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WE Neighbourhood: Bird Street, Hong Kong





This street in Hong Kong is the biggest cage to these birds.

They aren’t always chained but they just cannot leave.

Photography by YHO
Published in the Liberty Issue


WE Postcard: Ghent, Belgium


If men in modern clothes and tram wires were gone, Ghent would have looked just like it was 200 years ago. One of the most precious medieval cities on earth, it preserves the best of its ancient look. Every rock on the roads and the walls speaks history. Sculptures all around the city centre are used to being touched by many from different times or even different centuries. The small city away from Brussels stays happily in the past – and the Ghents know very well those that stay are always the best. Vintage shops magnetises more people than the contemporary chain stores.

Mc Donald’s – the one and only in the city – may be not as popular as its peers in New York or London. As the first city to legislate the Vegetarian Day, the act to promote health and environmentalism is as basic as politeness. Every thursday restaurants unite for a campaign that proves vegetarianism is no asceticism. Any food – as long as it is natural and thoughtfully prepared – is a pleasure. A girl told me French fries with Mayonnaise are the best thing in the world.



Here the elderlies enjoy every sip of ice cream, leaving fancy chocolates to tourists. Kids in the weekends don’t really facebook – they throw themselves away on a merry-go-round. The old lady has been staring at the horse for ten minutes. I saw a sticker on the quiet train station: IT’S MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME.



WE Q+A: Richard Pilnick, Photographer


Richard Pilnick calls photography ‘a moment captured’, a medium through which he shares unspoken messages, a doorway to different cultures and traditions. The English photographer is noted for the unobtrusive manner with which he relaxes his subjects, invariably imbuing their faces with serene and unperturbed expressions. Currently he divides his time between a project with a German face reader, and Hipstamaticsnaps | Project 365 +1.

You said you found photography has the ability to break down the material, and physical barriers behind, how?
It’s not so much (about photography as) the medium, but the way one uses the medium of photography that has the ability to break down the barriers we hide behind. I personally believe that we’re all the same. We our souls of this earth and there is no one man greater or lesser than other, everyone has an incredible story to tell. Intuitions and energy play a big part, they help with the initial selection process then patience and a calm manner while you wait for that moment, the energy you give off you get in return. Shooting with a large format camera, you become more involved with the image and there your subject. By isolating the subjects from their surroundings, one can remove the subjects from the world they’re currently occupying bringing us closer to the individual. As a viewer, you look deeper into the eyes, being transfixed and unaware of difference.

It sounds spiritual. You seem quite intrigued and have visited religious villages like Gokarna in India, and dedicating a series focused on yoga.
 Yes I am. I believe in souls and past lives, as well as energy flow. I truly feel we are all here for a reason, from that moment after we’re born we are working towards finding this purpose, that gift. My gift seemed to be photography, and my purpose is to use that gift to make a change, a difference with the way we think and act.

What is so fascinating about people you stumble upon during those trips?
The concept of wealth within the western community is graded through material, which is only one of the elements. One I deem to be of least importance. When I spend time with families and villagers whom have no access to television, internet, limited phone services and intermittent electricity, an automatic reaction is to relate that to another life – your own. Even though these people have less in resources, when you dig deeper you witness something truly astonishing. By letting go of preconceptions, you then see Interactions through generations, living with and off the land, children playing with homemade toys and true love for one another, and their relationship with mother earth.

Who inspired you to go black and white?
Martin Munkacsi whom revolutionised fashion photography in the 20’s and 30’s, Richard Avedon, and Irving Penn.

Herve Lewis once said “if you use film you can’t see, so you need to feel it.” Do you relate to his saying?
I understand where he is coming from, but no I don’t. Shooting with film makes one think more.

What have you been up to lately?
“Portraits of a Soul” is a major project I am working alongside with German face reader Eric Standop. Although’ I’ve been working on this project for some time, it’s about to take on a new identity. The images are showcased on a blog, where everyday a new face, a new poem is featured, where Eric with immense accuracy, reads the faces of my images and writes poems about their lives. I have currently brought the project to London, shooting on streets, around Brick Lane and Borough Market. These images will be intertwined with my portraits of Asia.

Published in Issue 37 – BLACK

  • WE Q&A: Mike Bucci, Photographer, Oakland
  • Garden of Earthly Delights by Paulina Otylie Surys at Richard Young Gallery
  • WE Curate: Toy Stories
  • WE Curate: Stéphane Couturier at Espace Louis Vuitton, Hong Kong
  • WE Neighbourhood: Prince Edward, Hong Kong
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WE Postcard: Kolkata, India






This is Victoria Memorial, which is located in Kolkata, the former capital of British India. As the name suggests, it’s a memorial dedicated to the Empress of India, Queen Victoria. Currently, it serves as a museum and a tourist attraction. The large garden that accompanies the memorial is hugely popular on sunny days for both locals and visitors alike.


WE Globetrotter: Discovery is a Matter of the Heart Inside PARIS 48°50N 2°23E

Anyone who has looked something up the dictionary will know that there are always multiple definitions to any one word; and though they may all try to define the same thing, each meaning can fall on opposite sides of the spectrum. Let us take the word ‘travel’ for example. Travelling can mean many things, and depending on the definition you choose, it can mean anything from ‘a mechanical stroke’, which is self-explaintory, to a ‘series of journeys’, which is self-discovery. Whether you make your travels mean the former or the latter comes down to how you choose to perceive things, and in Photographer Ami Sioux’s project, a book titled PARIS 48°49N 2°29E, she chooses to inspire a different way of discovering a major city – a city like Paris.  Continue reading

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An American in Kyrgyzstan

At 5am, in a wide open plain on the side of the road, I found myself exiting my taxi to arm wrestle my driver while three of his friends watched on in intense, and not at all amused, fascination. Looking out at the city in the distance, several thoughts passed through my head. Most important was, “they’re going to kill me aren’t they?” but only slightly less prevalent was, “what the hell am I doing here?” Continue reading

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Trading Places: Kashgar

Trading Places: Kashgar

Everyday at sunset, flocks of trained pigeons circle the Kashgar Old City. They fly over a maze of mud-brick houses, alleys filled with donkey carts, and old men in white and black skullcaps haggling over the price of melons. Continue reading