Continuing my photo essay of Hong Kong, I will be choosing to reflect on some key highlights from a photographer’s perspective, and why I felt led to capture a particular frame on film. I am using Flickr to upload a select bundle, which you can find here at: www.flickr.com/photos/indescribablelove (select Hong Kong from the Albums tab).

This photo is taken from Kowloon side facing Hong Kong island. The skyline of Hong Kong is an incredible view. For those familiar with the old Hong Kong skyline will probably still recognise some of the original buildings. I have three favourite buildings along the Hong Kong skyline: IFC Tower 2, the Bank of China Tower building, and the Jardine House (the small white building with circular windows). Seemingly, late in the evening each day at 8pm, the Hong Kong skyline lights up and there is a beautiful display of lights and music that features 40 buildings along Victoria Harbour on Hong Kong side. The best vantage point to view the lights and listen to the music is along the Avenue of Stars on Kowloon side. The multimedia display is known as “A Symphony of Lights” and unfortunately I haven’t ventured late into the night to experience it myself, but I have read up on it. The famous Star Ferry commutes from the Hong Kong pier to Kowloon (and back) in less than 10 minutes flat.

This funny looking building is one of many stunning landmarks on Kowloon side, also known as Tsim Sha Tsui (which means South Kowloon). The featured building is actually the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, which hosts concerts and performance artists from around the world including your traditional Chinese Opera. It is home to the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. The HK Cultural Centre is the equivalent to the Sydney Opera House. They even offer free tickets to concerts that feature uprising stars from local universities… just don’t expect a free ticket to see Lang Lang.

Next to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre is the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Opposite of the HK Museum of Art is what you see here, which is actually the Hong Kong Space Museum. The white dome beyond the streets lamps is actually a planetarium, where the seats are reclined like sun chairs on a beach, as you gaze towards the ceiling that projects a 360 degrees exhibition video. Sometimes it’s an excuse to sit in and chill from the sheer heatwave outside. Museums in Hong Kong are free on Wednesdays, and as a result it can be mobbed of school kids, but at least they get to learn cultural things at neighbouring museums throughout the year. I remember the days of my childhood and we went to museums once in a blue moon, and our museums in Glasgow are mostly free.

That particular day was extremely hot, I think my face melted off. I was keen to capture the shot of the never ending change and radical growth of Hong Kong. Even though this shot is taken from Kowloon side, Hong Kong is still advancing and growing at an exponential rate. I can understand why people want to work in Hong Kong, because there are many job opportunities that pay well… but it makes you think, how far can Hong Kong grow?

Another photo of a junction, this time on Kowloon side. I love how Hong Kong is full of billboards and exaggerated signs that try to capture your attention for your business and wallet. It’s also encouraging to see that even the smallest of businesses in Hong Kong can thrive and survive among the big players in the business. The Western equivalence to a scene similar to the one I captured here is perhaps New York Times Square with the gigantic LCD screens and neon lights on Broadway. I have a better shot of this example, which I will try to remember to add to the photo essay.

~Richard