Michael Wolf : Architecture of Density
A friend sent me a link to the work of Michael Wolf recently and having been lucky enough spend 10 days in Hong Kong a couple of years ago with my Little A, his images immediately struck a chord with me, as I took a number of very similar photos myself.
The density in Hong Kong really is something that’s difficult to grasp unless you’ve seen it for yourself. In one article I read, it suggested that there were well over 7 million people living on Hong Kong’s 1,108 square kilometers of land.
So housing this many people can only mean one thing… developing ever skywards, and as can be seen from the images below, this resulting in huge backdrops of steel, concrete and glass buildings where neither light nor anything organic are visible.
What I like about these images, and why I was moved to take similar ones myself, is the way that the buildings are reduced to nothing much more than wallpaper. As the mind struggles to comprehend the scale and endless repetition of the cityscape, it converts the individual homes into nothing more than shapes and colours.
I’m pretty sure however, that this would NOT be a good argument to describe or justify the quality of life in these developments, and I for one am very glad I don’t live there… (especially the very last photo, that really is hardcore urban living and pretty shocking…)
It’s definitely worth a visit to Michael Wolf’s site on the link above as there are some truly excellent photos of Hong Kong. Try the Window Watching, Backdoor and Lost Laundry collections for some really wonderful views of life in a super dense city…