I began writing about and photographing my neighborhood in and around the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter as a way to share what I feel is a unique part of Hong Kong. Along the way, I've discovered that other parts of Hong Kong have their own character that also call out to be noticed.
My office is in Mong Kong, Kowloon. I work in an ultra modern towering office building, 50 floors above the streets. What struck me early as I began my Hong Kong experience is the difference in my view of my surroundings between working the day almost above the clouds, and the daily journey of traveling home to a village-like floating community across the Hong Kong Harbour and on the far side of Hong Kong Island.
I've written about my feelings making this journey in The Kowloon Kommutin' Sampan Blues
My view from the streets of Mong Kok
The Streets of Mong Kok, the most densely populated place on earth, are a Blade Runner's world away from the view seen from the splendid isolation of the Tower. Here the colors and the details, the variety and the exoticness (to me, at least), draw you in for a closer look, a what-will-happen-next anticipation.
(continued in Part 2)