「最純的人」巡迴攝影展覽 THE PUREST PEOPLE - Roving photography exhibitions X The Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association

是次計劃拍攝一班患唐氏綜合症的朋友,捕捉他們最純真的一面,然後以攝影展覽作為平台,讓大眾有機會去認識真正的他們。

很多時候我們都因智力的差距,不知應該如何與他們溝通,便往往選擇避開他們,形成歧視。但其實他們是很特別的一群,基因的變化令他們成為了一班純真,善良,無機心的人。他們率直感性,開心就笑,難過哭。

中學時老師在課堂上無意談及他們,記得他其中一句:“他們是世界上最純潔的人。” 這話從此引發我對這班朋友的興趣,而大學二年級一份關於“人類面孔”的攝影功課更令我深思:為什麼他們的面孔如此相似 ? 單眼皮,圓臉,加上一抺陽光般的笑容 ! 我推想,這可能是上天給他們的恩賜, 讓他們的世界沒有分歧,不分此,不論美醜。 在好奇心的驅使下, 我主動進入唐氏綜合症協會做義務攝影師,在當義工的兩三年期間,我確確實實被他們的特質所吸引,便決定幫他們拍攝一些漂亮的相片,讓他們開心一下,並同時作為展覽,告訴大眾,他們是一班很可愛,善良的人,値得大家主動認識了解。
這計劃是本人的大學畢業作品,有幸能與香港唐氏綜合症協會的合作,同時得到許多機構認同及支持,使照片得以於今年一月至四月,設有三次展覽。展覽畢,所有展覽的相片將會送給相片中的小主角, 大人物。 This project creates portraits of people with Down Syndrome, capturing their pure essence in the form of beautiful photography. Through launching public exhibitions on these artworks, I aspire to enhance the society’s general understanding of my models.
The biggest reason why most people look differently at people with Down Syndrome is that we don’t see them as individuals, but as patients. Not knowing how to approach or befriend them, some might simply discriminate them to escape from the difficulties. However, they are a chosen group of people. Genetic changes turn each of them into someone with innocent appearance, kind heart and free spirit. They are also emotionally expressive: when they feel happy, they will laugh out loud; when they feel sad, they will shed their tears.
One day in my secondary school life, my English teacher talked about Down Syndrome. It was a long while ago but I remember he said, “People with Down Syndrome are the purest people in the world.” This sounded very interesting to me because I had never had a chance to contact anyone with Down Syndrome. The story continues with an assignment from my university photography class, titled “Human Faces”. The special features of people with Down Syndrome make me ponder on an intriguing question: why do they share similar faces – single eyelids, round faces and huge smiles? Perhaps, this is the gift from the above, providing them a world of fairness and minimal differences, without firm judgments on beauty or ugliness.
Out of curiosity, I got to know more about them through volunteering for the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association since the year of 2012. While I took photos of their events, I had the privilege to engage with them in conversations and activities, being touched by their purity and warmth. So I decided to provide them a chance to walk into the studio, like the other beautiful models, to shine on the set with their radiance. Those delightful moments are indeed what I am now sharing with the public.
This project is my university graduation project. It has been a great honour to collaborate with the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association, with the generous support from different organisations. Without any one of them, the photographs will not be exhibited three times from Jan to April in 2015. As a return for their charity, I will give back all the photographs to the participants at the end of all the exhibitions.
**The Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association is devoted to improving the quality of life of people with Down Syndrome and other disabilities and their families. They also encourage people with disabilities to achieve their fullest potential and maximise the opportunity to understand every aspect of their lives, ensuring rights and opportunities within a supportive environment.**
**Being a volunteer with the association for over two years now, it’s definite that the association is doing a very important role in helping people with Down Syndrome as well as their families. I’d like to help support the association by selling my photo prints to the public, with all the profits to be donated in support of The Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association.**
For charity photos sales details, please visit : http://www.fungchan.com/prints or direct donations to the Association : http://donation.hk-dsa.org.hk/donation.asp

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