Old Town Walkabout & Photography Exhibition
Well after a moving to a new place here in Hong Kong and recovering from some bug, I decided I was in need of some inspiration for my project. I began to search what events in Hong Kong I could go to this week related to my project. After some research I found a heritage site call the PMQ (PMQ 元創方 | History of PMQ, 2018) the central school, the former Hollywood road police married quarters in Central Hong Kong.
Interestingly this place houses a lot of local craft and fashion shops. My primary focus was to look at anything to do with barbershop heritage. I was somewhat disappointed only to see one replica chair and cartoon backdrop of the what was the PMQ description described as an old town walkabout from the old days.
I did not have any expectations of this place as its primary purpose was more of a tourist location for Hong Kong. It was indeed a different perspective to see the backdrop like this with the barber’s chair. Notably, a few people liked to sit in the chair, so there was some interest in the chair if nothing much else. I took a few pictures, and they did have the celestial spinning barber pole and also a replica old-style hairdryer at least.
Reflection of Old town walkabout
As I looked at the cartoon decor, it did look a little bit like the actual original shanghai barbershops style of old. A little bit like the image I took below of the(Ambassador Parlour Barbers, 2018) in 2017. At the end of my visit, I was not sure what to make of what I had seen. It is fair to say that there is some recognition of the barbershops of old from a historical aspect and that it was obviously something to be remembered by visitors and local Hong Kong people. Consequently, I also started to wonder if my project is about heritage, probably not as a whole.
Second Event – Photography Exhibition at PMQ
This second event was a pop-up exhibition at the Yellow corner (Yellowkorner.com, 2018) small exhibition of Limited Edition artwork. This was on the lower floor of the PMQ building.
There was quite a lot of street and low light photographs. The list of photographers was endless, not exactly house old names. A couple of photographers that stood out was Masashi Wakui(Wakui, 2018)and Jorg Dillman(Dickman, 2018). Notably, both photographers took low light images of neon-lit areas of cities or urban areas.
Reflection of Yellow Corner Exhibition at PMQ
As I was not allowed to take photographs of the small exhibition I thought I would do some doodling and take notes.
What struck me was a lot of the photographers were describing themselves as urban photographers, so it got me thinking is this what I am an urban photographer in Hong Kong.
I started writing down some of the words some of the photographers use to describe their work, as this is something I do find difficult to define sometimes.
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