Hi everyone! @itsbernie81
here. My thanks to the legendary @sebastianmzh
and his hub @shotz__from__above
for giving me the chance to takeover and showcase some of my favourite aerial imagery taken from above my hometown of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is perennially short of land, so when we have space, we need to make every inch work. We build our buildings way tall - indeed, we have the most skyscrapers anywhere in the world! Flying over them gives me a thrill, and sometimes, the unexpected pleasure of finding a pleasure angle or some surprising symmetry - case in point are these perfectly aligned public housing estate blocks in Tseung Kwan O, a New Town to the east of our city.
Public housing is a deeply ingrained part of the modern Hong Kong story and there have been many innovative experiments over the years on good building design. You’ll find a few more interesting examples in my gallery as this is one of my favourite photography subjects! Enjoy!
Container Terminal | 1 // Hi folks! I’m back with a new series of drone shots this week taken above Hong Kong’s Container Terminal! What you see here is a slice of what appears to be organised chaos: five massive piles of containers stacked a few layers high, and an army of trucks, lorries, forklifts, and cranes adding more containers here and taking one away there. From above, the patterns created are so beautiful and nearly perfect, and the colours so vivid and varied! They remind me of massive stacks of coloured chalk. Yet, from the ground level, it is a noisy, dusty place where you really do need to keep you wits about you or be run over!
Hong Kong’s Container Terminal is among one of the largest in the world, although it has long lost its mantle as the largest. That award is now bestowed to another port in Mainland China (which also boasts several of the world’s larger container terminals). The decline can be attributed to a few factors: first, Hong Kong no longer has the same stranglehold on trade coming in and out of China like it did a few decades ago; second, Hong Kong (and the Pearl River Delta region generally) has pivoted away from manufacturing as a core business so there are less things to export out of Hong Kong.
Nonetheless, the Hong Kong Container Terminals are still massive by any measure, and pretty accessible too. I hope you like this shot - I’ll post a few more in the coming days.