Kasper Forest, is a curious Hong Kong photographer who started becoming obsessed with this medium since 2011, and got taken by street photography in 2016. In that year he started a documentary called #ConflictHongKong, for which he captures the minorities living in the city.
Kasper creates the #ConflictHongKong Project to express the many dilemmas face by the modern Hong Kong society. He was born in the city during the 80’s. One of the dilemmas he often experiences in the city is that people adopt identity as Hong Kongers, refused to be called Chinese. Even though that everybody is ethnically Chinese after all. Such contradiction demonstrates a sense of confusion and anxiety about the future.
Kasper would like to use the camera to record such type of oxymorons he finds within the city. For example, Hong Kong being one of the wealthiest cities in Asia, yet there are many homeless people on the street. Even though the city claims to be a modern metropolis, there are serious discrimination against homosexuality and ethnic minorities. He utilizes these marginalised people as the topic of his artistic creation. He wants to use photography as a mean to capture such “dark” and yet important topics within the city.
As a photographer, the most regrettable thing in life is to have missed the opportunity to capture precious moments. Without any means of recording, such precious moments could be gone forever. Currently there are many things in Hong Kong disappearing quickly, such as culture, community, artefacts, and the less fortunate in society - which to him will inevitably be affected in the coming years due to the current political landscape.
He creates his photography project in order to capture the key themes in the lives of expatriates, ethnic minorities, people in the bottom of the social ladder, marginalised artists, transsexuals, and travellers. Such that he can demonstrate the real situation of Hong Kong to the world. Capturing those elements in the city, lead him to start another project #ImmediateSexuality for which he captures the LGBT movement within Hong Kong.
Since #ConflictHongKong, Kasper now ONLY shoots film photography. He uses a combination of cameras and films, with a favourite being IlfordXP2 with Rollei PreGo90, as according to him it is fast, easy and strong. In conjunction with the theme of capturing the “darkness” within the city and its people, Kasper uses high contrasts on his black and white photos. At the same time, due to Kasper’s affinity for the Baroque artist, Caravaggio, he also uses intensely contrasts between very bright lights and extreme dark shadows in his work.
－ Dali International Photography Exhibition Jul 2017
－ Featured Artist at Bamboo Scenes 2018
－ #Immediate Sextuality Exhibition on CultureFest Oct 2018