I came across Forrest on my Instagram suggestions during a time when I was strung in between giving up on the notion of staying in Boston and moving home to Hong Kong. Packing up four years into boxes was tedious at best. The last thing I wanted to think about was work– either trying to convince someone to hire me, or making work as an artist. I had no energy or motivation for either.
But I read his profile. He’s a Chattanooga-native who just moved to Hong Kong to join the Hong Kong Ballet as a corps dancer. What the heck. Will he do a shoot with me? Why am I thinking of photography right now?
But he did! Couple months later balancing shoot prep and crazy work schedules, we spent a Sunday afternoon at the Forsgate Conservatory. The families visiting the conservatory wove around and got to see a HK Ballet dancer in action. It was incredibly refreshing to create work again, and Forrest was so fun and easy to work with. Not to mention, this is my first foray into dance photography from my usual documentation, portrait, and microscopy work. I don’t think I have had a shoot like this in terms of collaborating with my subject.
This series is on one level, a product of a lot of experimentation and conversations between Forrest and I. But Conversations is also a visual conversation of the human figure and form with the surrounding flora and light, and a conversation about the role of dance and art in the wider context of Hong Kong.