18 February 2015

Marble Road | Old Flats



There is this stretch of road in North Point called Marble Road.  On any given day, I love walking along this road. There is so much character, so much to absorb.  A great place for people-watching.  You get  your fill of elderly people walking with their grandchildren as they go about doing their daily marketing.  You get to observe shop vendors hawking their goods.  You see the delivery people carting crates and cartons of goods and you also see the little old ladies collecting the carton boxes and flattening them to sell to recycling facilities. 

Marble Road is always bustling with activity, mainly because of the market (wet and dry goods).  The trams come through here en route to the terminus, as do cars and trucks.  Pedestrians walk in the middle of the street and just move to the side whenever they hear the ding-ding of the tram whistle. Cars and trucks crawl through here very carefully. The street is lined with little set-up shops on both sides, selling everything from socks, clothing, hair accessories, shoes to fresh vegetables and fish.  Looking up, you can see these old flats with their random window air-conditioning units and (sometimes) laundry hanging out.  Very reminiscent of old Hong Kong on the postcards, before all the modern, swanky high-rises and skyscrapers took over the cityscape.

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16 COMMENTS:

Dina Lettre said...

Wow...I love all of the texture in that shot!

Tamar SB said...

I would so love to see that in person, you brought it to life in my mind!

Sharon said...

Love, love, love this! All those open windows, the laundry, the crowdedness of it. Processing in black and white is inspired!

Amy Franks said...

yes! there would be lots of action here, I'd have fun watching everyone and taking the odd candid photo. great place

Balot said...

beautiful! so hongkong! (at least in my mind as I see a glimpse of these 6 years ago) :D

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

Imagine all the different lives behind all the windows - oh the stories tis building could tell.

Pieni Lintu said...

Beautiful shot but same time it looks very miserable.

barbara said...

Beautiful picture, as always, and the black and white is perfect!

carolina rico said...

Great pic! I really need to go there someday!

Nicola SeaThreePeeO Carpenter said...

Wow, such am amazing shot, so much detail to absorb and the perspective is fantastic. I love it.

Merisi said...

Amazing facade, beautifully captured!

Erica Sta said...

Wow, a Great capture and a fine Story to read .... Great for WATW :)
Cheers, Heidrun

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful angle and composition in your bw shot!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Kim Cunningham said...

So cool! I love places where you can see so much life happening. This old apartment block is full of character!

Molly said...

I went to Hong Kong about 25 years ago.... this looks very like the Hong Kong I saw then

mollyxxx

bailey-road.com said...

Great shot. Looks like a place just bursting with life.

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