Elizabeth Briel, Travel Artist

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Beautiful Boats

HK travel sticker
Detail of painting on Thai paper, 70 x 100cm, 2010

This is the image many have of Hong Kong Рa junk cruising the waters of one of the finest harbors of the world, sails spread to catch the breeze. But when I travelled around the territory searching for images to illustrate my kids book, I decided not to make any cyanotypes of beautiful boats like this.

Why? Because Hong Kong people don’t actually use them in their daily lives, and haven’t for ages. What they DO use is more prosaic: taxis, double-decker buses and minibuses, and the MTR [subway]. Yet there are still some ways to get around town like Trams and the Star Ferry that are unique to Hong Kong;¬†they’re the most affordable way to travel, and you’ll literally rub shoulders with all strata of society. Passengers coast the seas or the streets at a leisurely pace, and experience the transition from one neighborhood to another.

And best of all, these ferries are still as photogenic as ever.

Childrens Book Cover

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