Eight well-crafted photographs bring out the symmetrical patterns that reshape the way we see Hong Kong. Together, they provide an arresting take on a city which is at once urban and natural, commercial and cultural, and leads us to wonder – where are all these places? In the 20th Anniversary year, this artistic approach shows how far Hong Kong has come, and also how much it has remained the same.
Glass rectangles elicit a sense of space in dense Central district, where one can imagine skyscrapers merging with the clouds. High-rise commercial buildings look down like sentinels over bustling streets filled with professionals, high-end shoppers and visitors, all forming a human tapestry.
Fish ponds in the northwestern New Territories create a shimmering patchwork, and are a living reminder of the days when early settlers cultivated rice paddies on fertile flood plains. The pond farms are a geographic peculiarity given Hong Kong’s hilly terrain; yet, they have endured and provide about 2 per cent of the freshwater fish eaten in the city.
The play of light and shadow on a sunny day accentuates the design of this Central Pier. The pier’s open structure maximises natural ventilation and views of Victoria Harbour, making it a popular sight-seeing location as well as a convenient embarkation point for pleasure craft.
Shaped like a nautilus shell, the spiral supports of park benches and canopies at Tsuen Wan Riviera Park frame the distant residential landscape at child’s height, a perspective easily missed by adults.
Sailing boats and pleasure craft form a maritime matrix atop the idyllic waters of Hebe Haven in Sai Kung. The bay, also known as Pak Sha Wan, is a popular mooring harbor and also home to yacht clubs, boatyards and businesses linked to boating and fishing.
Symmetry, stark lines and sunshine define the courtyard at PMQ. The heritage site in Aberdeen Street had its beginnings as Central School, the first government school providing western education to upper primary and secondary students. Later renamed Queen’s College, it was rebuilt into what Hong Kong residents now remember as the Former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters, before undergoing yet another transformation to produce this current platform for creative industries.
Orbs of brightly coloured lanterns dapple the night sky in front of the pop-up West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre, beckoning passers-by to relish the authentic Cantonese opera experience within. The traditional set-up melds two art forms special to Hong Kong – bamboo construction methods and the local opera culture with its elaborate stories, sets and costumes.
These hexagonal rock formations - some as tall as 30 metres - are a highlight feature of the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. These towering columns in the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region were formed about 140 million years ago and provide a natural contrast to the towering concrete structures in nearby urban areas.