Duality | 3 // Last shot of this series brings us to the Mid-Levels, a part of Hong Kong that is often overlooked, but is always in frame (I will explain!). In the shot today are the details from two luxury residential developments typical of the Mid-Levels that are built very closely together - Dynasty Court and Queens Garden. I thought the contrast in texture and colour between these two blocks make for an interesting composition.
When one thinks of Hong Kong's skyline, it is our commercial skyscrapers, typically located close to the frontage of Victoria Harbour, that get all the attention (including the attention from drone enthusiasts!), but what's a great skyline without a memorable backdrop? This is where the Mid-Levels comes in. In my view, Hong Kong's skyscrapers themselves are notable, but no more than skyscrapers from other places in the world (indeed, there are many more interesting examples around than what we have here). What gives that quintessential, like-no-other view of Hong Kong is the fact that our landmark skyscrapers are surrounded by countless other skyscrapers going all the way from the harbourfront up into the foothills, until the terrain is so steep that it finally gives way to the winding roads and mansions scattered among our temperate rainforest.
The Mid-Levels has an incredible density of skyscrapers and adds so much bulk to our skyline. They're always in frame, but never the focus. Every time I visit (typically on my way up to The Peak), I marvel at the fact that modern engineering has allowed us to etch massive skyscrapers into such unforgiving terrain. I will find time to write more about the Mid-Levels in another post. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the final shot in the Duality series.
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