Hong Kong Store Fronts

Hong Kong is all business - and the most obvious result is that Hong Kong is actually a city of millions of store fronts. You can buy anything in Hong Kong, and you will usually find it behind a store front not unlike I show here. The challenge for these stores now is the huge increases in rent driven by the "greedy HK landlord syndrome" - a common issue now that a 100% rent increase at lease renewal seems to be considered a normal thing. The small shops can no longer afford to be on the street and are often replaced by useless brand shops selling more over-priced handbags or knocked down to make another shopping mall catering to the Mainland Chinese tourists. HK is in danger of losing its soul. Here is my selection…..

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A typical hardware shop in Central, Hong Kong Island. The owner can find anything in seconds amid this seemingly chaotic scene. Canon EOS 1Ds mark III with Canon EF 50mm F1.2L

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The shop front of "Great Asia Trading" in Wanchai. They specialise in all kinds Japanese foodstuffs. Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 50mm F1.2L

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A fruit shop on the street in Kennedy Town. Leica M7 with Noctilux 50/1.0 and Fuji Provia film.

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Closed for the day near Hollywood Road. Sigma DP2 Merrill.

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A very cramped ramen shop on the street in Central. Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III with Canon EF 16-35 F2.8

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End of the road in Causeway Bay. How many agents does it take to lease a shop? Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 50mm F1.2L

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The key man - Central. Nikon F3, Nikkor 50,, F1.2 AiS and Fuji Velvia 100 film.

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Cartoon slippers anyone? If not, I can make keys. Nikon F3, Nikkor 50mm F1.2 AiS and Kodak Ektar 100 film.

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A fish tank for sir? Literally on the street - Bonham Strand West, Sheung Wan. Nikon F3, Nikkor 50mm F1.2 AiS and Kodak Ektar 100 film.

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End of the day at the fishmonger. Wanchai Market. Leica M7, Noctilux 50/1.0 and Fuji Provia 100F film.


© David Runacres 2014