If you’ve been following our social media, you’ll be well aware that we’ve been teasing some very exciting happenings for Bamboo Scenes. Luckily, we’re all systems go on that front and ready to share the details with all you art lovers!
At Bamboo Scenes, we aim to keep things fresh by offering something new and exciting every few months. Sometimes that’ll be new artists and exhibitions, and at other times, it will be exclusive new pieces of art!
With the Lunar New Year celebrations just over, we are ready to celebrate the Year of the Tiger by showcasing the new additions to our fabulous collection of photography art prints. We’ve curated a dazzling selection of eight images from our existing collective of local photographers that captures different aspects and new parts of the city we all know and love. Our new visuals add an exciting new dynamic to our existing art collection. We absolutely adore this new capsule collection and hope you do too!
Without further ado, here are the eight new additions to the Bamboo Scenes collection.
Want the TL;DR version? Check out this Youtube video where Bamboo Scenes team members Madelon and Mei introduce you to the collection themselves!
Primary - Gideon de Kock
A Sunday spent on refurbishment. This vehicle has appeared here several times, in a neighbourhood undergoing its own makeover. The car in this space is both a symbol of admiration and respect for the past, and a reminder that the “new” will paint and gloss over the stories and textures of before. Is this visual representation as advantageous as the message?
In this image, Gideon beautifully captures one of Hong Kong’s biggest dichotomies—a marriage of the old and the new in the heart of the Tai Kok Tsui district. The bright yellow car represents modern Hong Kong, while the ramshackle buildings in the background represent its past. Both are undergoing a refurbishment that will create a new chapter for the city.
Tripod - Gideon de Kock
Three men adjust the ocean for passers-by. Although two are obstructed by the waves on the poster, we get a glimpse behind the curtains when we pull our focus to the centre of the frame. Will we forget the efforts of the three men in the grandiosity of the deep blue ocean?
In Hong Kong—as in many big cities—a lot of the drudge work goes unnoticed by the average resident. In this tightly-framed image, Gideon has captured this particular big-city phenomenon. Hong Kong brims with grandiose images and advertisements everywhere—but only rarely do we get a glimpse behind the scenes at the people who make this possible.
Doorway to the Mountains - Jeremy Cheung
On a sunny spring afternoon, at the newly refurbished wall of the 40-year-old Nam Shan Estate, life and laundry continue the way they did when we used to live by the mountains.
Hong Kong’s public housing estates are an homage to Hong Kong’s quotidian life, and never more so than in this photo by Jeremy. With a tight focus, Jeremy captures the dense yet vibrant architecture of these estates, and the daily existence that they oversee—after all, there will always be laundry.
Dreaming about Victoria - Jeremy Cheung
With a winter sunset approaching, Victoria Harbour is shrouded with mist, diffusing warm hues across its waters. The tides may change, but in Hong Kong, the dreams keep rolling.
In this stunningly evocative image of a Hong Kong icon, Jeremy captures the beauty of Victoria Harbour at sunset—in silhouette. The photo represents hope, timelessness, and renewal in one haunting moment.
Explorer - Kelvin Yuen
I love going out to explore in nature—it always gives me a surprise. Here, I discovered a hidden cave with a view on the remote Tung Lung Chau island.
An avid landscape photographer, Kelvin is known for capturing captivating images of Hong Kong’s wild side. In this image of contrasts, the darkness of the cave gives way to the light of the ocean and sky, while the big rocks that dominate the foreground dwarf the person standing in the centre of the photo.
Wave - Kelvin Yuen
I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been to Kowloon Peak to chase the ocean of clouds. This is, by far, my favourite cloud shape from the top.
Kelvin has captured many peaks and clouds in Hong Kong, but few are as dramatic as this blanket of soft, fluffy clouds blanketing the top of Kowloon Peak. Taken as the day breaks over Hong Kong, it forms an ethereal, almost meditative image.
Light of Mercy II - Kevin Mak
Many flats in Hong Kong don’t enjoy direct sunlight. In many modern cities, the sunlight reflected from the glass of one building into another might be considered glare or visual pollution. In Hong Kong, it might be the only light that enters an apartment—a Light of Mercy. The scattering and distortion of the reflected light create a surreal pattern on the building facade, highlighting the dynamic life and proximity of Hongkongers in these shoe-box apartments.
Urban Ceremony - Kevin Mak
This photograph shows a pop-up bamboo scaffolding pavilion that’s built annually at the same location for a Chinese opera performance during a festival. Together with the sloped topography and curved highway surrounded by skyscrapers above the quiet pavilion before the actual festival, it forms one of the most surreal and chaotic scenes the artist has ever seen in his home city.
Hong Kong is a city of surprises, and Kevin captures that beautifully in “Urban Ceremony.” In the most unlikely of places—under a highway—a random bamboo scaffolding pavilion has been erected to house a Chinese opera. It’s a testament to the determined yet ephemeral nature of the city.