Memories of Mong Kok

So, here’re some memories of Mong Kok.

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They were trying to create a better community.

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The streets announced their will.

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The exhibits were playful: this looked like an umbrella carousel.

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There were thoughtful moments like this at Mong Kok.

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There were hard hats with a tough message.

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There was a clear intention.

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There was energy.

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There were tents.

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There were floating umbrellas.

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Pretty umbrellas.

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The streets belonged to its people.

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The signs and umbrellas were there.

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There were ominous moments.

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The graduates were there.

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They were preparing for an eventuality.

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Yellow and blue went well together.

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There were selfie moments.

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He told me to take a picture and share it.

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Goodbye tents, goodbye Occupy Mong Kok.

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lens: Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Oreston 50mm f 1.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winding Down?

There’s definitely a sense that things are winding down at two of the three Occupy sites.

There’re fewer tents now at Mong Kok.

I’m focusing more on the objects this time – how do you photograph tents and people that are not there?

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At Admiralty, the tents are still holding forth, and the art works are still looking robust.

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Causeway Bay is a bit quiet these days, though there’re still people who would pause to read the messages.

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Thanks for reading.

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lens: Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Lydith 30mm f 3.5

Occupy: Mong Kok, Admiralty and Causeway Bay

So – I managed to go to all three sites on the same afternoon.

At Mong Kok.

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People are still smiling.

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Mannequins are still standing.

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Though there’s a sense that this might be over soon…

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I’ll never look at umbrellas the same way again.

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Umbrellas and street culture are now intertwined.

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Lots of artists have emerged.

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Every person an umbrella.

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We are all umbrellas.

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No violence, please.

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The hope of a generation is here.

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I’m ambivalent when it comes to the police.

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The police stands for law and order.

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I respect the police, but what happens when the law privileges a particular social order that is in question?

Over at Admiralty.

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An umbrella community.

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We’re all waiting and watching.

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We see the organic growth of a community.

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A community that stands for something.

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An artful and thoughtful community is emerging.

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Though it’s all eggs against a brick wall.

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Vigilance.

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Constant vigilance.

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A poem by Gu Cheng entitled “A Generation”: Dark night has given me dark eyes, but I’m using them to look for brightness.

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These are students of history and poetry.

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I see students like this on campus every day.

I teach them poetry and creative writing.

They’re somewhat goofy, always respectful, and many do have a strange fondness for Doraemon soft toys.

They bring these soft toys along with them for pictures on graduation day.

Now they’re a force of social change, graduating with honours.

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It’s not just the students, of course.

The carpenters show up to be carpenters.

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It is already done.

Even if the barricades are cleared and all have gone home, Occupy Central would be that powerful idea that will be always ever present.

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The rest is just documentation.

Occupy Central is already set in memory, in photographs, social media, in newspaper and government reports.

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The skeleton of the umbrella is strong.

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There are no wasted bodies on the streets.

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They know what they want.

At Causeway Bay.

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The Hong Kong people.

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The small business owners.

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The umbrella is looking somewhat tattered but the sentiment is strong.

Rough translation: the work is hard but keep going.

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In the end, history will decide.

 

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lenses: SMC Takumar 24mm f 3.5, Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Oreston 50mm f 1.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mong Kok Afternoon

The umbrella is looking a bit battered today, against the big advertising capitalist billboard.

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Nonetheless, it’s still standing.

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I’ve seen him at it so many times, hard at work.

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Rough translation: let’s raise the umbrellas together.

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The exhibits are looking somewhat battered. Let’s hope this is not a sign of things to come.

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There’re still umbrellas on the ground.

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People are still waiting.

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People are still looking and thinking.

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Praying.

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Is the British Consulate supporting this, or is the British Consulate to be occupied next?

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Translation: protect the students, protect the journalists.

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The makeshift library is still operating.

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There’re even resting stations for those needing a break.

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A balloon exhibit.

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The tents are still here.

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A soft toy with a tough message.

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A mannequin manning the barricades.

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Look at that awesome camera!

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The mannequins are still waiting.

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The tents are waiting.

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The police, too, is waiting. What is the endgame here? Does anyone know?

 

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lens: SMC Takumar 24mm f 3.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admiralty Again

Again I find myself walking around Admiralty.

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There are messages I’d like to read again and again.

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An expression of people’s will.

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A bicycle – I wasn’t sure if that’s an exhibit or simply a bicycle.

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That’s an exhibit for sure – I saw this same car on campus at CUHK the other day.

“Jan Po Suen” is the Cantonese pronunciation for true universal suffrage.

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George Orwell. Has it really come to this?

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Very creative.

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Translation: unity is strength.

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Pretty brollies…

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Colourful.

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The number of hours that must have been spent making these.

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But the medium is the message, I’d think.

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Meaning all of these are so fragile and vulnerable.

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Not unlike the will of a people.

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There’re obstacles.

That’s the People’s Liberation Army Forces Hong Kong Building – a very visible ominous reminder.

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Would a people’s determination be enough?

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History, we know, will sort out the villains and the heroes.

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They’ve even got a map, in case a visitor is lost.

Thanks for reading!

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lens: Vivitar 24mm F 2.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mong Kok at Night

This is what night looks like in Mong Kok.

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Needless to say, there’re many people here who’re simply walking about, looking at the exhibits.

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They’re fascinating.

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I’ve come to think of this place as a temporary museum of sorts.

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There’s no shortage of onlookers.

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And it sets us thinking.

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About what it would take before people take to the streets.

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People are waiting.

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People are reading.

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People are living a life.

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Elegance is an attitude.

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Attitude.

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Attitude.

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Ever ready attitude.

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Rough translation: No one knows when we’ll arrive at the destination of democracy, or even if there will be such a day; but today, if we’re able to take a step, we’ll take that step.

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A beautiful umbrella – one of many.

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There’re always reminders of how this might end.

Thanks for reading!

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lens: Vivitar 24mm f 2.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Street Colours at Admiralty

Do you hear the people sing?

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Singing the song of angry men?

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It is the music of the people

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Who will not be slaves again

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When the beating of your heart

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Echoes the beating of the drums

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There is a life about to start

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When tomorrow comes.

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Do you hear the people sing?

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Singing the song of angry men?

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It is the music of the people

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Who will not be slaves again

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When the beating of your heart

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Echoes the beating of the drums

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There’s a life about to start

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When tomorrow comes.

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Do you hear the people sing?

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Singing the song of angry men?

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It is the music of the people

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Who will not be slaves again

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When the beating of your heart

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Echoes the beating of the drums

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There’s a life about to start

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When tomorrow comes.

 

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lens: Meyer Optik Gorlitz Lydith 30mm f 3.5

Song: “Do you hear the people sing” from the musical Les Misérables