Cramped Apartments in HK
What many people don’t know.
Hong Kong ranked as the most livable city by The Economist. What many people don’t know, however, is that there is a percentage of Hong Kong residents living in rather horrid conditions.
In an attempt to draw attention to the issue, human rights organization Society for Community Organization recently commissioned a series of photographs showing what a number of unacceptable living spaces look like when viewed from directly overhead. Over 100,000 people live in only 40 square feet of space. With so little room, a folding chair is used as a desk, a place to rest and as a dining table. Property owners illegally restructure normal-sized apartments, dividing them up into tiny rooms. They reset the floor drain outlets, remove main walls and alter fire escape routes.
The images were likely captured by simply fixing a camera with a wide-angle lens to the ceiling, and then triggering a shot remotely (the photographer cannot be seen in the image). In each photo is a QR code that directs viewers to a petition to the Hong Kong government.