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Improving the quality of life for the less fortunate people makes a dire need of urban renewal and is the top priority of the URA

This is what it say on the Urban Renewal Athorities Website. HAHA! Read this HK Magazine article please! What they do in reality is a little different. They destroy old neighbourhoods instead of restoring them. They make sure Hong Kong has more luxury high rises, car parks, hotels and less heritage buildings with character, unique markets and shops. They need constant public pressure to do the right thing, because the are not Non-Profit. They want to make money. Now the Urban renewal Athority is evicting current market stall owners and shop owners without providing them any alternative in the area. Please write them an email and let's try to stop this insanity! inquiry@mail1.ura.org.hk6229986221_b90f3dc784_b.jpg

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Here is what I wrote about Graham Street Market in 2011:

The pictures are of Graham Street Market in Central. Graham Street Market is one of the oldest outdoor markets in Hong Kong. It's been around for 160 years. Even before Hong Kong became a British colony there was a bazaar on this site, selling provisions to the ships arriving in Hong Kong. Unfortunately the Urban Renewal Authority is planning to redevelop Graham Street and Peel Street. When they say redevelop they actually mean tearing down the old buildings and building higher, more profitable high-rises instead. This will affect 37 building and 78 shops. It will start 2015 and be completed in 2021.

The plan is to build a giant complex with two residential buildings, a 26-storey hotel, a 32-storey office building, a footbridge linking to the escalator and an underground car park (because we need more cars in Central for sure). They are also planning an "Old Market Street" a man-made tourist attraction, which will have nothing to do with reality and surely all the charm and authenticity of the market will be lost. They will be selling traditional products and handicrafts. Sounds like the Ngong Ping Old Town to me, a disney-esque tourist attraction on Lantau selling Babushka dolls and other kitsch to mainland tourists. I fail to see how "Old Shop Street" can be of any interest for a tourist wanting to experience the many sides of Hong Kong, as gritty and dirty as they can be. Graham Street Market may not be pretty at times, but it's GENUINE and vibrant. The real Hong Kong, a real outdoor wet market, not the URA's version of it. Instead of just renovating the buildings, like it is done in most places in the world the URA instead tears down most of the ones built in 50s and 60s, keeps the facade of the pre-war buildings and fills in the rest with hotels, luxurious apartments and other crap not catered to the existing residents of that area, but for richer class with more consumer power. Local residents are relocated and compensated. If compensation for something like that is even possible.    The corner house of Wellington Street and Peel Street was housing one of the oldest shops in that area selling eggs, groceries and dried goods called Wing Woo Groceries, which was in business for more than 80 years and closed in 2009. The URA offered the owner compensation and he retired due to old age. The shops interior will be preserved for a museum.

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Here is a little list of photo labs in Hong Kong. Feel free to add your opinion and suggestions

HONG KONG ISLAND

Miramar Photo Supplies

18 Stanley Street 1/F

Central, Hong KongThis is where I go to. They usually take a day and charge 20HKD for developing color film and another 20 for scanning.

Photo Scientific

Ground Floor, 6 Stanley St

Central, Hong Kong

+852 2525 0550

http://www.photoscientific.com

East Asia Professional

G/F, 29 Swatow St., Wanchai,

Hong Kong

Tel : +852 25751745

http://www.eastasiapro.com/

They take a little longer but they are very thorough. Slightly more expensive, too.

ColorSix

1/F, 51 Wellington Street,
Central
Hong Kong
Tel : 2526 0123 

Many people recommend them. I find them really overpriced and rude.

 

KOWLOON

Dotwell Photo

44 Carnarvon Road,

Tsim Sha Tsui,Kowloon,

Hong Kong

Phone: +852 23683826

http://www.dotwellphoto.com

Sunrise Professional Photofinishing

333/B2 Lai Chi Kwok Road,

Kowloon,

Hong Kong

Tel: +852 23862048

http://www.sunrisephotohk.com

Outputprolab

1/F, 612 Reclamation Street,

Mongkok, Kowloon

Hong Kong 

Tel: +852 23804077

http://www.outputprolab.com/

Color in August

Shop C G/F No. 322, Shanghai Street,

Yaumatei, Kowloon,

Hong Kong

Phone: +852 27811802

http://www.cia8.com

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Lei Yue Mun, Hong Kong
Yau Ma Tei Photography

There are a lot of great street photography shots on David Davidoffs flickr stream, but I especially like his photos of rural parts of Hong Kong like Lei Yue Mun. Check out his flickr stream here.

 
When and why did you start taking analogue photos?
Oh, let me think about it...it should be about few years ago(about 6-7 years)...I always like analogue stuff(e.g. Vacuum Tubes, LPs...), it seems nearly close to life and humanity.
Originally, I know nothing about photography. Firstly, I start to collecting vintage cameras, I am so curious what image will be come out if taken by these vintage cameras...then, I start to tacking my first roll...second, third...till now.
I observed that life gone too soon, something disappears and missing soon...I just want to record them and freeze the moments of life...


How many cameras do you have and which one is your favorite?
Ummm, I haven't count it clearly, but I guess it's about 200-300 or more...and which one is my favorite?? hahaha...which I held it on my hand...even if, I always bring my Leica M3 in my bag, this is a sharp weapon of street photography.

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