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My surreal life in Hong Kong | Tommy Fung

This week I got in touch with Tommy Fung - the man behind the popular Instagram account - SurrealHK. If you are in Hong Kong, be sure to visit his Exhibition at PMQ, 1-10 December 2017, 11:00AM - 20:00PM


Q: How did you get into what you do creatively?

A: I was born in Hong Kong but I used to live and work in Venezuela, since moving back to Hong Kong early this year, I had to start fresh. So the first thing I wanted to do is get to know Hong Kong again and find out what the photographers here are taking photos of, so that I can do something different.

As a photographer, I have tested and tried various types of editing and I have noticed that not many photographers in Hong Kong use this technique to express their feelings in a photo. So that is why I began to take this in mind but was concerned if people will like it? Thus I decided to create - SurrelHK

Q: You say that you started SurrealHK because you have noticed that Hong Kongers were unhappy, why do you think that?

A: Yes, since moving back to Hong Kong and trying to get used to the lifestyle myself, I have noticed that people are so busy, with pressure from work and their mindset is all about work. The news also, there's a lot of negativity and so I just wanted to create something encouraging for people, make them see my photos and laugh, be happy again. My works are focused on this direction.

Q: Where does your inspiration come from?

A: From daily life, my surroundings and films. You can see some of my work has a been highly inspired by Doctor Strange. I remember watching that film in the cinema and giving it a standing ovation it was that good! Other films like Harry potter, Inception, Game of Thrones and even Fast and Furious.

Q: On average, how long does it take you to make one of your photos?