十年又十年。變了樣的，又豈止膠卷底下的香港？說來很可笑。2010 年我辭去第一份記者工作，老細送我一堆過期菲林，話當餞行，「由跑新聞到依家儲落，都唔知過咗期幾耐，可能都有十幾年⋯⋯」當時不以為意。今日拿着一部 Minox 刻意想逃離城市，影吓山，影吓水，咔嚓了一筒，妄想跨越那道牆，用風景麻醉⋯⋯不要傻啦，過期的豈止有菲林，還有你眼前的香港、那些山山水水啊。「有什麼不在牆的裡頭？」老大哥說。
Ten years went by, followed with another ten. Hong Kong, among many other things, has changed tremendously. Funnily enough, my boss gave me a whole bunch of expired films as a momento when I quit my first reporter job back in 2010. “I started to collect these films since the beginning of my career. I don’t even know when these films expired. Maybe more than ten years ago…” I didn’t give much thought about what he said at that time. Yet today, as I try desperately to climb over those walls hoping to escape from the city and find comfort and relief in capturing the mountain and the sea with my Minox camera, I finally realized, it’s not only the films that have expired, so did Hong Kong. How silly I am, I reckon. “Everything is behind those walls, no?” The Big Brother said.
Funnily enough. I don’t even know when those films expired. Maybe in 1997 or 1998?