The pics – along with 1800 words – portray the situation of the poor of the former British Colony in the lowest cost housing alternatives of ‘coffin’ homes, bed space cage homes, wire cage homes, illegal rooftop shanties and illegal cubicles in old factories and industrial buildings. Although these still cost the residents more per square foot than the most expensive of Hong Kong’s luxury apartments, for the unfortunate they are just a step away from a life on the street.
The story also attempts to provide some historical perspective to the situation as the number of poor in HK exceeds the twenty percent figure (and the number of billionaires – which currently stands at 36 – continues to grow.)
The new essay can be found on ‘fotostrada’ in “Latest Stories” here … and will be posted to my personal site when time permits …
Below I’ve posted a small selection of the many images from “Life in a Coffin – Hong Kong”.
© images Brian Cassey 2012