exclusive interview: cyril delettre & juan sea

As the French May exhibition showed an American point of vue on Paris, La Galerie invited for the French May closing Françoise Lautier, showing a French artist point of vue on Asia. This particular exhibit focuses on seeds and praying flags. For the artist, these two elements represent the best the feelings of Bhutan. “The Himalayas, valleys, rivers, monasteries and monks are all seeds growing in this high and rich country where Buddhism preserves a deep sense of respect and honor. From the cosmos and stars, the earth and trees, the stones and minerals, everything and everyone are part of a common whole”.

"Execution" directed by Cyril Delettre & Story by Marie-Florence Gros

Seeing different works shot with the same very simple camera we realize how different the photographs can be. Anybody can shoot with iPhone. What makes an artist work be an artwork? Even if each of us can do good photographs, why aren’t they artworks? This exhibition is questioning. The iPhone has this very specific advantage that nobody notices it, that you always carry it in your pocket, that it allows to catch any moment anytime.

/ cyril delettre, based in hong kong

Cyril studied cinema at ESEC - Paris and graduate in 1988. He did a reportage at the Festival de Cannes in 1989 that got publish in "Les Cahiers du Cinéma". After working on several movies he starts photography joining the agency Imapress in 1989 and the agency REA in 2002. Cyril Delettre handle photography and videography following always his 2 passions: subjects about society and artistic.

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Do you prefer taking photos of colours or black and white ?

I like both. But right now I am in a B&W mood. I like it because its dark, and the light comes from the dark. B&W is more about composition, feeling, out of the time.

Do you edit your photos ? If so, what applications?
With my iPhone I use Hipstamatic App. So there is no post production, I save time, there is always a surprise with the result, and I like that. To do my editing I use Aperture and Adobe Bridge. I edit my photos with Marie-Florence Gros because she has a very good eye, she knows my style, I need to convince her first. I need her to be able to tell a story.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years time ?
I would like to be recognized as a Hong Kong photographer. On top of that, I also hope to publish severals books with Marie-Florence Gros.

Any tips in taking a snapshot ?
Just do it ! Be fast !


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/ juan sea, based in taiwan

Juan Sea rides his favorit Brompton, shutting through the alleys of Taipei, lightweight steering wheel, came to a stop on that corner, he picked up the iPhone to picture urban body parts. His photographs, as he himself, with humor and look forward to the characteristics of human cognition.

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Do you prefer taking photos of colours or black and white ?
I like both, the theme will follow with the feeling to do the form of selection.

Do you edit your photos ? If so, what applications?
I will use filters, and I edit my work with Instagram.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time ?
In addition to taking photos, I do photography related with curatorial space business, also in the teaching. I believe in the next 5 years I will still be doing the same thing. Share faith in photography!

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Any tips in taking a snapshot ?
Constantly accumulates nutrients enhance the taste is important I their daily lives. (This contains very seriously, with appreciation of fine art, design, film, architecture and literature). These are good for photography. When walking in the street when they write with pleasant relaxing mood, walking slowly, very carful observation, but act fast! Try to catch every touching moment.

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8 Kwai Fong


The struggle is real when it comes to searching for a flat in Hong Kong, especially for expats or travellers who plan to stay for a few good months. This can mean spending a couple of nights/weeks browsing through Facebook expats' groups in a tiring search of a lovely suite. While most are only seeking for a 4-walled plain room, there are certainly also some who pursue more than that, say living in style (literally). These people's prayers have now finally been answered. 


Attributed to Adrian Cheng (Executive Vice-chairman of NWD)'s penchant of art & design, Eight Kwai Fong is not only the first project under the Artisanal Movement direction, but also a marriage of astute contemporary interior design and iconic artefacts which were handpicked by the design team from all around the globe. 

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Highlights of the artworks include Tapio Wirkkala’s Bolle Venin Series, Skultuna Sweden’s London Collection, Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen, local design firm Latitude 22N's handcrafted vases.  


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Amid the comprehensive art collection, the following three are my favourites. with Thomas Struth - Paradise 28 (photography) being the first one. Intrigued by Mayan culture and its intricate relations to nature, Struth ventured out to the tropical rainforests of Central America for the first time in 1982. Around 1996, Struth formulated a plan for the Paradise pictures, to the extent of already envisaging an installation with several works surrounding the viewer. 


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This Brionvega radiofonografo by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni is another of my favourite art piece. See the smiley face on it? Worry not if you do not have a CD. It has bluetooth function to connect with your iPhone or Android phones. Knowing that you may want to use it in parties, it has 4 built-in wheels for easy relocation.

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Last but not least, this oil on canvas work Eskimo by Chinese abstract artist Zhao Yang in the dining room is also one of my favourite artefacts. Zhao has long been interested in figuring out the real meaning of life. This explains why he resigned from being a senior editor to delve into the drawing career in a search of his identity and the purpose of his life. His first art exhibition in 2012 had already marked a phenomenal start of his art career - knowing that all the artworks were sold in seconds. Eskimo, created in 2014, reveals his conception towards to fundamental condition of human and needs. (This reminds me of Maslow's hierarchy of needs) I am greatly captivated by the sense of post-modern decadent embedded in his works. Plus, there's a open kitchen in the dinning room for private function opportunities


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The ground floor of Eight Kwai Fong houses two rooms (Collection Room & Hobby Room) as platforms for residents to mingle with creative minds and brainstorm new ideas while sipping coffee and reading art books. 


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Now, let's sneak into the room to see how it looks inside. Eight Kwai Fong consists of 156 contemporary furnished residences (52 studios, 104, one-bedroom apartments) across 31 stories. Every apartment enjoys a private balcony, HDTV and Blu-ray disc player, desigher kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, Dornbracht bathroom fixtures with rain shower, free Wi-Fi and free local phone calls.


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On top of the courtyard and a garden, there are also 24-hour Fitness and Laundry to cater to residents' needs. Still in a thirst of more personal services? A 24-hour Elite Service is also available for residents, assisting you from fine dining bookings to in-house catering. 


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You can also download the Eight Kwai Fong mobile app that has been tailored to inform and engage residents of upcoming events and promotions.


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While laying a focus on its interior design and art collection, 8 Kwai Fong has thoughtfully included green areas for city dwellers to get into touch with nature in such a concrete jungle as Hong Kong. I can already picture myself doing Yoga with my friends here on a sunny Sunday while sipping Rose. Feel free to tag along!

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This is the breath-taking view from its rooftop overlooking the Hong Kong island and Happy Valley. While Hong Kong is packaging itself to an artistically-vibrant city with international art events and fairs (Art Basel, Affordable Art Fair, you name it), Eight Kwai Fong has set a good example in bringing the idea of living in style in reality. The service apartment is set to open August 2015. To view, contact tel: 2929 1228 or email: enquiries@8KF.com.hk.

officially graduating from university



Can't believe 3 years actually went by so fast that I am in fact officially graduating from university - The University of Hong Kong. That being said, I am finally done with sleepless nights churning out papers, reading and downloading journal articles, struggling whether to go for the 9:30am classes, you name it. These 3 years have shaped my thinking and changed me for better on different aspects. Thank you for everything. 

old shanghai

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人生頭一回到上海去,選了在外灘三號的 Jean Georges 一邊吃飯,一邊看黃浦江的景色。Intervals 時侍應還送來 complimentary 的 amuse-bouches。閒談間 maitre 偷偷告訴我原來當晚有超過四十位廚師上班,由是我忽然想起《Ratatouille》,不禁會心微笑。我的心水之選包括 Scallops with Carmelized Cauliflower and Raisin Emulsion、Prawns with Eggplant and Basil Oil 和 Chicken crusted with Asparagus and Lemon sauce。

walking around penang





Just casually walking around Penang, good weather, nothing better than this.

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A mosque in Penang, Malaysia.