Exploring Hong Kong

December 31, 2018

Hong Kong is a perplexing, remarkable city. It’s the chaotic amalgamation of extremes: British colonialism and Chinese culture, dense uninhabited jungle and tightly packed skyscrapers, old-world values and modern technology. There’s an unending energy that envelops the city and keeps it right on the precipice between order and utter disarray.

In cities like Paris and Tokyo, I’m an observer. The city is the host organism allowing me to travel within it, but always reminding me in small ways that I’m alien. In Hong Kong, I was immediately accepted. I traveled its streets, trains, hills, and escalators, never once feeling like I didn’t belong.

Hong Kong hasn’t tried to distill its identity into a clear image but instead accepted that their identity is full of contradictions and gray areas.

It’s like the surface of the earth. Layer upon layer of cultural sediment has built up. In some neighborhoods, I could only see the newest layer: international chain stores, imported cars, foreign tourists. In others, artifacts spanning a century of history live side by side like the layers of rock on a seaside cliff. That juxtaposition of old and new was most evident in Kowloon, where decades-old neon signs still survive alongside brighter, cheaper, factory-made LED signs.

Hong Kong is hands down my favorite city to walk through and photograph. The photos that follow capture my perspective of Hong Kong on a few days in May 2018.


Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/16 · 1/60 · ISO 2500



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/4 · 1/15 · ISO 100



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/16 · 1/60 · ISO 800



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/1.7 · 1/1000 · ISO 100



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/16 · 1/60 · ISO 250



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/7.1 · 1/60 · ISO 100



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/2 · 1/125 · ISO 100



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/16 · 1/15 · ISO 250



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/16 · 1/8 · ISO 100



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/9 · 1/60 · ISO 1000



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/16 · 1/60 · ISO 2000



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/16 · 1/5 · ISO 100



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/9 · 1/60 · ISO 160



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/7.1 · 1/60 · ISO 400



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/6.3 · 1/80 · ISO 100



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/5 · 1/60 · ISO 2500



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/1.7 · 1/100 · ISO 100



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/10 · 1/60 · ISO 1600



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/16 · 1/60 · ISO 250



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/2.5 · 1/60 · ISO 1250



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/11 · 1/60 · ISO 10000



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/3.2 · 1/60 · ISO 2000



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/16 · 1/4 · ISO 250



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/1.7 · 1/200 · ISO 100



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/3.2 · 1/60 · ISO 4000



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/7.1 · 1/100 · ISO 100



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/16 · 1/60 · ISO 800



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/5 · 1/640 · ISO 100



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/3.5 · 1/60 · ISO 640



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/11 · 1/60 · ISO 1250



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/5.6 · 1/800 · ISO 100



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/16 · 1/60 · ISO 100



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/9 · 1/60 · ISO 500



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/6.3 · 1/60 · ISO 320



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/10 · 1/60 · ISO 320



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/16 · 1/80 · ISO 100



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/1.7 · 1/320 · ISO 100



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/7.1 · 1/60 · ISO 640



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/2.8 · 1/80 · ISO 100



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/16 · 1/60 · ISO 6400



Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/8 · 5 · ISO 100