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Published December 31, 2018

Exploring Hong Kong

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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


26a Hong Kong · Leica Q · f/7.1 · 1/100 · ISO 100


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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