LIVING IN A BOX

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Looking up dense living cubicles in North Point

 

Hong Kong has been associated with colourful junks plying up and down the harbour, bustling street life and fascinating density.
All these exotic (from a western point of view at least) images are lost. Density however is thriving. Vertical shopping malls are shoe-horned into Causeway Bay and Tsim Tsa Tsui, increasing density ever further and removing the human scale environment that was fascinating to observe. Residential super high-rise development replaces walk-up housing, pushing plot ratio and property prices sky high.This density of course is also a reality in people’s workplaces. Combined with the fact that people work long hours (not necessarily proportionate to efficiency) and like to dress their office cubicles like a Mong Kok alleyway, these cubicles are stuffed with 7-eleven toys and all other thinkable bric and brac. And finally, in a society where nothing is ever thrown away that might potentially be of use (aka make money), things pile up in these cubicles.

one of the beauty of photography is the exploration of unseen vantage points. Placing the camera above a cubicle looking down creates a new view into the living environment of a workspace, fenced off by partition walls or walls of paper. As many housings in Hong Kong, most cubicles have no natural light. The few that have often hide the world outside with walls of paper. That might be just as well since life in Hong Kong centers around the mobile phone and the spacious virtual world inside.

 

 

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