This is a moody little anamorphic piece on Yue Man Square 裕民坊 in Kwun Tong District (Hong Kong), a 50-year-old building that will be torn down for high-rise redevelopment.
We snuck into the now vacated building to see how it looks with all its doors shut. The businesses down in its bowels have also shut their gates and moved.
While I have no ties at all to the building, it’s still sad to see a part of history torn down. Hong Kong isn’t as kind to its older generation buildings as say, Paris.
It’s a critical time in Hong Kong when it comes to cultural preservation. More and more voices are being shouted to not tear down vintage buildings in favour of sleek high-rise towers of glass and steel. I think it ruins the cultural image of Hong Kong which owes its much rustic charm to these types of build vintage buildings.
Shot on Panasonic GH2 and 35mm LOMO squarefront anamorphic lens in MJPEG HD mode.
Music: “Hand Covers Bruise” by Trent Reznor
The letter to Yue Man Square: http://sc.youth.gov.hk/TuniS/www.youth.gov.hk/tc/culturehub/writers_window/ywc/ymsquare/yms3_letter.htm