In the Mood for Love in Hong Kong
I never planned to live in Hong Kong. I arrived here one day and haven’t left yet. Its been a year and a half now. The photos I submitted are actually a small handful from this series. I prefer to let the viewer make of them what they will, but in general I think the series attempts to seek still moments amongst the chaos of the city. I carry a nikon FM2 with me which is a film camera and I shoot whatever I find that interests me here.
Hong Kong is noisy, crowded, sometimes a little suffocating, but extremely photogenic. Very international. It can also be surprisingly peaceful, if you walk out of the city towards the peak of the island and suddenly you are surrounded by trees and nature. I would say it is also a place that offers those who live here a lot of opportunities, especially right now. But it wont be my home forever, the road calls!
Walking around town with my camera with no place to be and shooting a roll of film. Also relaxing on the beach with my girlfriend during the week when everyone else is at work. Bliss.
The opportunities here are amazing as I said, I have been busy working on what I love and was invited to do my first ever solo exhibition at Time and Space Gallery. So the city is very kind to those who wash up on its shores.
It is hectic. Also creatively sometimes a little lacking in comparison to other big cities like London, Berlin, Tokyo etc. Although there are definitely some really interesting people here doing a lot of work helping the art scene to grow into something new and exciting. Michael Leung of Hong Kong Honey is the man for this.
How dense it is. The building are tall narrow and everywhere. There is a shortage of space because the island is so small so everything goes up. It is quite impressive when you see it for the first time. There are also lots of really nice cafes and shops that haven’t really changed since the 60’s and 70’s. It often feels like you are walking through a scene from Wong Kar Wai’s ‘In the Mood for Love’.
I would say it’s Tony Leung from ‘In the Mood for Love’ except he is holding an i-pad now.