In early 2016, a young local artist and photographer Ernest Chang in his 20s, was given the permission to use his photographic lens to document the interior of the almost 100 years old Blue House in Wan Chai, a Hong Kong symbol of heritage preservation, before it was revamped and revitalized.
As a local resident and neighbor of The Blue House, and owner of his gallery – The Stallery, in Stone Nullah Lane in Wan Chai, Ernest was inspired and driven by his heart for the local communities, and for preserving the authenticity of culture and traditions in Hong Kong. His vision is to create a new perspective on the old, restoring its identity by progressing it into the new era.
He says, “I want to transform people’s perspective of lost traditions into a new way of looking at the old. As society advances towards a more modern and technological era, many worthwhile traditions of the past are abolished over time and identity is hence lost in time. I hope my artworks can help to promote a sharing culture where the results of craftsmanship are being celebrated, as opposed to celebrating a money culture where one is absorbed in materialistic things. Sharing, community values, and harmony are of particular importance for a divided Hong Kong nowadays.”
To celebrate and raise awareness of Ernest’s photo artwork for The Blue House and the heritage values it carries, an exhibition block party event will be held on 10 September, 2016 (Saturday), from 3 to 11pm, at The Stallery, and its adjacent bar Tai Lung Fung, on 82A Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai. Sales proceeds of the photo artworks will be donated to St. James’ Settlement, official NGO in charge of the Blue House project. Money raised will be used for several Blue House and Wan Chai community programs, such as the title sponsor for the “Step Out Blue House” Charitable City Orienteering Competition for Heritage 2016 to be held in October with around 700 participants; for monthly Blue House studio workshops to raise understanding of Hong Kong culture among the local children; for monthly Blue House open air movie screening to enhance community harmony and education.
‘Traditions provide the good for everybody; without traditions, we lose a sense of self and foundation.’ – Artist and Photographer, Ernest Chang For more information on the Blue House programs by Saint James Settlement, contact: Ms. Juno TsoiʔTel: 2117 5840ʔ Mobile: 9373 8199 | Email: [email protected] For more information on The Stallery, visit www.thestallery.com