These photographs describe an imagined situation in which I am writing a letter to my mother who lives in Hong Kong. As I start writing in Chinese, the English subtitles appear:
Like the thousand miles that come between us,
Clouds of high hopes may hide one's sunny nature;
While youthful passions and dreams
Fade for the tired traveller,
They may ignite forgotten longings,
And make short the waiting years."
The subtitles include phrases traditionally used in Chinese letter writing. Some objects photographed suggest occasions such as a Chinese wedding or a tea ritual. Some are constructs of child-like fantasy. Some point to the making of the drama or the photographic event itself.