More than 60 per cent of Hong Kong’s residents live in apartments such as these and, with a total of almost 8,000, it leads the world in the number of high rise buildings. Plans for Hong Kong to build the Bionic Tower, a 300-story eco-friendly vertical city designed to house 100,000 people, have been put on hold.
Hong Kong – Photo Tip

When breaking the rules can make you a better photographer

Photo by Ton Koene

Hong Kong – Photo Tip When breaking the rules can make you a better photographer

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Ton Koene
Ton Koene Travel Photographer

Arriving on Hong Kong Island, I was blown away by the number and scale of the tall buildings all around. I never felt so small and insignificant. The planners of this city have written a symphony in concrete but it is far from pretty and cozy. However, it is probably the most effective way to stack seven million people onto such a tiny space. In that respect, they have succeeded.

When I photograph a city I don’t automatically go for the tourist attractions but look for what’s typical instead, which is why I decided to spend time inside Hong Kong’s urban forest. However, it turned out to be very frustrating as so much is private land and I was not allowed to take pictures anywhere, not even outside.

When I saw this solitary girl sitting on the roof, faced by an inhuman wall of buildings, I realized this shot would say it all. I took my camera from underneath my coat and snapped a few frames but, sure enough, not one but two uniformed men came out of nowhere and sent me packing, saying: “Sir, you have to leave, you are illegal.”

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Standing in the business and government district of Central, The Center, on the right of this picture, is the fifth tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong at 346 meters high with 73 stories. Its lights, which form a Christmas tree in season, are part of the skyline’s nightly Symphony of Lights which is the largest permanent light and sound show in the world. Photo by Ton Koene

Ton Koene

Ton Koene

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Aperture
ƒ/6.3
Exposure
1/250
ISO
250
Focal
24 mm

Standing in the business and government district of Central, The Center, on the right of this picture, is the fifth tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong at 346 meters high with 73 stories. Its lights, which form a Christmas tree in season, are part of the skyline’s nightly Symphony of Lights which is the largest permanent light and sound show in the world.

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