City lights

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To own a multi-purpose lens is like being the kid of a tiger mom who arranges 20 different interest classes for a 5-year-old, #chineseparenting, I am just goofing off. Acquiesce to it, you bankrupt kid. Anyway, feeling multipurposey*, I was off to experiment some other photography the other day to stay out of the blue.

How some Instagram photographers casually snap photos out of their iPhone (who stand victoriously behind the screens, questioning you why camera, like someone sneaking in at the back of a museum and looking slyly at the line from inside, questioning why bother) I do not care, ‘good luck in the dark!’ if I ever bother to answer.

My point is: lighting is the key. As a kid who grows up in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, the colour that a city can give is essentially the element to win my heart. Like Galway’s green, soothingly calm, wakes you up from the Guinness overdose. And UK’s golden yellow sits perfectly at the back of every photo to add some warmth to the country’s weather (which I failed to entertain myself in).

Back to Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s light dazzles everything, objects and living creatures, with its copper green inky dark shade (or gold if you prefer the timeless tender). Joking. There’s always a slide of blue crawling through skyscrapers, the emotionless sky-reflective bars to urban imprisonment, and some red drizzling in between.  Plus colours from neon lights, advertisements, fan boards for G Dragon and suitcases, a riotous display of the full palette is complete. And yet, like all beautiful things in the world, pleasingly addictive but hard to get around, this is not the city for everyone. As for me, the importunate ferocious damsel, I do not like standing in the murk.

That depresses me.

And I hate the darkness and quietness after 5 in Europe.

Because of that, I need to starve myself for another hour to the closest and only restaurant opened in town on a Sunday afternoon.

I resent that.




*As I said, I was in an experimental mood.



  1. Nataliya

    You capture the mood of the city perfectly. I wish I were as obsessed with photography as I am now when I went on a trip to Hong Kong. Its glow and the vibrancy of those lights is so captivating. I don’t usually photograph at night here in NYC, but I’m inspired to do so now.

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    1. Hong Hiu Ching

      Thanks Nataliya! I wish I was that obsessed with photography back then when I was in Italy! Just go for it! Shooting at night in NYC! I think it’s even more challenging but captivating! xo Marg

    1. Hong Hiu Ching

      Thanks for spending your time reading, Christine! I surely have fun taking the photos and writing the piece to go with it. Yes I reckon iPhone is easy to snap pictures and I use it a lot too, but as a lover for photography, camera is still something I would prefer for more delicate projects. xo Marg

    1. Hong Hiu Ching

      Ya, silence and darkness are boring aren’t they?! Sound! You are so right! Maybe I can do another post about sound in HK! Lemme know when you come! xx Marg

  2. Jenna

    Gorgeous photos! Hong Kong looks bananas, I would love to come capture the light there. And thank you so much for the kind words on my blog!


    1. Hong Hiu Ching

      Oh it’s all about practise! You will be good I’m sure after tons of practise (like what I did)! Thanks for your nice words! xx Marg

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