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Hong Kong, perhaps the most densely populated place in the world.
Even back in 1989 when I took most of these photos, the population of 5.6 mill was crammed into 1,100 km2. Yet despite the constant hustle & bustle, the teeming crowds, I subconsciously focused my lens on loners, dreamers, the homeless, those on the fringe of society…
At that time, « loneliness » didn’t really figure as one of my themes, it was only on taking a closer look at my archives a few years ago, that I discovered these photos with different eyes and preoccupations.
Survival, that's what these images evoke for me. Survival in whatever which way you can in a brave new world that you do not belong to. One woman admires a Spanish doll, the glamorous red dress and coiffed hair pulls her through her day. Another man sleeps through his, and another woman hangs out her clothes to dry on metal wiring that should serve another purpose. No matter though, the keep out wire only works when everyone shares the same societal icons. As viewers we also look out on the bay with its gaily-coloured boats and look to the horizon eager to place our eyes on the known, the unchanging Hong Kong. So, now looking back, I reflect on how we all survived it.
Thanks Brenda for theses Fotos of Hong-Kong, les visages, les lieux, les occupations…Hier soir je parlais de Xian Gan, et j'en sens à nouveau le parfum aujourd'hui avec tes images. Marvellous and memories !
The third photo takes me back to my childhood - the lady could be my grandmother. xxx
Great shots, Brenda! Thanks a lot for sharing them!
Stunning, cannot be indifferent.
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