Sam hosted a Photographic Exhibition with the aim of getting greater general public awareness of the Air Pollution issues in Hong Kong. The exhibition was held during September/October 2008 at the Fringe Club, Central, Hong Kong. Sam had asthma as a child, which had a massive effect on his health. By the age of 3 years, he had had his adenoids and tonsils removed and was on constant medication. Sam was living in Wanchai until the age of 7 then moved out to the New Territories at which point his health improved. In March 2008 via Art classes at school, Sam decided to produce work for a photographic exhibition. He saw other artists focused on political and environmental issues however did not see air pollution as a theme. Inspired by his health issues as a child, Sam decided to produce work highlighting the seriousness of air pollution in Hong Kong. The exhibition was held at the Fringe Club in September/October 2008. Sam received considerable publicity, particularly from the South China Morning Post and Time Out Magazine. He received support and promotion from the NGO, “Clear the Air” and also the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, who helped with the opening and running of the exhibition Sam’s philosophy is that people need to take action in their own lives. They need to take on an issue that may be controversial and be prepared to promote it. For him, it was a way in which to express his feelings through a medium he enjoyed and at the same time be able to highlight an environmental issue in Hong Kong that he had been directly affected by.
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