How does one capture a zap in a photograph? And how does one link images of zap with advertising? Those were the questions that Sandi and Gattina got me pondering by way of their choice of Photo Hunt themes for this week.
Fortunately, I had a (zappy?) "eureka" moment that involved my realizing that lots of advertising in Hong Kong requires zaps of electricity in order to really "shine". So, viola, here's presenting three photos taken in Mongkok -- illustrating precisely that point!
Incidentally, an internet search found an Australian Broadcasting Corporation piece on Mongkok that described it as "the busiest place on earth" and contained quotes about a resident who said he liked living in the area but listed its problems as including light pollution.
For my part, I'd agree that Mongkok and certain other parts of Hong Kong (such as Causeway Bay) do suffer from light pollution -- a large part of which comes from the kind of neon advertising that can captivate tourists and shutterbugs. On the flip side of things though, I think that well lit streets -- together with associated ample foot traffic -- do contribute to making "Asia's World City" feel like -- and actually be -- a place where women regularly and safely walk about at night with little fear of such as muggers.
And this taking back of the night(s) is something I personally really do appreciate and enjoy; particularly after years spent in places like Philadelphia, particularly West Philly -- whose often too dimly lit streets don't see much foot traffic at night, and for a good reason!