Throwback: Ernie goes to the Central Harbourfront

Hong Kong Photowalk Series: Central Harbourfront

In the fall of 2016, I found the time to do a series of photowalks around Hong Kong – see my first one in Sai Ying Pun here. These were slow, leisurely activities, a deliberate digestion of the city by foot – and by lens. In doing so, I think I was able to capture an idea of Hong Kong, a mood or a vibe part imagination, part reality, a vibrant city with an undercurrent of uncertain calm – and still the diverse citizenry of the former colony lives on.

One Sunday afternoon, Ashley and I decided to walk from our apartment in Wan Chai, the heart of the city – at least on the island side, to the newly developed harbourfront linking the districts of Wan ChaiAdmiralty, and Central. I brought along my camera to snap some shots along our route, which took us through Wan Chai’s grubby streets, across overpasses that spanned the major thoroughfares across Hong Kong Island, along the empty lanes snaking through the waterfront lots in Admiralty, and, eventually, in front of the familiar monuments of glass and steel that dominate the Central skyline.

The sky was overcast when we started our walk, the muted lighting drawing out the underlying moodiness of the city and highlighting thick layers of details and dimensions. As we approached Central, the clouds broke at just the right time for the sun to set behind the manmade towers and earth-made hills beyond, plunging the city into its early neon stages. By the time we had finished our loop of the harbourfront, the night hours of the fragrant harbour were fast approaching, and Ashley and I joined the evening crowd heading back into the dense inland neighbourhoods.

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