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Hong Kong's urban typography

Posted on April 20, 2017 by Toothpicker

Neon lights and advertising billboards outside of the iconic Sunbeam Theatre in North Point
 
This post is a follow-up of the previous one on Hong Kong's urban typography... Over the years, I have documented the city's streetscape and the relationships between visual communications, architecture, and its perpetually changing identity.
Hong Kong has always [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Photography, Calligraphy, Graphics & illustrations, Traditional arts & crafts, Hong Kong design, Design, Street life, Typography and was tagged with Hong Kong, graphic design, Hong Kong design, street life, typography, calligraphy


Le Festival du Merveilleux au Musée des Arts Forains

Posted on January 5, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Paris is renowned for its world-class museums and galleries, yet it also has many quirky museums that are off the beaten track, and Musée des Arts Forains is one of them. This private museum opened in 1996 and it is located within the Les Pavillons de Bercy, the 19th century wine warehouses built [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Photography, Travel, Paris and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, paris, photography, museums, funfair


The gentrification of Brixton

Posted on October 9, 2016 by Toothpicker

 

   
The restored grade II* listed Ashby's Mill, also known as Brixton windmill (1816) & a trendy cafe nearby
 
Due to rapid urbanisation around the world, major urban cities are struggling to cope with the influx of migrants for the past few decades. Housing shortage is one of the biggest challenges [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Markets, Street art & graffiti, Social issues, Street life, British heritage, gentrification and was tagged with London, architecture, shopping, graffiti/ street art, Food markets, Brixton, gentrification


Nostalgia for the Icelandic sky

Posted on January 28, 2016 by Toothpicker

Sunrise in Reykjvik
 
One of my favourite documentaries of all time is Chilean documentary film director Patricio Guzmán's 'Nostalgia for the light'. The poignant, insightful and stunningly beautiful film was set in Chile's Atacama Desert, and it is a meditation on life, history and the universe. The film touched me on many levels, but [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Nature, Social issues, Iceland, Reykjavijk, Climate change and was tagged with nature, climate change, sunset, Iceland, Reykjavik


Capturing autumn colours

Posted on November 8, 2015 by Toothpicker

Hampstead heath
 
This autumn, we have had some beautiful sunny days with vivid blue sky in London, therefore I couldn't resist taking the time off (during the week) to enjoy nature in this bustling city. And I didn't have to go far since Hampstead Heath is the sanctuary for nature in London.
 

Hampstead Heath
 
I [...]

This post was posted in London, Photography, Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with London, nature, photography, autumn, Hampstead, walking


Stoke on Trent's vanishing kilns, craft and economy

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

Top: The grade II* listed Gladstone Pottery Museum where visitors can learn about city's pottery history and manufacturing processes; Bottom 2 rows: The city is full of abandoned pottery factories, kilns and chimneys
 
Last year, I visited The Asia Triennial in Manchester, and I was pleasantly surprised by the how the city [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Social issues, Britain, Street life, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, heritage, street life, Stoke on Trent, inequality


Autumn in Paris

Posted on October 17, 2015 by Toothpicker

 

 
I had originally planned to visit Maison et objet, the mega design trade show in Paris at the beginning of September. Yet an unexpected event happened at home and I decided to postpone by trip by about a month.
I wasn't quite mentally prepared for the trip, but the beauty of Paris [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Paris, Art, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks, Street life and was tagged with architecture, paris, gardens, sculptures, street life


Tokyo street life

Posted on May 16, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
People-watching is my favourite pastime when I travel. I enjoy immersing myself in the surroundings and observing the quirks and odd sights. Sometimes being an outsider enables you to notice interesting sightings that are often neglected by the locals. What is 'norm' to the locals may be fascinating to the outsiders, our [...]

This post was posted in Tokyo, Photography, Travel, Anything Japanese, Street life and was tagged with Tokyo, graffiti/ street art, street life


Hong Kong on Istagram

Posted on May 8, 2015 by Toothpicker

I have been using Instagram on and off for a while now, but on this trip to Asia, I decided to use Instagram as the main social media outlet. It has been fun, but also slightly addictive.
I think Hong Kong is a beguiling city to be photographed; and during my stay, I [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Architecture, Photography, Travel, Nature, Street life and was tagged with Hong Kong, architecture, nature, photography, instagram, street life


London's art & design exhibitions (Winter/Spring 15)

Posted on March 20, 2015 by Toothpicker

Top & bottom left: Richard Tuttle's 'I Don’t Know. The Weave of Textile Language' at Tate Modern. Bottom right: Phillip King's sculptures at Tate Britain
 
As usual, there is a diverse array of art, design and photography exhibitions being shown across London at major museums and smaller galleries. Here is a recap [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Photography, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Anything Japanese and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, photography, British art, Asian art


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