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Light of Cavemen

“Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light”


― Plato, The Allegory of the Cave[1]



In the Allegory of the Cave, Plato metaphor describes how the cavemen saw the shadow cast by the fire and think they have seen the truth.  Instead, the cavemen thought that those who lead them to find the light are using light to tend them into blindness.

Looking at the world through the camera’s viewfinder is like peering out from a small opening of a cave. Light of the Cavemen is a series of photos taken at night with multiple exposures. In these photos, an alternative reality is constructed by innumerable apartment windows. One detail in one of them is three pairs of red underwear hanging out a window—supposedly an attractor of good luck. To many people, to be a property owner is to realise a dream of future stability and lasting fortune. So the irony of this detail is that stability and wealth are actually not to be found in the property but in the hands of Fortune.


[1] Plato, The Allegory of the Cave

《洞穴人之光》是一系列於黑夜中拍攝的多重曝光作品。通過相機觀景器及鏡頭看出去,就如置身洞穴中從細小的洞口去看世界。作品以數不盡的公寓窗戶創造另一個現實—— 仔細看看,那窗戶懸掛着三條據說可帶來好運的紅色內褲。對許多人來說,擁有一所房子是為了未來的穩定和長久的幸福所夢寐以求的,然而,穩定和幸福原來不在建築物內,人們無止境的欲望還得依賴運氣來追求。

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