography, lighting, portrait techniques and how to create mood in their photographs. Not only can they learn and practise photography skills, but also enjoy the process of observing, feeling, deconstructing and reconstructing food.

In the second part, students create their own series using photography as the main medium. They will set up an exhibition in their school, using specific environments to enhance or stand out their work. The exhibits will be scattered over the campus, for example on the stairs, in a corridor, or inside a lift, bathrooms, the library, the tuck shop or the school hall. Students are free to pick their own exhibition spot to learn about the interaction between their work and the surrounding environment. Some students have chosen to work on larger scale works, with which they have the opportunity to make a bold statement. They also learn to pay attention to details and make precise measurements.
School Info:
Artist Educator: Doreen Chan
School: The Church Of Christ In China Kei To Secondary School
School Teacher: Chow Hang Yi, Chan Wing Man
Student: Law Chung Yin, So Ho Yin, Wong Ho Man, Ng Ming Wai, Fok Wai Chi, Sun Ka Sheung, Lee Yee Ki, Choi Chun Tak, Yip Ka Yeung, Lun Pui Ki, Ou Mei Yi, Theo Wong Wai Ho, Chan Hoi Lam
Student Interview:
Sun Ka Sheung
Sweet, sour, bitter and spicy – this is what life is about. Sun is inspired by different flavours of food and turns his subtle feelings into art. Bitter melons and flowers are often perceived as two very different things. Flowers are colourful and attractive; bitter melons, however, have an unappealing bumpy surface and a bitter taste, which is not everyone's cup of tea. In his photographic work, Sun places them together and makes a connection between the two. To him, life is a series of challenges. You have to face the bitterness in life, just like eating bitter melons, in order to survive the challenges. From hating bitter melons to loving them, his mother contributed a lot to his change of taste. “Every time my mum prepares bitter melons, she likes to garnish the dish with three flowers to symbolise the bittersweet nature of life. She'd also add some sugar to balance the bitterness. I see love in the combination of bitter melons and flowers,” he said. Taking part in TOE allows him to be creative and get a sense of satisfaction through photography instead of just drawing. He makes use of the lighting skills taught in a workshop to control different elements like the light source, angles and how to stage a scene. Everyone realises his or her work differently – that is how students develop their personal style. For example, he tied a bitter melon with a rope as a metaphor of uncontrollable situations in life. As an outgoing person, he manages to find a creative style that suits him the most. But at the same time, he feels insecure when trying to stand out from the crowd. This is perhaps the situation many artists find themselves in.