Mong Kok - Haves and Have-nots

Haves & Have-Nots (Sony DSC-RX100 1/80–f/4 28.18mm)

We travelled to Singapore and Hong Kong in 2013. It was a wonderful holiday that afforded me the opportunity to make many photographs! The above photo was made in the Langham Hotel, situated in MongKok on the Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong.

MongKok (which means ‘Busy Corner’) also happens to be one of the most densely populated areas in the world! After only short walks outside, we were glad to be back in our serene hotel for a break from the hustle and bustle. As much as I dislike heavy crowds, I also enjoy the unique opportunity to use a camera in such crowds.

We were sitting down to have breakfast in the hotel one morning. The rest of the family had gone to fill their plates, and as I glanced up I saw the scene in the photo above. I was  immediately struck by the contrast between the rich food inside and the backdrop of urban density outside.

Clothes on makeshift lines were flapping against dirty concrete walls. A mess of wires, poles and antennae decorated one part of the roof, threatening to go up in flames (a tangle I saw over and over again on other buildings). And if you look closely, you can see a black cat darting underneath the electrical contraptions.

Inside, we were eating our lavish food in ornate surroundings. Outside, people were struggling to survive in one room apartments in one of the most heavily crowded areas on the planet.


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