Mong Kok: Colourful Preoccupations

Mong Kok has become colourful and purposeful.

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Something is waiting to happen.

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The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind…

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Waiting.

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Intentions.

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It’s all on the wall.

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The barricades.

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Even the minions are here, patiently manning the barricades.

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We’re all tourists here.

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The lion wants true universal suffrage.

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The people are here to stay.

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Resting.

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Reading.

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The umbrellas were indeed open at 6p.m., 28th October, to remember the teargas used by the police on the protesters a month ago.

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It says “Stop unethical policing”, not “stop policing”.

There is still a need for law and order.

 

Camera: Canon 600D

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

 

 

What Hong Kong Wants

I’ve been to the various protest sites over the past three weeks at various times.

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They keep changing.

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They keep changing simply because it is the nature of the protests.

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They require a constant infusion of people, energy and creativity, of which Hong Kong has in abundance.

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Hence, I kept raising my camera to my eye.

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These were taken at Mong Kok about three weeks ago.

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There is a need to see, understand and document.

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What Hong Kong wants – that’s not very difficult to understand.

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The writing is very clear.

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What Hong Kong will get, no one knows at this point.

We don’t really have a bird’s eye view.

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All one could do is to keep asking.

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And be willing to do the hard work.

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Sacrifice, toil and labour.

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And pray that something good will come out of it.

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The work of waiting and keeping watch goes on.

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And there’s always hope.

History will be the judge.

 

All images were taken with the Contax TVS street camera and converted into monochrome from a single roll of Fuji Superia 800 film.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love and Peace at Mongkok

I’m a Singaporean, a poet, street photographer, and a literature professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

My students have told me they’re boycotting classes indefinitely. I am proud of them. How can one not be moved?

We can only occupy what’s central to our heart: love, peace.

This was what I saw on the streets of Mongkok on the afternoon of 30th Sept.

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Messages pasted on the side of a bus. The tape is removable and non-destructive.

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Delivering supplies to protesters.

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Securing a supplies tent.

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Labour of love.

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Film crew on the rooftop of the entrance to Mongkok MTR Station.

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The message.

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Determination.

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There’re really people cleaning the streets! This is civil disobedience.

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The scene at Argyle Street.

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At one point, the road needed to be cleared for supply trucks.

They held hands to clear the road.

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The scene at Nathan Road.

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No violence. A reminder by a protester.

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Translation: I love Hong Kong. My sentiments exactly.

In Dec this year, I would have lived here for ten years.

My son has spent more than half his life here.

My daughter was born here.

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Note that no spray paint has been used at any point.

They used chalk.

Everything is non-destructive.

This is civil disobedience at work.

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Translation: treasured students, we love you. My sentiments exactly.

The rest of the photographs were taken by my ten-year-old son (who was standing next to me as I was writing this).

Yes – it’s the kind of protest you could bring your kid to.

I saw a few families sitting on the road with kids younger than five.

I want my son to watch and learn.

My son will eventually return to Singapore to do his national service.

He’ll hold a rifle, learn to throw a grenade and experience the effects of tear gas as part of his military training.

These are things I’ve done as a Singaporean twenty years ago.

I want him to know what it means to love one’s country.

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Democracy – that’s an important word I’ll teach my son.

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Medical station.

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A box containing yellow ribbons, with instructions as to how to wear them.

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A street exhibition.

Stay safe and don’t forget to bring your umbrellas, people of Hong Kong!