Hong Kong – a metropolis of seven million people. Its coastline totals 870 kilometres, formed by 218 islands. Through the years, 16 islands have been lost to reclamation works and the erection of reservoirs. Shorelines of the yesteryears are only found in old photographs. In Wanchai alone, the coastline has undergone changes six times. Reclamation has also been relentless in both Central and West Kowloon. Vincent have always been fond of capturing things whose existence are under threat. In this case, he hope that the work would serve as scattered evidence of what the city once was. It is his wish that our decedents in years to come would still have means to find out about the past. He embarked on this project in 2003. Whenever free, he would spend time recording the coastlines in different parts of Hong Kong. The journey – likenening the one in “Alice in Wonderland” -- brought him to places from abandoned rocky shores to old ferry piers that have fallen into ruins. In some places, the shoreline simply serves as the backdrop to sleek high-risers. Each sight has left a unique impression on him. At times, it felt surreal as if he had disappeared off to outerspace. Other scenes reminded him of his favourite classical music – elaborate and decadent.
香港，一個有七百萬人的大都會，海岸線共長870公里，由218個島嶼組成。歷年，16個島嶼因填海或建水庫在海上失蹤，部分海岸線亦因工程正快速消失。 從香港沿岸的老照片，看見昔日的海岸線。百年來灣仔海岸線已改變了六次，中環不斷填海，西九龍亦然。大嶼山有全港最長的沙灘——長沙泳灘，正以驚人的速度消失。 2003年余偉建開始了這個拍攝計劃。但凡能抽時間，他便到香港不同角落去拍攝海岸線。這過程有如「愛麗絲夢遊仙境」，每趟旅程到不同地方去，有的石灘像蠻荒世界，有的碼頭破敗如古蹟，也有的海岸線上是龐大的屏風樓。不同的景象，給他很不一樣的感受︰超現實的時候，會以為自己跑到外星球去；懷舊的時候，像在聽古典樂曲，頹廢卻又華麗。 記錄即將消失的事物是余偉建的興趣，他希望以零碎的影像拼湊出城市殘存的意義，希望百年後的人們，仍能看到改變前的面貌。. 這個拍攝計劃將持續下去，這次展覧只是一個小結。