MA Documentary Photography Graduate Derek Man was born and raised in Hong Kong before moving to the UK along at the age of 17. Derek graduated from the Documentary Photography Masters course in 2016 and was straight away commissioned by Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool to make work in his home city of Hong Kong. Close to Home was exhibited as part of the LOOK/17 Liverpool International Photography Festival in April 2017.
Derek explains the project: "Close to Home looks at the housing market in Hong Kong, exploring the lives of those caught in the struggle between the human need for shelter and the commercial need for growth – a situation that resonates worldwide. It can also be seen as a record of how rapidly the city landscape is changing from the perspective of an expatriate who has lived in the UK for 12 years.”