From July 7 – July 9, Above Second in Hong Kong, is proud to co-present Untitled – an exhibition by three young fashion photographers. With a soft subculture vibe, these photo shoots boast a reciprocal confidence between photographer and model that works to decouple nudity and confidence. Scenes of glitter, chromatic bathtub water, and midnight refrigerator binging brings across a feeling of celebration and intimacy in everyday spaces.
Lauren Engel is a half-American half-Chinese photographer. She grew up in Hong Kong and has lived in New York, Sydney and Boston. Her travels have taken her to shoot in London, Switzerland, Australia and Los Angeles. Lauren’s work has been published in Vogue France, GQ France, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, C-Heads Magazine, Hypebeast, and Highsnobiety, to name a few. She currently spends her time photographing and interviewing for C-Heads Magazine where she has featured JoJo, Flume, A-Trak, G-Easy, Klingande, Alison Wonderland, Yung Lean and Skrillex’s Mija. One of her most memorable assignments was with Beats By Dre in Hong Kong where she shot Kendrick Lamar & Dr. Dre.
Nicoline Aagesen is fast becoming Hong Kong’s hottest photography property. With mentors such Hong Kong favourite Simon Birch, she is catching the eye of fashion and lifestyle magazines around the world. Nicoline moved to Hong Kong from Denmark as a model and dancer. She soon came to realise that her heart was behind the camera. Her idea behind MCMR is inspired by ‘my’ everyday lifestyle-people, music, film and experiences. Nicoline has provoked the public with her photos, with an equally strong urge for them gawk, giggle, create and inspire. Most of her work is based around friends and colleagues from the modeling and fashion industry. MCMR catches rare glimpses into the world of after parties, sexual tension and nakedness of the interesting and beautiful people that orbit around Nicoline and her camera. For this exhibition she will be examining raw naked beauty of the female body. Covering here subjects with glitter, paint and water to adhere to the rules set by the law and social media. Show casing its absurdity.
Mherck Dela Cruz is a HK-based fashion photographer from the Philippines. Graduating from the Fashion Institute of the Philippines, Mherck was trained under the guidance and mentorship of Rxandy Capinpin, a respected conceptual photographer. Mherck’s photography style can be described as raw and edgy. His work does not follow traditional styles and pushes the boundaries of imagination in terms of concept and composition. It provokes the mind and senses and breaks the moulds of what is rational to what is not. He looks to acclaimed Filipino photographer Doc Marlon Pecjo, known for his unique visual mastery, for inspiration.