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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.


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