Untitled, Kowloon, Hong Kong by Winter 2007 Hot Shot Ka-Man Tse
Currently residing in: Brooklyn, NY
My photographs are about a desire to see, to touch without touching. I am a photographer because I am a hoarder. I am a cowardly collector of faces, sights seen without cameras, murmurs in the hallway, children's logic, things unsaid, lists and maths found on the pavement. Some of my favorite things are sights and not objects; sights seen for the low-fidelity breaking of a heart, a kind of could-have-been, something born to be a memory of loss. So I gaze without manners, turn my head once more, and squeeze my eyes lest the image fall out.
My work explores common themes of home, childhood, memory, desire, loss, and place. Growing up, I had wanted to see my birthplace, the Hong Kong in my parents' photographs. I began to photograph in Hong Kong in 2004, starting at the location of departure, the decommissioned Kai Tak Airport, and progressing into other spaces of wonder.
Ka-Man Tse is the creative director of NYC-based dirtypop Magazine. Her work has been published in Hyphen Magazine, Time Out New York and by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has exhibited at the Fifth Avenue Committee in Brooklyn and currently serves as the Assistant to the Director of Photography at the JCC in Manhattan and as a Teaching Assistant at the International Center for Photography. She lives in Brooklyn, and shoots in NYC and Hong Kong.