Book: Stuff I saw yesterday... | Austin Tang

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Book: Stuff I saw yesterday... | Austin Tang

280.00

Hong Kong: (Self-published), 2019.

Austin Tang (Photographs).

First Edition.

Softcover.

14 x 21 x 2.5 cm.

232 pages

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Photo book of Hong Kong Daily scenes through the unique lens of Austin Tang.

Interview with SCMP:

Walking along a busy Causeway Bay street, Austin Tang Shao-yu suddenly veers off into an alleyway. “They are still there,” he says, pointing to three mops standing to attention against a wall.

Tang photographed the exact scene, one of hundreds to be found on his quirky Instagram page Stuff I Saw Yesterday, which has been turn­ed into a book of the same name.

While some might find the photographs mundane, Tang says that is the point: capturing the extraordinary in the ordinary is the trademark of this urban explorer, who prefers to “head backstage”, as he calls it, to photograph back alleys, lanes and stairwells.

Born in the United States, Tang, 56, was living in California when Asia called. He arrived in Hong Kong in 2008 to work as an architect on projects such as the Tang dynasty-style Tsz Shan Monastery, in Tai Po, and the Lyric Theatre, in the West Kowloon Cultural District. Taking photos gave him reason to pause for a few seconds in the fast-paced city.

“Amid the onrush of all the moments of a day, I found there were upsides to this strategy of lingering, as it takes a moment to register reality in motion.”

A father of two boys, aged 16 and 10, Tang says the book will be a reminder of the vibrant city his children grew up in.