Hong Kong is often referred to as a blend of Western and Asian cultures, and as such it was a perfect stepping stone for me on the way back to England after over a year in Asia. I took my Pentax Super ME around the city and found the city challenging yet exciting to shoot. I was lucky enough to be hosted by a wonderful teacher, living in a central location on Hong Kong island. He was kind enough to show me around every free moment he had. Words and Pictures by Stuart Blackadder
One of the first things that hits you in Hong Kong is your proximity to so many things. As a result, I found myself struggling to choose what to focus on with my 50mm lens.
Enjoying the view from halfway up the Bank of China tower on Hong Kong island with a stage director friend from Harlem, New York. He travels as often as he can afford, and speaks of his incredible journeys on his blog. We had spent a large part of this day circling a car park which misleadingly advertised a Museum of Urban Planning within its perameters!
My host enjoying some sun on his balcony in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong island. Having studied in Scotland at Stirling University, he has a refined taste for liquor and classic literature. We would rise slowly in his thin apartment, to the sound of his favourite symphonies and to the smell of aeropressed coffee. Sadly, he has been sent a government order delineating the upcoming demolition of the balcony, a space where he proudly tends to spanish moss, pitcher plants, venus fly traps and other assorted plants in the heart of concrete chaos.
I chose to experiment with some slower shutter speeds around the neon signs of Kowloon, running into the middle of the road to quickly shoot a sign advertising underwear that loomed over traffic.
My host's close friend from Nepal, sheltering himself from the sun. During September's category 8 typhoon, they took us to their favourite bar at the Four Seasons hotel where we were treated to cucumber and lychee martinis while staring at the Kowloon skyline disappear in the curtaining rainfall. The soft shadows on this photograph compliment his gentle nature.