Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.
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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