Stan & Ivy LAY

 
 
 

 

Stan [黎太來] and Ivy (nee KWOK) LAY [黎郭麗梅] were born in Wellington and Napier respectively. They have four children, 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. They have had fruit shops in Temuka, Greymouth and New Brighton and market gardens in Marshlands and Avoca Valley with Stan’s brothers (Wray and Alan) where they grew some of the best hot-house tomatoes in Christchurch at that time. Even today, Stan directs the growing of vegetables in the back yard of their home.

Our parents are very fortunate to have witnessed phenomenal technical advancement in their lifetime such as the development of steam power to electric cars, manually-operated telephone exchange to cellular network, gas stoves to induction cooking, air & space flight…landing a man on the moon, radio to television computers, hybrid plants, organ transplants, locally owned grocery & fruit shops taken over by supermarkets, phasing out of cash and recording on shellac discs to digital.

Stan has always had a keen interest in motor vehicles and horse racing and is very knowledgeable in these fields. Ivy always had a flair for sewing and knitting and has made many, many garments in her time. Both currently enjoy relaxing, reading, watching television and entertaining visitors.

 

Margaret NEWDICK

2018

 

Stan and Ivy LAY

Entering Stan [黎太來] and Ivy [黎郭麗梅] LAY’s home, I was captivated by a display of greetings that they received from friends and officials when they celebrated the 70th anniversary of their marriage on the 22nd September 2013. Among them are messages from Queen Elizabeth II and Governor General Rt Hon Sir Jerry MATEPARAE. In their nineties, Stan and Ivy spoke with a strong voice about their past. Stan once returned to Canton in 1926 at the age of four and lived there for 10 years. Ivy experienced the devastating earthquakes in Napier in 1931 and Christchurch in 2011. She was at school when the quake hit Napier and in bed during the Christchurch quake.

Stan and Ivy have brought up a daughter Margaret [黎悄霞] and three sons; Dennis [黎燕山], Gary [黎燕榮] and Jeffrey [黎燕華]. Before meeting the couple, I already knew from Margaret that there aren’t any objects of Ivy’s or her family’s that survive the two quakes for the photo session. Luckily, as always, there are family photographs that are valuable to the family.

Initially, I photographed Stan and Ivy’s portrait with them sitting back-to-back, facing at opposite directions to suggest that they have been supporting each other throughout their life. I was however, inspired by the Chinese saying “Husband and wife look” [夫妻相]. After a couple have been living together for a very long time they begin to look alike. As such, I have chosen a pose where they are hand-in-hand, alike in their facial features and their caring smiles.

To echo the portrait, I have chosen a collection of photographs that represent the different phases of their life. One could also note the transitions in the history of the family through the technological style of the photographs from sepia toned through black and white to hand-tinted colour then photographs printed from colour film.

 

King Tong HO

2018


 

黎太来和黎郭丽梅分别出生在威灵顿和Napier,他们共有四个子女、九个孙和九个曾孙。他们曾在 Temuka, Greymouth 和 New Brighton 开设蔬果店;曾在 Marshlands 有果园、与兄弟 Wray 和 Alan 共同拥有在 Avoca Valley 的果园;同时又在基督城种植最受欢迎的家植番茄;甚至今天、父亲仍在家的后园指导种植蔬菜。

父母幸运地在有生之年见証非凡的科技演进:包括由蒸气机发展至电动车、人手操作的电话演变至移动电话网络、煤气煮食炉至感应式烹调器、太空竞赛、人类登陆月球、收音机发展至电视电脑、杂交植物、器官移植、超级市场取代本地的蔬果店、现金逐渐被淘汰、数码取代黑胶唱片等。

父亲一向对汽车及赛马很感兴趣,这方面的知识也深。母亲则在缝纫和编织很有天分,她制作了很多衣服。两人皆爱阅读,享受闲暇、看电视及款待客人的生活方式。

黎悄霞

2018

 

 

黎太来和黎郭

踏入黎太来和黎郭梅的家,首先被列著的祝物品所吸引。它来自朋友及官方、庆贺在二零一三年九月二十二日婚七十周年念,内里包括来自伊利沙伯女皇二世和Rt Hon Sir Jerry MATEPARAE 言。九十多的黎太来和黎郭梅以雄亮的声音细说往事。黎太来在一九二六年、他四岁时、回到广州住了十年。黎郭梅曾经历两次灾性的地震,就是一九三一年在 Napier 和二零一一年在基督城的大地震。在 Napier 的那次、她在学校,而在基督城的一次、正在牀上睡。他育有女儿黎悄霞和三名儿子:黎燕山、黎燕荣和黎燕

会面前我已从黎悄霞得知、黎郭梅没有一些经历两次地震后而能幸存的家庭物件供我拍照。犹幸他保存有珍的家庭照片。最初我拍黎太来和黎郭出的姿是背靠着背、面朝相反的方向,以示他们这一生互相依靠。之后受到一句中国[夫妻相]所启,此意思是当一妇长久生活在一起后,渐渐地他便得很相像。于是我选择们摆另一姿的肖像,是他互相手着手、有着相似的容和关。拍的照片集,我拣选了代表他生活的各个段,来呼肖像照。从照片科技上的化:由棕色、黑白照、手工染色、及至彩色照片,可以看到一个家庭走程。

 

何经棠

2018


 

黎太和黎郭梅分出生在威靈頓Napier,他共有四子女、九個孫和九。他曾在 Temuka, GreymouthNew Brighton 開設蔬果店;曾在 Marshlands 有果兄弟 Wray Alan 共同有在 Avoca Valley 的果;同又在基督城植最受迎的家植番茄;甚至今天、父親仍在家的後導種植蔬菜。

父母幸地在有生之年見証非凡的科技演:包括由蒸氣機發展至電動車、人手操作的電話至流動電話網絡、煤煮食至感式烹調器、太空競賽、人月球、收音機發展至電視電腦交植物、器官移植、超取代本地的蔬果店、金逐被淘汰、數碼取代黑唱片等。

父親一向賽馬很感趣,方面的知也深。母親則在縫紉和編織很有天分,她作了很多衣服。人皆愛閲讀,享受暇、看電視及款待客人的生活方式。

 

黎悄霞

2018

 

黎太來和黎郭麗梅

踏入黎太來和黎郭麗梅的家,首先被陳列著的祝賀物品所吸引。它們來自朋友及官方、慶賀他們在二零一三年九月二十二日結婚七十週年紀念,內裏包括來自伊利沙伯女皇二世和總督Rt Hon Sir Jerry MATEPARAE 的賀言。九十多歲的黎太來和黎郭麗梅以雄亮的聲音細説往事。黎太來在一九二六年、他四歲時、回到廣州住了十年。黎郭麗梅曾經歷兩次災難性的地震,就是一九三一年在 Napier 和二零一一年在基督城的大地震。在 Napier 的那次、發生時她在學校,而在基督城的一次、則正在牀上睡覺。他們育有女兒黎悄霞和三名兒子:黎燕山、黎燕榮和黎燕華。

會面前我已從黎悄霞得知、黎郭麗梅沒有一些經歷兩次地震後而能幸存的家庭物件供我拍照。猶幸他們保存有珍貴的家庭照片。最初我拍攝黎太來和黎郭麗梅擺出的姿勢是背靠著背、面朝相反的方向,以顯示他們這一生互相依靠。之後受到一句中國慣用語[夫妻相]所啟發,此語意思是説當一對夫婦長久生活在一起後,漸漸地他們便長得很相像。於是我選擇了讓他們擺另一姿態的肖像,是他們互相手牽着手、有着相似的顏容和關愛笑臉。拍攝他們的照片集時,我揀選了代表他們生活的各個階段,來呼應肖像照。從照片科技上的變化:由棕色調、黑白照、手工染色、及至彩色照片,可以看到一個家庭走過的歷程。

 

何經棠

2018