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About the book
A prisoner is a person being confined. Being confined invariably brings distress and despair, but only if the person is aware of his confinement. So what if the person is oblivious of his predicament? Would he still feel the pain or would he simply live in oblivion? A cascade of thoughts derived, yet all fail to escape the walls of our existence.
Nick Poon, with his unique sentiments of Hong Kong, has been recording scenes of confinement on the streets, from a clocksmith in Wan Chai to a keysmith in Yau Ma Tei, from a slippers vendor in Shau Kei Wan to a battery vendor in Shum Shui Po, so these stories of strangers will live on.
“Confined” is the Champion of the 2nd Hong Kong Photo Book Awards in 2013.
About the photographer
Looking at the work of Nick Poon, he may be perceived as ordinary, real and probably a little mundane, which is quite contradictory to his role as an adman for over 20 years. He first became interested in photography when he was in secondary school, where he would go round with his father’s Nikon F2, taking pictures of people and things surrounding his daily life. Then a few years ago when he was shooting some reference photos for an advertising project and inadvertently captured a lot of people on the streets unrelated to his work. At that moment, he realised the images he had missed all these years. Now he always carries his compact camera with him, so he doesn’t miss any more inspirations on the streets. He loves shooting without a pre-conceived topic, but is partial to certain images. Like ordinary people, ordinary faces, ordinary entities, ordinary places, ordinary living, ordinary emotions, maybe a little unhappy, a little sad. The more ordinary, the more intense the desire to capture. What he really wants to do is to carefully record how these ordinary people live their lives in times of disparity.