UNTRACINGS BY ETTA SHON

FICTION + ART BY E SHON

Tag: Black and white film

Sundays

BRIDGE HONG KONG TO CENTRAL STATION FILIPINO HOUSEKEEPERS WOMEN LADIES SUNDAYFILIPINO MAIDS MOBILES BRIDGE CENTRAL HONG KONG STATION SUNDAY DAY OFFFILIPINO MAID UMBRELLA HONG KONG CENTRAL STATION BRIDGE MOBILEFILIPINO HOUSEKEEPERS DAY OFF MOBILE STREET CENTRAL HONG KONG

Sundays are the only day off for domestic workers in Hong Kong, the majority of whom are women from the Philippines and Indonesia. The streets around Central district in particular are bustling with the influx of women who use this day to do their shopping and take care of all their personal needs. The few parks and public spaces sporadically dispersed throughout the city are filled with these women who relax and profit from their day of freedom. They come decked out in their Sunday best and socialize in small groups, huddled on blankets on the ground while doing each other’s hair, applying manicures, and chatting.

The top three photos above were taken on the bridge between Central station and Hong Kong station. A long row of women on either side of the bridge lounge around in makeshift cardboard shelters while napping or watching movies on their phones.

I couldn’t help but to feel a current of guilt as I walked through this bridge, camera in hand as I documented the scene. I knew that these women were very much here by choice and that their work was honest. But in the stark physical separation of the space allotted to them, dividing them from the rest of the population, the disparity in class was highlighted to an almost shameful degree. Shameful for whom, I can’t quite say.

 

 

Sheung Wan Heat

OLD LADY STRAW HAT SHEUNG WAN STREET HONG KONGANTLERS VENDOR STRAW HAT SHEUNG WAN HONG KONG STREET DRYINGSHEUNG WAN STREET ART GRAFFITI HONG KONGSCRAP METAL VENDOR JUNK SHEUNG WANG STREET HONG KONGOLD LADIES HATS SHOPPING SHEUNG WAN STREET HONGSHEUNG WAN CHINESE MEDICINE SIGN CANTONESE HONG KONG

Sai Kung

FLOATING MARKET DRIED FISH VENDOR SAI KUNG HONG KONGSTARFISH VENDOR FLOATING MARKET SAI KUNG HONG KONGBOATS GRANDMA PIER SAI KUNG FLOATING MARKET HONG KONGFISHERMAN SAI KUNG FLOATING MARKET BOAT HONG KONGLITTLE BOY MOTHER SAI KUNG PIER HONG KONGDRIED FISH VENDOR BOARDWALK SAI KUNG HONG KONGOLD COUPLE SAI KUNG BOARDWALK HONG KONGFISH MARKET LADY SAI KUNG HONG KONG

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NATHAN ROAD JORDAN DRAGON NEON LIGHTS STREET NIGHTCARDBOARD BOX COLLECTOR OLD WOMAN STREET BUSINESS MANNATHAN ROAD NEON SIGNS NIGHT JORDAN KOWLOON HONG KONGFORTUNE TELLERS JORDAN NIGHT KOWLOON MARKET HONG KONGCASINO JORDAN KOWLOON NATHAN ROAD HONG KONG NIGHT

I once found myself in an unknown city in the middle of the night. I was standing in the street and people were passing me in all directions. They were barely alive, each at a different stage of life passing out of them. I knew that I was already dead.

The colored lights from above bounced off the planes of their smooth faces. Strange faces staring a millisecond too long. They were catching onto me. I did my best to mimic their language, this undulating cadence with no name. I smelled it before I heard it. The syrupy falseness in my voice, drowning out my unholy secret.

The air was thick and smelled of caster oil and foods with unpronounceable names. My throat closed up with fear. I didn’t know how long I’d be stuck in this limbo. It was close to midnight and I was alone. I wanted to go back.

HK Nightcrawlers

OLD MAN MAGAZINE STAND NATHAN ROAD HONG KONG KOWLOONCIRCLE K WAN CHAI CLERK HONG KONGARCADE VIDEO GAME BOOTH JORDAN KOWLOON HONG KONGBOYS UNDERGROUND ARCADE JORDAN KOWLOON HONG KONGWAN CHAI SEX CLUBS HONG KONG STREETHOOKER DOORWAY JORDAN KOWLOONG HONG KONG STREETVIEW STREET JORDAN HONG KONG WINDOW BAMBOO NIGHT

Geonocturne

FACE BILLBOARD HONG KONG MUSEUM WALL WINDOW NIGHTGEOMETRIC WINDOWS JORDAN NATHAN ROAD HONG KONG NIGHT STREETGEOMETRIC WINDOWS WAN CHAI HONG KONG BUILDINGLONE FIGURE SILHOUETTE WAN CHAI BUS STOP HONG KONGNIGHT BUS WAN CHAI HONG KONG WINDOWS STREETSTREET HIGHWAY CARS WAN CHAI HONG KONG NIGHTWan Chai and Jordan, Hong Kong.

Lorsque je me balade…

belleville paellaCANAL ST MARTIN PARIS CAFE MIRROIR MIRRORCanal Stalingrad Paris France Point Ephemeremec gars belleville station paris francePARIS FEMME FOLLE RUE STREET OLD LADY VIEILLEOld Man graffiti wall rue denoyez

Paris, March 2014

Chez Papa Selfie

ART NOUVEAU SELFIEParis, France. March, 2014

 

Coron

Coron Crystal lodge neighbor dog palawan philippinesCoron Crystal Cottage Bridge Planks water palawan philippinesCoron Boy Working Craftsman vendor palawan philippinesCoron Kids playing palawancoron workers riding bus street palawan philippines

April 2014. Coron, Palawan

El Nido Afternoon

EL NIDO PALAWAN FAMILY MOTORBIKE PHILIPPINESBig sister little street el nido palawan philippinesKIDS BOLOT STREET EL NIDO PALAWAN PHILIPPINESLITTLE GIRL DOORWAY EL NIDO PALAWAN PHILIPPINESLITTLE GIRL EL NIDO STREET HOUSE PALAWANDOG STREET EL NIDO PALAWAN PHILIPPINESApril 2014. El Nido, Palawan

A sweet little beach town in Palawan, Philippines. Despite the steady tourist presence, the locals go about their lives uninterrupted and as anywhere else in the Philippines, they’re all smiles.

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