Photographer Andy Yeung is known for his jaw-dropping aerial photos of Hong Kong, but his new series Remembering Hong Kong explores unexpected aspects of the city. By taking in older sections of Hong Kong, Yeung preserves their memory against the rapidly changing urban jungle.
Yeung began his photography career in 2005, and aims to give a fresh perspective on his native Hong Kong. In this instance, he was inspired by the 1995 Japanese film Ghost in the Shell. This anime movie, set in 2029, follows the Section 9 public security agency as they trail a hacker through a city based on Hong Kong. “The old Hong Kong in this movie looked fascinatingly interesting,” Yeung explains to us in an email. “So that’s how I got inspired to capture the old/traditional part of Hong Kong while it lasts, as no day is the same in this fast-changing city.”
Brightly lit markets and sagging apartment blocks tell a different story of Hong Kong. It’s a vibrant life that doesn’t often come to mind when thinking of this bustling city, yet Yeung’s work reminds us that every urban environment has many subtle layers.
My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Andy Yeung.