Open to members and non members. No need to book. Drinks 6.30 pm. Lecture starts 7.30 pm. HK$100 for members and HK$150 for others.
In this lecture local resident Edward Stokes discusses whether Hong Kong is merely an urban economic phenomenon or whether its superb natural setting rivals the surroundings of almost any other metropolis. This illustrated talk offers one photographer’s definitive answer with some of the most stunning landscape photographs taken near any city in the world.
Edward Stokes crisscrossed Hong Kong’s wild places from 1993 onwards, to complete a series of books. The most recent is Hong Kong Nature Landscapes, a retrospective of his strongest and most famous images. In this talk, amidst personal memories of taking the images, he explores the nearest and most remote parts of Hong Kong’s natural domains.
Mr Stokes feeling for wild places and his love of photography shine through the breathtaking landscape panoramas and nature details. In the lecture he explores the local countryside’s most memorable regions: Hong Kong Island; the Northeastern New Territories; Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden; the Outlying Islands; and the Wilson Trail. He reflects on each region’s history, geology and ecology and he comments on some issues that continue to trouble the local countryside.
Edward Stokes hails from Australia and was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. He came to Hong Kong in 1993 to work on projects about the natural landscape. He is now a wellknown photographer and writer. He established the Hong Kong Conservation Photography Foundation in 1997 to raise environmental and conservation awareness in Hong Kong. His first book was Hong Kong's Wild Places, a highly regarded, evocative portrayal of the evolution of the natural landscape, describing the interplay between ‘man and land’. His other books each explored a different part of the territory. He is Founder Director of The Photographic Heritage Foundation, a notforprofit publisher that focuses on heritage and nature publications. He is also the author of Hong Kong As It Was. Mr. Stokes has lectured worldwide, including to the RGS in London; he has also appeared regularly in many other media.