|Main Post Office, Pedder Street (1973)|
And so seeing pictures of Hong Kong many decades ago are even more amazing, as they also document the city's progress.
|Jardine House (1975)|
"Hong Kong As It Was" is showing at The Upper Station, a small photographic gallery near where I live in Sheung Wan, just up from Hollywood Road. There is a carefully edited selection of pictures that give a wonderful feeling of what it was like in the city in the 1950s to the 70s.
The skyline was quite easy to see with mostly low-rise buildings, and streets today in Central are barely recognizable with the colonial-style buildings that used to be there. For example, the main post office used to be on Pedder Street before being moved to where it is now. The lanes with wet markets almost look similar in layout, but seething with people, unlike today where they prefer to shop at supermarkets.
|Graham Street (1958)|
His photographs are nostalgic, but also excellent documentaries of life back then. It is a good reminder for Hong Kong people to remember where they come from -- an industrious lot who were pragmatic and hardworking -- and continue this tradition which makes Hong Kong what it is today.
"Hong Kong As It Was" runs until October 17.
The Upper Station Photo Gallery
No. 22, Upper Station Street