hong kong-based photographer andy yeung highlights the plight of claustrophobic living in hong kong from a new perspective — the air. looking straight down at the city via drone, yeung documents the architectural density of apartments, where the only view outside is a neighbor’s window. for the series ‘walled city’, the photographer draws from the notorious kowloon walled city — the now-demolished, densely-populated part of hong kong that was infamous for drugs and crime. 


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yeung notes that despite the demolition of kowloon walled city, high-density and architecturally impenetrable places still exist in hong kong. ‘kowloon walled city was once the densest place on earth,’ yeung describes. ‘hundreds of houses stacked on top of each other enclosed in the center of the structure. many didn’t have access to air or open space. this notorious city was demolished in 1990s. however, if you look hard enough, you will notice that the city is not dead. this striking feature of the hong kong landscape wasn’t completely wiped away. part of it still exists in many of current high density and ‘enclosed’ housing apartments. I hope this series can get people to think about claustrophobic living in hong kong from a new perspective.


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