In the Mood for Love by Luke Casey 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.

Name:Luke Casey



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Tell us about the place you live:

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!

A perfect day?

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.

What is the best thing about your spot?

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.

What is the worst?

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.

What would be surprising about this place to an outsider?

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’.

If your city was a person or character who would it be?

I would say it’s Tony Leung from ‘In the Mood for Love’ except he is holding an i-pad now.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Daniel Arnold, Rob Chavasse, Martin Parr


Name:Luke Casey

City:Hong Kong

Favorite place to eat:

The wonton place on Water Street in Sai Ying Pun, so good!

Favorite place to drink:

Cafe Mido

Favorite shop:

The Chinese antique shop in Kwan Yick building phase two. The shop owner there (Stephen) is the nicest local guy you will ever meet in Hong Kong.

Local Tip:

People never really tip here, it isn’t expected, but if you offer a taxi driver a little bit extra you will make his day.

Must Do:

Drink a Hong Kong style Tea in Cafe Mido and then walk around Yau Ma Tei.