Au Tze Long sees photography as a sublimation from reality to spirituality. A graduate of the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, she was awarded a scholarship through the Julian Lee Asia One Photographic Awards in 2017. Her first photo-book Intosomnia was published in 2018, and in 2018–19 she held solo photography exhibitions in Hong Kong and Tainan, Taiwan. Au is also an indie singer in two bands - Carame/ and Artichoke Heart — her music interests are diverse, from dream pop to improvising ritual chant.Read More
Au Tze Long's intimate and deeply personal work moves between stories, dreams, ritual and reality. Whispering of life's inherent messiness and pain, they also communicate the bond between photographer and model - human to human. One of the friends that Au Tze Long photographed titled the 'Witch' series, the male and the female elements in this person are interchangeable and in this, lies the beauty of the photographs. This is part of Au's 'offering' to her models, a ritual by which to bare all but with the agreement to represent this vulnerability in a sensitive way. One of her series which will be on display is of SiuDing, the pioneer of body positivity in Hong Kong, who has been pushing the barriers through life drawing and exhibitions but primarily by giving her own body as vehicle to show that the body is beautiful and wonderful in all its variations. Another interesting series of Au's work is based on her dreams, titled Intosomnia. Here she sees the characters as 'just human bodies, flesh and pain' - sexuality is not the topic. Instead the unclothed bodies set in natural outdoor landscapes expose 'memories, feelings, the weaker self, the darkness and the inner child. It is said that nakedness in dreams translates to being helpless or anxious in the dreamers reality.'
Text courtesy Blue Lotus Gallery.