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Towering Hong Kong Buildings From Below

Monday 04.29.2013 , Posted by

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Hong Kong is a city of many towers, so much so that often it can be hard to see the sky as the massive buildings consume much of it. Photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze decided to create a series of photographs capturing the many buildings from the perspective of a small human looking up. [Read more...]

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Dangerously Close to the Edge: Fearless Self-Portraits

Monday 03.04.2013 , Posted by

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Those seriously afraid of heights may want to look away. Photographer Ahn Jun goes to great heights, literally, to get the most perfect shots for her death defying series titled “Self-Portrait.” Although it would be fairly simple to photoshop a project like this, the artist insists that these are the real deal. The Korean photographer has been adding on to this collection since 2008, making her way to some of the tallest buildings in New York City, Hong Kong, and Seoul. To get the best picture, the fearless Jun sets up her camera to drive mode then gets in position and chooses the shot where she looks the most at ease or aggressive- never fearful. [Read more...]

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Cramped Hong Kong Apartments from Above

Thursday 02.21.2013 , Posted by

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For people living in the west, it’s hard to imagine anyone living in an apartment this small. We think a small New York loft cleverly designed to make use of all its 200 square feet is impressive and maybe even attractive… but how about these cramped apartments in Hong Kong? Many of us have closets this size. [Read more...]

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Hong Kong High-Rise Photography

Friday 02.01.2013 , Posted by

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Hong Kong is a fascinating place that has historically been known for its strong economic power. With a land area of 426 square miles and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. [Read more...]

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Bridging the Gap: New Illustrations from Victo Ngai

Wednesday 10.10.2012 , Posted by

The lovely illustrations of Victo Ngai bridge the gap between classic chinese art and modern publishing in the western world. Perhaps that’s because her life has bridged that gap as well. Born in Hong Kong and now residing in New York, as she puts it “‘Victo’ is not a boy nor a typo, but a nickname derived from Victoria – a leftover from the British colonization.” [Read more...]

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Mapped: City Hot Spots for Locals and Tourists

Thursday 01.13.2011 , Posted by

Looking for a locals bar in a popular city? Look no further than these maps, which plot the places locals and tourists frequent. Taking the images submitted to the Geotaggers World Atlas and placing them on the map colored based on the length that person has been in the city, these images give a good idea of where locals and tourists visit. It’s also a handy travel reference to see what quiet spots still exist in these popular places. [Read more...]

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Kowloon Walled City: Pictures and Cross Section

Wednesday 01.05.2011 , Posted by


At one time, one of the most densely populated areas on Earth, Kowloon, was a walled city within Hong Kong. It was unregulated by the then-ruling British authorities, who reluctantly allowed it as the only Chinese settlement. It was a no man’s land because of this; run by the Chinese mafia and filled with brothels, sweat shops, illegal hospitals, and trashy eateries. [Read more...]

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