In 1951 the Hong Kong clock tower was built in the district of Tsim Sha Tsui. After all this time overlooking the Victoria Harbour for 100 years, no one has realised until now that a mysterious power from the clock will change the course of time.
On one particular night, the blood-moon emerges causing the clock tower’s mysterious power to take place. Suddenly time cease to exist as the clock tower shifts time reversing day and night cycles and 24 hours is no longer relevant to the city.
What will happen to Hong Kong on the blood-moon night before the clock strikes at midnight? Will Hong Kong get it’s new start after this mysterious encounter?
The birth of “Time “
I started shooting time-lapse photography since 2012. A few years later I got into a new style of photography known as hyper-lapse. I was always fascinated by both styles of photography and continued to gain knowledge in these techniques. My practices over the years became real jobs and more recently I have started to teach my techniques in workshops. However, once in a while I still like to do my own projects and create my own stories which is how I got into this project known as TIME.
The concept began in Oct 2014 when the blood moon (lunar eclipse) was approaching. There are a lot of fairytale stories from different people about the idea and the meaning. I thought I’d take the opportunity to make my own story from it. I merged the blood moon concept with the clock tower, because I felt the tower is still a remarkable landmark that has witness changes in the city for a century. This year marks the 100th year anniversary of the clock tower, so I felt it was right time to merge these two together and create a starting point for the story.
Shooting took place from winter 2014 until Aug 2015, spanning across several of Hong Kong’s locations, Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Victoria Harbour and the Peak. The video uses both techniques time-lapse and hyper-lapse The time-lapse shots were done using motion control. The Hyper-lapse required a lot more process as each shot has to be done frame by frame and manually taking a step forward using physical energy for hours. Each location was shot twice, day and night. The calculation and timing for shooting each place required hours of patience for example a 10 second hyper-lapse shot requires nearly 1.5 hours of shooting time, which required me to spend up to 3 hours to complete the day and night cycles. At each location I had to mark and remember the starting points and interval timing to match the framing in post production. Finally, all the photos are raw in 7K resolution, requiring more work in post, I’ll save that story for another time.
Despite all the hard work and the time consuming time-lapse and hypler-lapse shooting I had a great time and I’m satisfied with the outcome seeing my work visualised in motion. It encourages me to move forward and create more videos in the near future.
Translate by Scott Hui and Ida Lam
從2012年開始拍攝縮時攝影（Timelapse), 後來超行縮影（Hyperlapse) 之出現令我對這兩種攝影更著迷，經過不斷的拍攝，練習，技術得以提升，就想以故事手法利用縮時攝影及超行縮影拍攝方法去展現，概念從上年2014年10月份血月出現時開始，因為血月出現有很多傳説流傳，於是腦袋裡天馬行空的概念就一一浮現並把故事畫面記下，而選擇尖沙咀鐘樓因為它歷史悠久，擁有很多經歷，見證了很多改變，1990年7月30日，鐘樓被香港古物諮詢委員會評定為香港法定古蹟，受到《古物及古蹟條例》的保護。今年亦是尖沙咀鐘樓興建一百週年。而發生在香港維多利亞港兩岸之間亦對香港有一定的代表性，之後就設計故事大綱，選擇拍攝地點。
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