“Double Gaze” is a self published photobook produced by Lau Chi Chung. Photography is the best medium for Lau to express his creativity. In this series “Double Gaze”, he spent years to explore and visit numbers of vanishing places in the city of Hong Kong and took photos of those abandoned portraits. This series could be read as gazing into the eyes of the subject from the old portrait or gazing into the period of time that the subject was once in. Gazing involves at least two parties engaging in a dialogue and it cannot be done by oneself. Lau hopes his work can reach out to more people in different ways other than exhibiting in numbers of galleries and art museums.
It may be impossible to hold an actual exhibition on everyday’s basis but presenting a photo book could be done in anytime anywhere. In order to expand the chance of reaching the audience with his work outside the exhibitions, Lau takes back the initiative by going to meet the audience himself in his own way. From designing, supervising the printing to publishing this photobook was all done by Lau himself. The next step was to promote the photobook on different social media sites by, again, himself. Lau would then invite the interested parties to meet him at different subway stations based on their time and location preference. Hong Kong is fast paced city where the public transportations are well developed. Hundreds of people responded to this ‘meet-the-artist-at-the-subway-station’ arrangement . This particular experience lets Lau and his work continue to reach people after the actual exhibitions. Furthermore, it also brings the artist closer to the audience by taking control on presenting the work in front of the audience in his own and personal way and have the audience participate in the dialogue.