Before leaving Hong Kong, photographer Helen Gray set out to capture all 84 of the city’s MTR stations. HKFP’s selection includes one image to represent each line.
From April 2012 to April 2013, Gray took photos around exit A1 of each station in an attempt to portray their unique settings and surrounding community.
“Three years before I was due to retire from Hong Kong, I decided a wanted a record of the people of this fascinating city,” Gray told HKFP.
“But my collection has few images of people’s faces as most Hongkongers turned away from my camera, and often refused my requests even when I asked using my best Cantonese.”
“So, by selecting photos of people to show here, I hope you will experience the Hong Kong I knew.”
Gray added that selecting one image from each collection was a limiting task.
Viewers can visit her website for the full collection and travel along all 11 MTR lines to see the street line and associated architecture that make the city unique.
Gray said that by doing so, the viewer will discover that there is no station that can fully represents an MTR line.
Her full photo collection contains almost 7,000 images.
Gray currently lives in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Visit Helen Gray’s website here.
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