“Omission”, 2017 | Ethan Lo

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Ethan is a recent graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design majoring in photography BFA. Ethan was born in Hong Kong in 1996. Many of his projects are long term and revolve around land use and human-altered landscape in hopes that his photographs raise questions and bring environmental awareness to the world.

We asked Ethan to tell us about his most recent series 'Omission'.

Omission is the action of excluding or leaving out someone or something. Photography has always been considered as a tool to capture evidence. This project is a series of photographs taken in Tseung Kwan O, one of the fastest growing districts in Hong Kong. As the population increases, housing developments are blooming, transportation is more efficient as roads and highways expand and bridges are now connected to other cities, retails are on a rise for the rapid growing consumers. However, the young generation is still being educated by a system that was designed decades ago.

Typically black and white 4x5 negatives are used for documentation and archival material. In this series, the physical archival materials are burnt as setting oneself on fire has historically been a political statement, particularly in Hong Kong. By burning the negatives, the process represents the dissatisfaction with the constant development of this area whilst disregarding the outdated system currently teaching the younger generation.

To see more of Ethan's work, visit www.ethanlo.co.uk

All images and text © Ethan Lo