Malcolm WONG

 
 
 
 

 

My maternal grandfather CHANG Chung Chong [全忠] came out from Tup Gong village [塔崗], Canton in 1904 and my grandfather WONG Git Way [黄結維] left Saa Tou village [沙頭] in 1920. Both paid the poll tax of £100. Mum Jessie WONG Chung Quan Gun [黃陳群根] came from a family of nine siblings and she is now the eldest surviving member of her family at 98 years of age. Money was very scarce when they were growing up. Mum was born in Feilding and Dad, Frank Bor WONG [黄海波], came out in 1936 just before the Japanese invasion. I am glad he made it out. The family has been involved with Dunedin fruit shops all their lives.

Without a doubt, the cleverest thing I have done was to marry Nicola and be blessed with two wonderful girls Georgia [黄雲錦] and Eleanor [黄珍錦].

As a youngster I never played with my toys like some other boys may have, having played with them I would carefully pack them away in their boxes. Perhaps it was my parents’ concern to look after things and make them last longer that also rubbed off on me. When KT asked me if I still had any old toys I found some in the garage which I had kept. The girls still played with the tenpin bowling game when they were little. It’s around 50 years old and my mother would be pleased to know it has been recycled by another generation.

 

Malcolm WONG

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malcolm WONG

Before I came to visit him, Malcolm WONG [黃君權], chairperson of the Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust, told me he only had some family photographs for me to photograph. On the day, we talked about the contents of the photographs and when he showed me his portrait as a child, I was attracted to his own smile. You would easily recognise that he is the same person in the smiling photograph. I am pleased that I posed the portrait of him holding his own photograph with two smiling moments, the past and the present.

At the time, he showed me the toys he has kept for decades. I felt that he was a child in raptures about his treasures. When taking the photograph of Malcolm’s toys and family photographs, I waited for the sun to shine through the cloud to project the shadow of the bowler of the bowling game toy on the piano. Among the surrounding photographs, the one of his grandfather WONG Git Way [黄結維], who arrived in New Zealand in 1920, led the way.

Without light, there is no shadow. Light and shadow are an inseparable pair. Light shines and shadow radiates, bouncing between them are the charismatic memories of the family. Breathing life into things celebrates who we are.

 

King Tong HO

2018


 

外祖父陈全忠一九零四年从中国广州的塔岗村来到西兰,而祖父黄结维则在一九二零年来自沙头村,两人皆付了一百英镑的人头税。外祖父共有九个子女,母亲黄陈群根今年九十八岁,是在世子女中年纪最长的,她们在艰苦的岁月中成长。母亲在 Fielding 出生,而父亲黄海波于一九三六年、在日本侵华之前离开中国,我真庆幸他能到来。他们都在但尼丁从事蔬果店。

毫无疑问、与 Nicola 结婚是我最明智的决定,更感恩有两个优秀的女儿黄云锦和黄珍锦。年少时我不会像其他男孩般玩玩具,因为玩完后我会小心地把玩具放回包装盒内, 或许这是受父母保管物件方式的影响,使之更为耐用。当 KT 问及时,我便想起存放在车库的一些儿时玩具,保龄球游戏已保存了五十年, 两个女儿年幼时也曾玩过, 想必母亲会因玩具能留传给下一代而高兴。

 

黄君权

2018

 

 

 

黄君权

探访之前,但尼丁中国花园基金会主席黄君权告诉我他只有几张家庭成员的照片供我拍摄。见面当天,我们谈及照片内容,其中他儿时肖像的笑容吸引了我,亦很容易辨认出他就是笑脸照片中人。我请他拿着自己的照片拍肖像,两张笑脸,往日和今天。他又拿出保留了数十年的玩具,可感受到他对珍藏品的喜爱。当拍摄黄君权的玩具和家庭照时,我等待捕捉阳光穿透云层、把玩具保龄球游戏滚球者的影子投射在钢琴上的一刻。围在一起的照片中,那在一九二零年来到新西兰的祖父黄结维,领着一家人的路。

缺了光,就没有影,光与影是不可分开的一对,光照耀而影散焕,蹦跳在其中的是一个充满魅力的家庭回忆,透过物件,呼吸着生命、庆贺著当下。

 

何经棠

2018


 

外祖父全忠一九零四年國廣州的塔西,而祖父黃結維則在一九二零年自沙村,人皆付了一百英的人頭稅。外祖父共有九子女,母黃陳群根今年九十八,是在世子女中年的,她苦的月中成。母 Fielding 出生,而父黄海波於一九三六年、在日本侵之前離開,我真幸他能到。他都在但尼丁事蔬果店。

Nicola 婚是我最明智的定,更感恩有兩個優秀的女黄雲錦黄珍錦。年少我不像其他男孩般玩玩具,因爲玩完後我小心地把玩具放回包, 或許這是受父母保管物件方式的影響,使之更為耐用。KT ,我便想起存放在車庫的一些兒時玩具,保遊戲已保存了五十年, 兩個年幼也曾玩過, 想必母親會因玩具能留傳給下一代而高

 

黃君權

2018

 

 

 

 

黃君權

探訪之前,但尼丁中國花園基金會主席黃君權告訴我他只有幾張家庭成員的照片供我拍攝。見面當天,我們談及照片內容,其中他兒時肖像的笑容吸引了我,亦很容易辨認出他就是笑臉照片中人。我請他拿著自己的照片拍肖像,兩張笑臉,往日和今天。他又拿出保留了數十年的玩具,可感受到他對珍藏品的喜愛。當拍攝黃君權的玩具和家庭照時,我等待捕捉陽光穿透雲層、把玩具「保齡球遊戲」滾球者的影子投射在鋼琴上的一刻。圍在一起的照片中,那在一九二零年來到紐西蘭的祖父黃結維,領着一家人的路。

缺了光,就沒有影,光與影是不可分開的一對,光照耀而影散煥,蹦跳在其中的是一個充滿魅力的家庭回憶,透過物件,呼吸著生命、慶賀著當下。

 

何經棠

2018