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.

 

Photo Story : Haves & Have-Nots
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13 thoughts on “Photo Story : Haves & Have-Nots

  • March 23, 2015 at 1:34 am
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    Love it. Contrast beyond words

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    • March 23, 2015 at 2:14 am
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      Thank you @karin 🙂

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    • March 23, 2015 at 1:56 pm
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      It was certainly one of those moments @karin . Sometimes, a scene just strikes you.

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  • January 14, 2015 at 10:59 pm
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    That’s life, I’d say… Sad… but true.

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    • January 15, 2015 at 4:14 am
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      Yep. Sad but true indeed. Even my most optimistic side cannot fathom how our natures could be any other way.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 7:15 pm
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    Hi Steve

    I love this and what a lovely story you have to share. I thought about you today and then saw you on my blog and wanted to come over to say hi and see what’s up with you! I hope you have a lovely evening and 2015 celebration!

    Blessing to you in 2015! (✿◠‿◠✿)MichelleMarie Hi

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    • January 1, 2015 at 12:39 am
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      Thank you MM 🙂 And a Happy New Year to you too. May 2015 be bright and thoughtful!

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  • December 30, 2014 at 4:29 pm
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    Excellent capture, the contrasts perfectly framed. The story well writte, a fine example of your work and talents.

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    • December 31, 2014 at 2:24 am
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      Thanks Stuart 🙂 I really appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 9:28 pm
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    powerful contrast! Your post is well said!!

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    • December 29, 2014 at 1:36 am
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      Thank you 🙂

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  • December 28, 2014 at 5:39 pm
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    no one on the street? That’s unusual, isn’t it? last time I was in HK, I saw people everywhere 😉 Helen

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    • December 29, 2014 at 1:37 am
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      Oh, there were lots of people on the street. This photo was made a few floors up from street level though, which is why you see no people in it. I love Hong Kong. Would be very eager to go back there.

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