Hong Kong is home to some of the most exorbitant house prices in the world.
Because of this, space is a commodity reserved largely for the super rich, a luxury not many can afford. It is thought that Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, but with precious little land remaining suitable for development, how are its residents finding enough room to live? Benny Lam has been documenting this, by photographing Hong Kong’s so called “coffin cubicles” in a photographic series entitled Trapped. Here are some of the astonishing pictures.
1. Cramped conditions are a given
2. The United Nations has described the dwellings as an “insult to human dignity”
3. It is hard not to feel claustrophobicjust looking at the images
4. Storage solutions are vital
5. It seems astonishing that people are able to live in such cramped conditions
6. Every available space is taken up by important personal possessions
7. Tidiness is vital to this way of life
8. Passing time at home means going old school, and keeping up with world events
9. Close proximity means getting creative is unavoidable
10. Space is so precious, so none of it is wasted
It is hard not to feel a twinge of guilt as one scrolls through this photo series and recalls times when we have needlessly complained about things that hold no real significance. When these living conditions are a reality for many, it seems churlish to complain about inconsequential details that are often forgotten a moment after the grievance is first aired.
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