Reclamation Street market, Hong Kong
The other day while walking through the Reclamation Street market in Yau Ma Tei in Hong Kong, I came across this scene. It is what it is.
This is one of those images that says everything and yet, says nothing. Its somewhat subliminal, its somewhat ethereal. Other than that, its nothing more than a snap shot of a young woman sitting in a market stall reading a book. All judgments expressed here are somewhat subjective as I’m not sure what else to say. Its up to you to explore and discover whatever it is that’s framed or reflected in this image.
In context, and here one needs to look at the bigger picture, this woman represents something of a generational shift that’s happening in this and other fresh produce markets around Hong Kong. There’s every likelihood that this woman’s parents manned and worked this stall to support and put her and any siblings she may have had through school and college. That she is here reading her book may be incidental in that her parents and or the stall owners are away elsewhere or, that she could be working here either part or full time? I don’t know, I didn’t ask. The picture came first, the questions and answers may come later.
As for the “bigger picture”, its out there. This is something I may address here in later posts. Enjoy. Comments and queries are welcome.
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originally written and posted on 140711 – reposted on 190119