The Asian Male Project
The images that are showcased here are but a few of the many photographs that were taken for The Asian Male Project, which began as an investigation or study of photographing body forms in hopes of emulating the work of Herb Ritts. This was in 1999. My first subjects were friends Nelson and Hans, a couple that goes to the same gym where I worked out. It was done in a shared workspace called Meli-Melo with two friends Betty Cheung and Wilson Chik. The images of Nelson and Hans was met with rumours that were not so flattering, but it sent out a message to people that Asian men could be seen as objects of sensuality and beauty. I continued collecting more images from friends and their friends, and soon enough, I published my first book ‘The Asian Male – 1.AM’. Shortly thereafter, in 2007, I published my second book The Asian Male – 2.AM. There was certainly a hunger and thirst for such images. The images are not meant to be conceptual, painful, nor glamourized. They are far more simple in its intention. Conceptualisation for me was not important to me; it was more the aesthetic of accepting myself and my own ethnic beauty. You see, before I arrived in Hong Kong, I was not attracted to Asian men. Hong Kong was cathartic in exposing my own desire for love and attention through the beauty of the guys I met. Asians men could be beautiful; so then could I.