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City in Stripes 4: Building and Builder

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If one goes up to the Peak and looks down, it is a view of Hong Kong strewn thick with skyscrapers.  While some visitors may be amazed at first sight, the building density is so high that the unsightly view can quickly choke off their holiday mood if not for the breathing space afforded by the streak of waters separating the land and the mountain ranges on the far side stopping further unruly dispersion of these developments. I am in no way a fan of modern buildings but old historical ones appeal to me greatly. If there is a feeling to represent modern glassy buildings, they are cold and do not connect with people. These concrete mammoths are first and foremost the tool to flaunt wealth. If there is really some saving grace of having them, it is merely that they remind me of what tremendous efforts the unsung heroes actually building it have put in. Some elements in today's photo may humbly give a footnote to what comes to mind when this scene appeared before my eyes.

The photo still fits in this week's theme, City in Stripes, by way of the lines and shapes and silhouettes.  The extra message in it is given through the wall of the left-side building and the pavement in the foreground which echo with each other because of their similar box patterns. This hopefully cues the viewers to the worker at the bottom, who is my intended contrast to the feeling-less skyscraper, and work out my visual "protest" against the current city's pervasive development pattern showing concern for barely anything but the largest possible floor areas to be achieved.


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