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Hang Tam: Spirit of Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a jungle of concrete and steel. Look closer, and you will see an organic material weaving itself through the cracks, up the walls, completely surrounding and envelop entire structures. The organic material is bamboo, a plant that unlike steel will bend, if not manually and properly tied together. Using bamboo as a construction material is an old skill, and it has largely fallen out of use in the city due to safety concerns. Hang Tam captures the withering building technique in these photographs, and documents the workers work in these astonishing heights are illuminating. The photographs become a reminder of a soon to be lost tradition, a unique and organic way of building a city.

Hang Tam is a Hong Kong photographer. He has published more than 10 photo books over the course of 8 years. Tam’s work often represents a discovery of usual situations or behavior in an unusual context or vice versa. He rediscovers and reinvents himself, one picture at a time. It is, perhaps, the reason why he keeps taking pictures.

Written by Nikolaj Ahlefeldt Andersen

©Hang Tam