Evolving Territories:

Hong Kong in Transition

Starting out as farming and fishing village, and a salt production site, Hong Kong developed into an important free port and eventually a major international financial centre. It remained a British colony when Gretchen So was born and throughout her adulthood.

As the sovereignty over the city was going to be transferred from the UK to China, Hong Kong went through a major transition, both visually and politically. People lived in a constantly-evolving environment, with numerous construction projects and massive land reclamations. Over a period of six years, Gretchen So strolled through densely populated neighborhoods and sparsely inhabited areas to capture scenes that demonstrate the dynamic transformation of the territories.

These photographs are candid portraits of Hong Kong in a historical period. They also serve as a contemporary critique of urbanization and modernization.