‘I see the awards as impetus to take my photography further. I enjoy learning from the great masters and I review my works from time to time. There is much room for improvement.’
Student photographer shoots like a global pro
It has only been four years since Jimmi first took up photography and in that time he has collected several awards. Most recently he has added two prestigious international prizes to the list — first prize in the Hong Kong section of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards and second place in the ‘Cities’ category of the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2016.
Craving for photography
Jimmi describes his craving for photography as ‘insane’ and he never goes out without a camera. On his study breaks and days off, he wanders around the city and takes photos all day long, attempting to record the fast pace of city life through the lens. His shot of a boy playing on a basketball court at Choi Hung Estate won him the Sony award. Entitled ‘Childhood’, the photo captures the repainted candy-coloured residential block and the boy playing on a newly renovated basketball court, in a vivid juxtaposition of youthful energy and urban nostalgia. The photo was exhibited in London and also published in the annual Sony World Photography Awards book alongside other international winners.
Jimmi also shoots outside Hong Kong. During a trip to Guangzhou in October 2015, he captured a stunning image at South China Normal University which bagged the National Geographic award. Entitled ‘Silenced’, it depicts a densely-packed dormitory with clothes hanging outside the rooms. It reminded me of the resettlement areas in Hong Kong,’ Jimmy recalls. ‘The title “Silenced”, in both English and Chinese, is taken from a Korean film. I left it at that, preferring to let the viewer complete the story in his or her mind.’
Exploring the world with a camera
There is no doubt that Jimmi has already developed a unique visual style, with a precise and intense symmetry to his images, but these top prizes nevertheless came as a surprise to him. He sees the awards as impetus to take his photography further. ‘I enjoy learning from the great masters and I review my works from time to time. There is much room for improvement,’ he says. Jimmi looks forward to opportunities to work in the field of photography while exploring the world with his camera.