Kasper Forest出生於香港，從事媒體創作。2011接觸攝影藝術，2016開始以黑白菲林展開街頭攝影的探索之旅，以十年專題項目《窄路相逢》(#ConflictHongKong)去記錄市城裡被忽略的重要細節。 其他重要攝影項目包括:《金童玉女》(The Ghost City )、Immediate Sexuality等。Kasper於2019第三屆新藝潮博覽會中贏得「新藝潮國際藝術家金獎」，才華備受肯定。
● 大理國際攝影節 2017(雲南)
● Featured Artist at Bamboo Scenes 2018 (香港)
● #Immediate Sextuality Exhibition on CultureFest Oct 2018(香港)
● 立梵藝博會 2019 (深圳)
● 2019第三屆新藝潮博覽會 (香港)
● Head On Photo Festival 2020(澳洲)
● +VE/-VE Exhibition 2020 (香港)
● Silent Cities - International Group Exhibition 2020 (羅馬)
攝影專題項目《窄路相逢》Conflict Hong Kong 【創作主旨】
攝影師Kasper Forest開始用相機拍下這個城市的矛盾面。香港是亞洲是最富有的城市之一，可是大家對風餐露宿無家可歸的人視若無睹;我們自稱為國際都會;可是這裡的同性戀社群受盡歧視;除了本地人還有很多不同國家的文化，組成我們身處的這個城市。因此，Kasper開始把這些被邊緣化的題材放進我的藝術創作之中。「攝影應該不只是純粹美的紀錄，Dark side的捕捉更為重要!」
作為一個攝影師，人生最悔恨的事情，就是了錯過拍照的機會，該東西隨之而永遠消失。香港有很多文化、社群、工藝、建築正在急速消失。Conflict Hong Kong這專題攝影 ，專注捕捉在香港生活的外國人、少數族裔、低下階層、被邊緣化的藝術工作者、變性人、環游世界的過客旅人等。試圖告諸世界，這城市的真實一面。從拍攝的對象所啓發，開展了名為#ImmediateSexuality的另一專題，以記錄不同性向人士的美學及內心世界。
因滿足街頭攝影所需之敏捷度及穩定性，Kasper大部份的作品以Iford底片及輕便的 Rollei相機為主要的拍攝器材。另外，整個企劃用了強烈的黑白/明暗對比法 (chiaroscuro)作為美術上的視覺基礎，突顯城市與人的陰暗面。Kasper解釋這是從他喜愛的巴洛克畫家Caravaggio所啓發，讓更多的空間陷入陰影或看不透的黑暗中。人物形象不是部分被吞沒、就是局部暴露於光照之中，讓作品與主題意義更加接近。
Kasper Forest, is a curious Hong Kong photographer who started becoming obsessed with this medium since 2011, and got taken by street photography in 2016. In the same year he started a 10 years documentary - ConflictHongKong, for which he captures the minorities living in the city. This series was award winner of - ArtNext International Artists Gold Award 2019.
Kasper creates the #ConflictHongKong Project to express the many dilemmas faces by the modern Hong Kong society. He was born in the city during the 80’s. One of the dilemmas he often experiences in the city is that people adopt identity as Hong Kongers, they believe the city is the only place they belong to, the only nation they born from. Kasper believes searching identity can always be a core issue for a colony city like Hong Kong. Such contradiction demonstrates a sense of confusion and anxiety about the future.
Kasper would like to use the camera to record such type of oxymorons he finds within the city. For example, Hong Kong being one of the wealthiest cities in Asia, yet there are many homeless people on the street. Even though the city claims to be a modern metropolis, there are serious discrimination against homosexuality and ethnic minorities. He utilizes these marginalised people as the topic of his artistic creation. He wants to use photography as a mean to capture such “dark” and yet important topics within the city.
As a photographer, the most regrettable thing in life is to have missed the opportunity to capture precious moments. Without any means of recording, such precious moments could be gone forever. Currently there are many things in Hong Kong disappearing quickly, such as culture, community, artefacts, and the less fortunate in society - which to him will inevitably be affected in the coming years due to the current political landscape.
He creates his photography project in order to capture the key themes in the lives of expatriates, ethnic minorities, people in the bottom of the social ladder, marginalised artists, transsexuals, and travellers. Such that he can demonstrate the REAL situation of Hong Kong to the world. Capturing those elements in the city, lead him to start another project #ImmediateSexuality for which he captures the LGBT movement within Hong Kong.
Since #ConflictHongKong, Kasper now ONLY shoots film photography. In conjunction with the theme of capturing the “darkness” within the city and its people, Kasper uses high contrasts on his black and white photos. At the same time, due to Kasper’s affinity for the Baroque artist, Caravaggio, he also uses intensely contrasts between very bright lights and extreme dark shadows in his work.
- Dali International Photography Exhibition 2017 (CHINA)
- Featured Artist at Bamboo Scenes, 2018-2020 (Hong Kong)
- CultureFest 2018 -Group Exhibition “Immediate Sextuality”(Hong Kong) - Leevan Art Fair 2019 (Shenzhen)
- Art Next Expo 2019(Hong Kong)
- Art Next Expo - International Artists Gold Award
-“Embracing Conflicts and Minorities in Photography” (Hong Kong)
(Co-Presented Opera Gallery HK and HKAGA) -SE Gallery Solo Exhibition (Shenzhen) -Wonder FOTO 2020 (Taipei)
-Head On Photo Festival 2020 (Sydney)
Facebook: @Conflict HongKong -Photography Instangram: @Conflict_HongKong
圖片、文字由 Kasper Forest 提供。