My friend and I occasionally go out on photo walks. This shot below was taken during the one we took in North Point, around Marble Street. If you love street photography, you will love North Point. The place itself is so full of character and local flavor –in more ways than one!
Part of the reason why I love shooting around Marble Street are the senior citizens that are out and about there. Some of them would be out doing their marketing, buying vegetables, haggling over prices with various vendors. Some of them would be out for a walk with a grandchild. Some of them just hanging out with their friends, shooting the breeze. There are others would be working hard to eke out a living. Like this bent little old lady below.
She was busy collecting and gathering up used cardboard boxes from the street, from various shops. She would collapse them one by one and stack them up on a cart, to transport them somewhere where she would sell them. Not for a lot of money, but it would afford her food on the table. She is not the only one that I have seen collecting and transporting cardboard boxes. There are a number of little old ladies around Hong Kong who are doing what she’s doing.
I don’t know their story. I don’t know why they’re in that situation at this stage of their lives. On the one hand, I am glad that such ‘opportunities’ (for want of a better word!) exists for them, but on the other hand, it makes me feel sad that they’re not somewhere else more ‘comfortable.’