Ethan Lo was born in Hong Kong and is a recent graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design majoring in photography.
Many of Ethan’s projects are long term and revolve around land use and human-altered landscapes; his hope is that the photographs can raise questions and bring environmental awareness to the world. In his most recent and ongoing project, Omission, Ethan uses a 4×5 camera to document the Tseung Kwan O area of Hong Kong.
Omission is the action of excluding or leaving out someone or something. The population of Tseung Kwan O is increasing, housing developments are blooming, transportation is more efficient as roads and highways expand and bridges are now connected to other cities. The government’s goal for the Tseung Kwan O Heritage Hiking Trail is to educate the public about the deep history of the area; at the end of the trail there is a Heritage Information Centre and Museum refurbished from a former police station. In 1996, Po Yin Temple rented the old police station from the government; nineteen years later they were forced to move out because of plans for the new Heritage Museum. During one of the protests, the owner of the temple set his arm on fire. Despite the long history, the government has chosen not to include the temple as part of the story of Tseung Kwan O.
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