The Lonely Souls of Hong Kong Through the Lens of Tiago Almança

With this series of photos I try to capture the loneliness of the people who live in this dense city.



It was my first time in Hong Kong. I was surprised at how many people can live in such a small space. The tight buildings with thousands of windows almost touched each other and reached up to the sky. The streets were full of people walking back and forth, all of them in a hurry. During the happy hour the bars were crowded, and there was not a single table left. In Hong Kong people take over the streets and make them their own, every corner seems like a small universe, a little world to take refuge in. The only time of day when there seemed to be a bit of peace in the midst of the chaos was in the morning, around 7:00 am, when I used to go for a walk because I couldn’t sleep due to the jet lag. With this series of photos I try to capture the sense of loneliness within this dense city’s inhabitants. A place full of people, where space seems to be a privilege, but at the same time, you can feel that loneliness in every corner and a weird nostalgic feeling. These densely populated cities end up making people more reserved, and kept to themselves.



Tiago is a Spanish/Portuguese self-taught photographer based in Barcelona. He is the founder of Carrete, the first film photography magazine in Spain mixing his two passions: graphic design and film photography. Whenever he can he embarks on journeys capturing the things that attract his eye.

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