Central Street Markets - Hong Kong

My 25 year love affair with Hong Kong has given me many, many great memories. It has also given me great sadness as a city turns it back on its history and tries to "modernise" everything. Granted, Hong Kong's history is, depending on your point of view, not always something to be remembered, but it is a product of that history and a wonderful combination of its British colonial past and its incessant Cantonese work ethic. It is a true crossroads. It is fast becoming just another city in China, which is a great shame.

One of my favourite parts of the city are told street markets that go up the mountain behind Central on Gough, Staunton and Peel Streets. They are an essential part of Hong Kong and somewhere I recall walking and enjoying from my first times in Hong Kong sarting in 1987. They are now almost all gone in the name of "urban renewal" and Hong Kong will be poorer without them. Here are some of my memories in Black and White - a fitting comination I feel.


Tea's ready. Pentax Spotmatic with Super Takumar 85mm F1.8, Fuji ACROS 100 film


Banana Granny. Pentax Spotmatic, Super takumar 50mm F1.4, Fuji ACROS 100 film


New generation. Leica M7, Carl Zeiss 50mm F1.5, Fuji ACROS 100 film


General Store. Nikon F3, Nikkor 50mm F1.3 AiS, Fuji ACROS 100 film


Butcher. Hasselbald 500CM, Carl Zeiss 80mm F2.8, Fuji ACROS 100 film


Rice and Grains. Nikon F3, Nikkor 50mm F1.2, Fuji ACROS 100 film


Take the long way home. Nikon F3, Nikkor 50mm F1.2, Fuji ACROS 100 film.


Delivery bike. The classic "flying pigeon". Nikon F3, Nikkor 50mm F1.2 AiS, Fuji ACROS 100 film


End is in sight. Nikon F3, Nikkor 50mm F1.2 AiS, Fuji ACROS 100 film


Last chance to see. Nikon F3, Nikkor 50mm F1.2 AiS, Fuji ACROS 100 film


Tofu stand. Canon EOS5D Mark II, Canon EF 50mm F1.2L


Chinese dried foods. Canon EOS1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 24-70 F2.8L

© David Runacres 2014