Catkaling

 

Fellow, Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, ARPS (Pictorial), ARPS (Creative); MEd (Distinction), HKU; MA, CityU, PCEd (Distinction), HKU; BA (First-Class Hons), CUHK

Catkaling is a straight-A student. With her solid literary and philosophical background, she is capable of visualizing and materializing poetic beauty in her works. She has a special way with both photography and the written word. Poetry suffuses her images, and her words paint vivid pictures. Together, they blend into something wondrously new and evocative. The originality of her work has been recognised both locally and internationally with prizes and grants.

Venture into the unknown, well-prepared ....

2008   Mt Kinabalu (4093m), Malaysia (the highest in Southeast Asia)

2009   Everest Base Camp (5200m), Tibet

2009   Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m), Tanzania (the highest in Africa)

2010   Ice-climbing at Seoraksan (雪岳山), South Korea

2010   Mt Elbrus (5642m), Russia (the highest in Europe)

2011   Lenin Peak (6000m reached), Kyrgyzstan

Despite her fragile body framework, Catkaling has conquered Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest in Africa, and Mt Elbrus, the highest in Europe.  The same courage drives her to venture into the realm of creative photography. With her adventurous and never-give-up spirit, she is able to come up with, time and again, unique and innovative photo-taking techniques.  With her imaginative power from Mars, she has created time and again unique images unimaginable in the human mind. 

Since 2013, Catkaling has kept experimenting with her original camera techniques.  Her extraordinary one-shot bubble images display concrete images with a multitude of textures, colours and brushstrokes.  Her amazing fireworks photos  were taken using a great variety of focus-ring techniques and self-invented filters.  Her continuous high-speed animal pics were weaved into mesmerising  mandala-like universes.  Her frozen flowers become winning landscape photos with sculptures of AIR created by the natural laws of freezing.  With secret recipes of exposure settings, she is able to capture confidently butterfly-in-flight pictures. 

This is why she has not only won awards in both local and international contests, but also been invited to give talks in various occasions and venues about Creative Photography.

A Writer and Photo Poet:

2011  A Cup of Chinese Wisdom  (Hong Kong:  Bonham Media)

2015  Bubble Instants (Hong Kong: Asia One)

After the publication of her photo-poetry books, A Cup of Chinese Wisdom and Bubble Instants, Catkaling has earned herself the reputation of a photo poet. 

 

In A Cup of Chinese Wisdom, through simple words, poetic lines and refreshing photos, Catkaling bridges traditional Chinese philosophy with the contemporary realities of our daily lives.  This book has won her a $23000-grant from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2011.

 

Her photo book featuring the photo poem, Bubble Instants, has won her the title of Second Runner-Up in the Hong Kong Photo Book Award 2014, and Honourable Mentions in the International Photo Book Awards 2016 in the United States.  This series was recommended by the Royal Photographic in Britain for the Associateship Distinction.  As many as 48 “Bubble Instants” photos were honorably selected into the 2015 Salons of Trierenberg, Austria.  This book is also prestigiously recognized by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, which awarded the author a generous grant of $23700.

Mt Kilimanjaro(5895m), Tanzania 2009

Mt Kilimanjaro(5895m), Tanzania 2009

the highest in Africa

Mt Kilimanjaro(5895m), Tanzania 2009

Mt Kilimanjaro(5895m), Tanzania 2009

the highest in Africa

Mt Kilimanjaro(5895m), Tanzania 2009

Mt Kilimanjaro(5895m), Tanzania 2009

the highest in Africa

Mt Kilimanjaro(5895m), Tanzania 2009

Mt Kilimanjaro(5895m), Tanzania 2009

the highest in Africa

Mt Kilimanjaro(5895m), Tanzania 2009

Mt Kilimanjaro(5895m), Tanzania 2009

the highest in Africa

Yangshuo 2009

Yangshuo 2009

a rock-climbing trip

Yangshuo 2009

Yangshuo 2009

a rock-climbing trip

Seoraksan 雪岳山, South Korea 2010

Seoraksan 雪岳山, South Korea 2010

an ice-climbing trip

Garaebi, South Korea 2010

Garaebi, South Korea 2010

an ice-climbing trip

Garaebi, South Korea 2010

Garaebi, South Korea 2010

an ice-climbing trip

Seoraksan 雪岳山, South Korea

Seoraksan 雪岳山, South Korea

an ice-climbing trip

Mt Elbrus(5642m), Russia 2010

Mt Elbrus(5642m), Russia 2010

the highest in Europe

Mt Elbrus(5642m), Russia 2010

Mt Elbrus(5642m), Russia 2010

the highest in Europe

Mt Elbrus(5642m), Russia 2010

Mt Elbrus(5642m), Russia 2010

the highest in Europe

Lenin Peak, Kyrgyzstan 2011

Lenin Peak, Kyrgyzstan 2011

Lenin Peak, Kyrgyzstan 2011

Lenin Peak, Kyrgyzstan 2011

Lenin Peak, Kyrgyzstan 2011

Lenin Peak, Kyrgyzstan 2011

Singing Dune, Kazakhstan 2012

Singing Dune, Kazakhstan 2012

Singing Dune, Kazakhstan 2012

Singing Dune, Kazakhstan 2012

Hong Kong 2017

Hong Kong 2017

Hong Kong 2017

Hong Kong 2017

Hong Kong 2017

Hong Kong 2017

Hong Kong 2017

Hong Kong 2017

Hong Kong 2018

Hong Kong 2018

Hong Kong 2018

Hong Kong 2018

Olympus Tough TG-1/ TG-2 / TG-3