Sarah Pannell, a Melbourne-based freelance photographer, graduated from Australian RMIT University's BA Photography program with a major in Documentary Photography. Drawing inspirations from various cultures, Sarah took a closer look at Hong Kong’s quieter area, the New Territories.
When Sarah was a little girl, her aunt gave to her a souvenir calendars filled with glossy stock photos on the Hong Kong’s most glorious landmarks. After years, the artist got inspired by this precious keepsake and this is how The Territories, the photographic series presented below, was born.
Sarah had a chance to deeply explore the area, while her three annual visits to this alluring city. With the beautified pictures of Victoria Harbour, the seaside tourist towns of Stanley and Repulse Bay displayed in the calendars, she created project forming its contemporary reinterpretation. This resulted in luscious images presenting Hong Kong’s iconic views. As the artist says, the series “serves as a capsule view of the Chinese-held territory and offers an alternative view of Hong Kong and the distinct elements that separate it from mainland China”.