Hong Kong Stories of Resilience & Reinvention 香港人的逆境故事
It's been tough in HK for the past few years.
Since Covid, 90% of people without decent housing in HK are out of work or underemployed. Many of us have also felt uncertain, down and burnt out. So we're here to remind you of the bright side.
☀️ OPTicM!SM is a citizens' campaign to fundraise Covid relief for those without decent housing, and a humble effort to spread Optimism in HK, featuring art prints & NFTs by 📸 10 talented amateur photographers from diverse walks of life!
✨ All shots were taken since the pandemic & chosen by our fine art curator. We hope to bring you a dose of optimism through these mini stories of 💪 Resilience & 💡 Reinvention.
Featured Artwork 精選作品
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Pick from 90 high-quality art prints, for your home or gifting. Limited copies of each artwork!
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Nicholas Ip, PilotBrowse Nic artwork
After years as a pilot, Nic was suddenly grounded by Covid and found an outlet for reflection in street photography. In capturing poignant black & white shots of strangers in their daily lives, every shot he takes is a reminder of what we have in life to be grateful for.
Khristel Mae Alterado, Domestic HelperBrowse Khristel artwork
Khristel is Filipina and has worked in HK since 2011. During Covid and her own 19-day hospitalization, photography became a therapeutic outlet to heal, seek strength and inspire others to stay optimistic.
Miles Yuen, Social Innovation CoachBrowse Miles artwork
An award-winning photographer, Miles works at a youth center in Tuen Mun, where he’s seen how the community suffered, yet rallied to aid each other. It’s the humble grit & hidden glimmers of hope in our neighborhoods that he captures - a unique style that’s gained tens of thousands of followers.
Arlene Wong, F&B LeaderBrowse Arlene artwork
Arlene is a restaurant owner and liquor brand ambassador who advocates for female equality in the industry. After waves of restrictions, her new series is a reflection on strength & vulnerability, body image and mental health, as she expects her firstborn in July.
Kin Ho, Fitness TrainerBrowse Kin artwork
After years of gym disruptions, Kin saw firsthand how the fitness industry struggled, yet adapted and persevered. It’s this spirit that he captures, as he found an alternative livelihood in photography. Hong Kong’s enduring strength are his motivation and message to you.
Mabel Wong, RetireeBrowse Mabel artwork
Mabel retired from a career in HR and brings a new perspective on life. Her photo series features colorful moments in the everyday and in nature, reminding us to see the silver lining everywhere – that joy is a choice even when life seems to have changed forever.
Gordon Watson, CEOBrowse Gordon artwork
This CEO is also secretly an artist! Gordon has lived in Asia for 25 years. In and out of work, he’s passionate about advocating for mental health. Gordon took our theme as a challenge to shoot scenes of neighborhood resilience, iconic symbols of HK, and the beauty found in humble corners.
Christine Vicera, ResearcherBrowse Christine artwork
Christine is a Filipina-HKer writer, researcher at CUHK and indie filmmaker. Her work focuses on migration, race and diaspora in Asia, while her community project explores multicultural identities & connections. Christine asks: What remains constant in a world of chaos?
Justin Choi, StudentBrowse Justin artwork
After years of disrupted education, Justin has just graduated from secondary school. As part of a generation deeply affected by Covid, he will showcase shots during the pandemic of Hong Kongers finding ways to carry on, no matter what.
Martina Mok, Project ConvenorBrowse Martina artwork
Our very own convenor Martina is a social innovation partnerships builder who connects business & community to tackle social issues in new ways. As she explores a new chapter, this series - all taken in passing since 2020 - is a reflection on isolation & identity, quiet & clarity during turbulent times.