Z-Axis (2014–)

Hong Kong is situated on a hilly and mountainous terrain. Because of the lack of natural flat land, Hong Kong simply does not have the prerequisite to be designed into a grid system—a town planning method that is found in many other world cities such as New York.
Chan Hong Yui Clement landscape photography phosmag hong kong

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Chan Hong Yui Clement landscape photography phosmag hong kong

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According to the Hong Kong Planning Department, about 47% of the land in Hong Kong lies above 100 mPD*. Almost half of Hong Kong therefore has to be built on uplands, resulting in what is commonly known as a multi-level urban design.
Chan Hong Yui Clement landscape photography phosmag hong kong

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Chan Hong Yui Clement landscape photography phosmag hong kong

© Chan Hong Yui Clement

Z-Axis aims at documenting the type of multi-level urban design that is shaped by the hilly and mountainous terrain in Hong Kong. Z-Axis, in mathematical terms, refers to the depth of an object in a three-dimensional coordinate system. Looking into the Hong Kong urban landscape along the Z-Axis, one can gain more understanding of how the topographical factor impacts Hong Kong people’s habitation and to what extent the land has been altered in an attempt to adapt to the natural environment.
* mPD refers to metres above Principal Datum, i.e. 1.23m below the mean sea level in Hong Kong
Chan Hong Yui Clement landscape photography phosmag hong kong

© Chan Hong Yui Clement

Chan Hong Yui Clement landscape photography phosmag hong kong

© Chan Hong Yui Clement

BIO

Chan Hong Yui Clement (b. 1992, Hong Kong) considers his art practice as image-making. With a focus on the visual and conceptual qualities embedded with photography, Chan constantly reflects on his understandings and interpretations of the medium, which gradually become the foundation of a large part of his practice. Through various means of image-making, Chan intends to reveal both the limitations and potentials that are inherent to the photographic language, resulting in image-based works that tend to be medium-specific and process-driven.

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Chan Hong Yui Clement