The Star Ferry is my latest project from my trip to Hong Kong this past February.
Inspiration for it came out of nowhere. I was at the Avenue of Stars (a famous strip in Hong Kong on the Kowloon side) overlooking the iconic skyline across Victoria Harbour. I was taking a few shots of the skyline lit up at night. This shot was the obvious shot. It was gorgeous, and the colors were amazing. It was like the bread and butter of an awesome set. I was satisfied here. I wasn't expecting anything more than this one shot. I spent a few minutes shooting this and taking in the view, and then I was ready to cross the water back to my apartment via the Star Ferry. As I was heading there, I saw a little band playing. So, I took my camera back out and shot a few photos. But then I got to the ferry pier, and I just kept finding more to shoot. Lines on the sidewalk. Signs. People talking. People not talking. Sweet moments. Kids playing. Empty areas. Quiet moments. They all have stories. Stories that I can see only when I'm looking through a lens.
The Star Ferry is a story in itself.
Not only does it get you to the other side of the water, it's also entertainment. I mean, just look at that view! It's seven minutes of awe, admiring the lights from the buildings, the wind hitting your face, the noise of the water. This whole experience, ALL of this, for just a 35 cent ticket. Hong Kong is so fast-paced. High pressure. Expensive. And glamorous. And then you have the Star Ferry. Sure there's a metro. It will get you there faster, but why not take the ferry? As a Southern girl who likes to take her time, there's something to be said for moseying across the harbor...
In a city with a million stories to be told, this one is just about my journey home on the Star Ferry.