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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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Ng Ka Lok Edward takes stunning photos of Hong Kong street scenes, mainly in black and white and medium format. Check out Edwards flickr stream HERE or contact him directly by email

When and why did you start taking analog photos?

Started taking analog photos before digital camera come. Stopped on last 15 years. Restarted on 2013.

How many cameras do you have and which one is your favorite?

I have 3 on hand. My favour is.........Voigtlander Bessa III

Where do you buy gear or film in HK and where do you develop your film?

I buy and develop the film in Wan Chai, Colorluxe Express.

Do you think analogue photography is becoming more popular in Hong Kong?

I do hope it will, it doesn't matter to me. I will move forward with my analog camera.

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ALL photos in this post are for personal viewing and evaluation use only and are copyrighted © Edward Ng unless otherwise indicated. ALL RIGHTS ARE RESERVED. NO commercial, non-profit, or governmental use of any kind is allowed without written permission from the copyright holder, photographs may not be downloaded or reproduced in any manner without written permission.

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Just off the Soho Escalator is a little piece of land time forgot. The Jamia Mosque was built 1915 and surrounding it are some really beautiful old buildings giving you a glimpse of what that are looked like 100 years ago. Hopefully the Urban Renewal Authority will never get involved in this.

Photos taken with a Nikon Fm3A and slide film.

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Holga - Causeway Bay

Wan Chai - Hong Kong

Kowloon DairyMan in Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market

When and why did you start taking analogue photos? 

I actually learnt photography on a film camera but my camera bag was stolen when I was travelling and by the time I had enough money to buy a new camera I reasoned that a digital camera would suit me better as the World appeared to be going down that road.

After a few years using my digital SLR I felt my photography and plateaued, kind of hit a wall. Basically my enthusiasm had dipped and wanted to try something new. 

I looked back through my old photographs from my travels and loved what I saw. I realised that my photography had maybe even regressed since I started using a digital camera and put simply I just prefer the look of film. I decided one day that I wanted to use film again. I wanted to push myself photographically.

I decided I wanted a fully manual camera as I'd never used one before so I settled on a Nikon FM2. Probably my most used 35mm camera. 

How many cameras do you have and which one is your favorite? 

I think I own around forty cameras. I've been acquiring them for roughly the last 2 to 3 years. They include SLRs, a TLR, a couple of rangefinders a few toy cameras and a bunch of compacts. They all work, all get used and none of them has cost as much as my digital SLR did.

My favourite 35mm is probably my Nikon FM2. It's simple, manual, mechanical and reliable. 

I've recently bought a Mamiya RB67 which I'm really enjoying. Although quite big and heavy it's extremely versatile as it has interchangeable and revolving backs. Very handy. I have to give a nod to my Mamiya C220 as well, a medium format SLR which I love.

 Where do you buy gear or film in HK and where do you develop your film? 

I shop around for my gear and film. I've found 1 or 2 places in Tsim Sha Tsui for gear and I get my film developed at Dotwell Photographic ,also in TST, until I can afford a flat big enough to do my own!

For film I mostly use Chung Pui Photo in Stanley Street in Central. I've found their prices to be the best in Hong Kong for most film. I use a few others for various things including Dotwell, Mirama Photo Supplies, also in Stanley Street and Wing Shing Photo Supplies in Mong Kong. I get my Fuji pack film from Polab in Wan Chai.

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