An Exhibition of Photographs by Basil Pao
Hong Kong, 13 March, 2017 – From 21 March to 1 April 2017, Being Water, an exhibition of photographs by the renowned Hong Kong-based photographer Basil Pao, will be presented at The Long Gallery of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. The exhibition will provide viewers with an opportunity to discover for themselves the Taoist philosophy behind this collection of ‘Water’ themed images.
The idea for ‘Being Water’, originated from Chapter 8 of the Tao Te Ching (道德經), in which Lao’zi (老子) advised the reader to emulate the spirit and moral characteristics embodied by Water:
“The Highest Good is like Water
For Water is benevolent, it gives life to ten thousand creations without strive
It flows to lowliest places the masses despise, in accordance with the Way…
Dwells on Benign land
Feels profound stillness in the Abyss of the Heart
Engages other beings with Gentle Kindness
Stays True to its Word
Rules with Just Authority
Conducts Affairs with Skillful Efficiency
And Initiates Timely Action when Movement is required
And when the Truly Good will not quarrel
No one will find fault with him.”
The collection of photographs in the exhibition are selected from three of Pao’s earlier books, including: Yi’Jing - Book of Changes | The Great Walls of China series; OM | Ordinary Moments; Blazing Shadows | A World of Black & Light; and from his latest series Light Flight, an exhibition of which was first shown at the HKMM in May 2016.