The Hong Kong Medical Association Photographic Society 5th Anniversary
|The HKMAPS 5th Anniversary Members' Exhibition ~ Dr Amy Pang, Chairperson|
The idea of showing off our members' photographic works was formed about 1 year ago and was raised during committee meeting.
This was strongly supported by the HKMA council, our President Dr. TSE Hung Hing, Vice-President and Chairman of the Recreational and Cultural Committee, Dr. CHOW Pak Chin.
An Exhibition Organizing Committee was formed, including Dr. Ivan Mak, Dr. KWAN Wing Ho, Dr. WOO Chi Wai, Dr. Matthew KAM, Dr. James LUK, Dr. John HUNG and Dr. Jenny HUI.
Once "go ahead" was given, we surged ahead with intense planning about 6 months ago.
Booking of venue was fraught with difficulties as many exhibitions happen all the time (Who says HK is a cultural desert?) However, we insisted on using the Foyer of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre as our venue. This is one of the most sought after locations in HK, with high thoroughfare.
The rules of the exhibition needed to be determined. Much debate on the format, such as number of exhibitors, number of photos per exhibitor, etc. occurred. Ultimately the number of photos was limited by the size of venue. We decided to have 80 photos, with one for each person. This was decided so that as many members as possible could participate.
Sourcing photo printer and framer as well as printer for the photo album then took place.
Advertising to members and persuasion efforts to entice more participation was much less difficult then we thought. Many submissions came in from enthusiastic doctors and other members.
The four weeks prior to D-day saw a hive of intense activity. Supervision of printing quality of photos and the album came under the purview of Dr Amy PANG.
Our most efficient HKMA staff led by Mrs. Yvonne LEUNG and Ms. Nadia HO, went about organizing the advertising, notifying members as well as contacting media.
Invitation of opening ceremony guests of honour took place 3 months ago, in anticipation of the heavy schedule for such individuals.
Many late night work meetings by Committee ensued, ironing out of all details. In addition to the usual members, several ex-officio members dropped in from time to time and gave much valuable inputs and support. Dr. CHEUNG Hon Ming and Dr. David LAM were amongst these.
There was much support received in the form of sponsorships and compliments from individuals and groups. For these we are most humbly grateful.
Day 1 ( 19 April ) - D-Day
Day 1 went by relatively uneventfully. The physical setting up of exhibits was close to perfect. Many visitors came, and we received many greetings and bouquets, including from prestigious photographic societies in HK and overseas. Many individual participants also received greetings. This venue began to resemble a mini Botanical Gardens.
Day 2 ( 20 April ) - Opening Ceremony Day
The Guests of Honour were spot on punctual and the speeches were well received.
Notable signatories officiated the ceremony. This included 米繼紅處長 (中聯辦宣傳文體部副巡視員兼處長), Mr. LUO Zhi Yi, Director, Coordination Department, Liaison Office, the Hon. MA Fung Kwok SBS JP, Legislative Council Member (Sports, Performing Arts, Culture and Publication), Dr. Louis NG Chi Wa, Assistant Director (Heritage & Museums), Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Mr. NG Lin Sing MH, (香港中華攝影學會永遠名譽會長), Dr. Leo WONG Kwai Kuen BBS, Honorary Advisor of the HKMAPS, Dr. TSE Hung Hing, Dr. CHOW Pak Chin, Dr. CHOI Kin, President, Vice-President and Immediate Past President respectively of HKMA, and Dr. Amy PANG, Chairman of the HKMAPS.
Being a Saturday there were many invited guests and casual visitors. Amongst them were many who are prominent in the fields of medicine, culture, art and photography.
Our committee members happily mingled with the crowd and proudly showed off our members works.
Dr. KO Wing Man BBS JP, Secretary for Food and Health, took time off his incredibly busy schedule to support us and he studied all 80 photos in detail.
Day 3 ( 21 April )- The Closing
Many more visitors and guests passed through during the day and some stayed on till the very end at 9 pm.
Our committee members congregated at the venue one last time late in the evening to help with closing the exhibition.
We were at once proud and sad as this fine event came to an end.
......not so fast , dear friends,….
We will continue showing these photos in an exhibition tour of many hospitals till the end of year. This includes main hospitals of the HA clusters throughout HK as well as private hospital. Many other hospitals were enthusiastic but alas, time constraints did not allow us to include all of them this year.
This joint effort combining private and public sector doctors showing their work in a tour which includes public and private sector hospitals is thought to be a historic innovation in all 93 years of HKMA and probably never before in HK.
Photos credit to:
|Now, Voyager! ~ Dr. WOO Chi Wai, Publication Chairman|
It was 10:50 p.m. at the Cultural Centre Exhibition Foyer. Most souls had left. All was quiet. Peace and a subtle kind of nocturnal beauty filled the air all round. The dimmed lights on the ceiling above were like a galaxy of sleepy eyes, still trying to focus on members of the HKMAPS Committee and the Secretariat down below, who were waiting for transportation of the exhibits to their next stop in destiny. For a couple of hours, these zealous people had been so busy with the dismantling, systematizing, and packing. All the hard work in the preceding months of preparation and in conducting the Grand Exhibition itself came to this heavenly moment of joy and satisfaction.
THE MAIN EVENT
The Opening Ceremony went with not just a bang but very many bangs. The popping of balloons indeed brought good fortune as real fire-crackers would. The ceremony drew a huge crowd, in which one could find so many familiar faces.
In those three days of the exhibition, friends and colleagues met. Old friendships were rekindled and new ones founded. People from all walks of life, and visitors of all colours and creeds came and went. Kind words of admiration and praise were spontaneous and frequent. Laughter and conversations were heartily shared. The exhibition became a medium full of magic. That magic was from the inner feelings of harmony and fraternity, and from the elegance of our members' art expressed by photography, which means the writing with light.
At 11 p.m. the working group finally departed from the foyer with the door closed behind them. The fresh night air was sparsely sprinkled with the fine raindrops of spring. The last shipment of exhibits was brought to the van for going to the Prince of Wales Hospital. The On-tour Exhibition began!
|Hong Kong Medical Association Photographic Society 5th Anniversary On-tour Exhibition ~ Dr. KWAN Wing Ho, On-tour Exhibition Chairman|
After finishing the highly successful grand exhibition in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on 21 April 2013, we started the on-tour exhibition in the public and private hospitals. There are 68 photographs in the on-tour exhibition.
Prince of Wales Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Hospital