Hong Kong is under the international spotlight once again for the current extensive social movements. Since becoming a colony with a name in 1841, this place has undergone multiple transfers of sovereignty amid its tremendous developments. Looking at those people in the old Hong Kong photographs not only reminds me of this winding history but also the critical moments we were facing then and now.
Coincidentally, photography was born almost at the same time when Hong Kong became a colony. This invention provided timely a new language for writing Hong Kong's history, right starting from the first chapters, the narrative is as vivid as personal memories.
However, early photography has not yet been able to be carried out in the dark. At that time, Hong Kong was still a sparsely populated place, and the few nightlife was only going about in the dim oil lamps or under the bright moonlight. For the indigenous residents, they could hardly imagine the visual signatures of this barren island could be defined by today's metropolitan luminescence.
Imagine what would it be like if the people of 1841 could ever meet us and witness today’s iconic night views? Although this hypothesis does not help answer any historical questions, it brought me up an idea of doing what is missing in my impressions of Hong Kong — to photograph it in the eternal moonlight.
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