A London-based photographer named Tarik Ahmet was lucky enough to experience a 36-hour layover in the fascinating territory of Hong Kong following a visit to Cambodia last year.
Rather than wasting his short time there, he decided to capture some fascinating street photography of this diverse and fast-paced area of the world. Here’s what he had to say on the collection:
I’d always wanted to visit this great city to experience the massive mix of culture, great food and vast structures that loom over the city in all their glory. I travelled out with my Fuji XT2 which I think is a near perfect piece of equipment for Street photography in Hong Kong – it’s light, quick to focus and great in most conditions, including low light.
We started out in Kowloon and ventured on foot as much as possible. Having only 36 hours in the city meant we had quite a lot to fit in to satisfy my curiosity, but this didn’t deter us from taking our time to take it all in and most importantly look up, because this is one TALL city. Travelling over to The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery was an incredible experience, although the queues are a draining ordeal, it’s worth it for the amazing views.
Hong Kong is a well oiled machine that welcomes people to travel all over the city to eat, drink and explore. Between every cityscape there’s a story to capture and connections to be made and in reality, 36 hours was never going to be enough to see this all. But I’ll be back no doubt, ready to take in the bold beauty of this city as soon as I get the chance.
Incredible and hats off to Tarik for taking so many stunning shots in such a short space of time.
For a contrasting yet relevant photo series, take a look at these shots of Hong Kong from the 1950s.