Occupy Central in Film

by Phantazein Studio

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Admiralty, Hong Kong. October 5, 2014

This was a couple weeks into the protests and they were still in full force. I’d been avoiding the Admiralty area since the movement had first kicked off, after seeing coverage of the police violence that had gone down in the first couple days.

This was the first time I’d stepped foot in the area, accompanied by a local friend who urged me along. I was floored by the sheer size of the manifestation as well as the zealous energy running through the crowd of normally stolid locals. I absolutely had to capture the event. I ran home to grab my camera gear. Unfortunately I was down to my last 2 rolls of film and I kicked myself on the MTR ride all the way back to the protest site.

To make matters worse, a bottle of orange juice came unscrewed in my bag and leaked all over one of the film canisters, which I discovered two days later. So much for professionalism. The liquid leakage led to a pretty interesting, almost tin type effect which I may explore later on.