Here’s a high school campus that would make any kid want to go to school every day. The Island School in Hong Kong isn’t like your typical high school building. There are no boring walls, no low ceilings, and no prison-like bars for windows. Instead, the 28,000 square meter facility uses flexible classroom spaces and […]
Back in the 90s, Hong Kong had a vibrant group of conceptually oriented artists producing still very contemporary work. One of them was Ho Siu-Kee who focused on the exploration of his own senses and bodily perception. Coming from a culture of Buddhist monks, he studied their austere attitude towards their own bodies and gestures […]
The next time you complain about how cramped your apartment is, have a thought for high-rise dwellers in Hong Kong. Captured by German photographer Michael Wolf, it’s hard to imagine that photo shop wasn’t used on these images, but it’s true: ‘Wolf crops the sky and land out of his shot to create a natural […]
Hong Kong-based sculptor Johnson Cheung-shing Tsang impresses with work like Conversation, Who Did It?, and A Painful Pot, just to mention a few of his stunning creations. Over the past few years he has specialized in artworks made of ceramics and stainless steel. His work usually combines two elements: the human being and an object, […]
Notorious for drugs and crime, Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City was once thought to be the most densely populated place in the world. Over 50,000 people were crammed into 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, which made for intolerably unsanitary conditions and anarchic political turmoil. Photographers Greg Girard and Ian Lambot spend five years living in the […]
If you’ve never had the desire to travel to Hong Kong, you will after you watch this video. Highlighting the grandeur of the city, this glamorous video reveals a side of Hong Kong that isn’t normally seen. The beautiful time-lapse technique really captures the personality and allure of the city.
I feel a bit like Alice walking into Wonderland. This new retail space all glass, huge sculpture, and black and white floors. Designed by Italian architect Fabio Novembre, Hit Gallery in Hong Kong brings the retail experience to a new realm of surrealism. The shop is meant to communicate the Italian fashion and lifestyle. This design elevates shopping […]
Not sure how the WTF License Plates – Hong Kong group on Facebook started, but it’s there, and its 113-strong members are sharing priceless snapshots of license plates that make them go ‘WTF’. Our favourite plate of the lot? It says ‘LOST’.
Hong Kong from Dusk Till Dawn is a portrait of the city at night. Imagine wandering the streets during it’s darkest hours. Imagine walking through Kowloon, from Shek Kip Mei to Tsim Sha Tsui. Imagine the lifestyles that only exist in the city between midnight and dawn. The series is an ongoing project by photographer […]
These photographs of Hong Kong cubicle apartments are a disturbing combination of vertigo and claustrophobia. According to the SoCO, about 100,000 people in Hong Kong live in one of these 40-square-foot apartments, dividing their lives into small, contained areas. Taken from a bird’s-eye-view, these revealing photographs give us Westerners a little more reason to be […]
I created these images in camera with film, as a way to translate the experience of living in Hong Kong. When you have 7 million people residing within the space of 426 sq miles, the only place to build is up. By layering light onto film, the process mimics the methods of how this hyper-modern metropolis of architecture is constructed.
Thomas Lee is a photo-journalist based in Hong Kong who gives a compassionate glimpse of everyday people from a unique viewpoint. I first met Lee at school, where he was one of the few classmates who really had an artistic eye, and he’s been pushing the boundaries ever since I met him.
Hong Kong might be the perfect city to have superheroes, with one skyscraper after another practically rubbing against one another. Spiderman would have no issues with mobility around the city. Chow Kar Hoo takes this idea to an extreme by putting well-known heroes in extremely mundane situations around the city. Hellboy sits down for some hotpot; while Wolverine slices cutlets at the butcher shop. Hong Kong is already a strange mix of East and West. Throw in superheroes and they fit right in.
I had a stroke of good luck recently when I stumbled upon Mystery Science Theater 3000 in Hong Kong, of all places. It’s an American TV series that takes the mickey out of b-grade films. Wikipedia probably says it best: ‘The series features a man and his robot sidekicks who are trapped on a space […]
Hong Kong-based artist, Tsang Kin Wah, creates intricate textures and flowery patterns composed of words. Foul words and obscene materials are regular features in his works. Despite the nature of his subjects, his work manages to preserve its beauty and elegance. I particularly like his color schemes, similar to those of Chinese ceramics.