MTR stations collage Hong Kong: Jen Ng

MTR Stations Collage hong kong

Behind the scenes: HK MTR station collage art

Guess how many HK mtr stations there are in this photo? 

Answer: 95! 📸

Created by: Jen, a Hongkonger (Sydney-based videographer and photographer)

🇭🇰 Let’s have a look at her story: 

What inspired you?

“I was inspired by the colour and vibrancy of Hong Kong’s MTR stations – something that I rely on daily, but might not take the time to appreciate as I’m often in a rush to get from point A to B. After reading about the history behind the colour choices for the stations and finding it difficult to access a collage with more than just a few stations, naturally I felt the need to make the collage myself.”

"Seeing how a lot of the stations are already in the middle of changing designs, I am reminded that there is often constant change happening around me and if I don’t appreciate them at the time, it will be different or even gone before I know – there is no better time than now! "

“With this in mind, when I approached stations that I’d never been to before, I had to quickly assess the best vantage point to take the photograph, but also be present in acknowledging the current status of the station – same design as what I had grown up with, in between designs, or completely new designs. 

This project was also an opportunity for me to document a time in history. The new Tuen Ma line opened this year in June – the existing West Rail and Ma On Shan lines merged. It was also eerily quiet catching the train to the airport – watching the planes take off was a sentimental reminder of the times.”

Can you share your process of creating this?

Before this project I hadn’t visited all of the MTR stations which you see in the collage. As more stations continue to be built, I look forward to adding them to the collection. Over a couple of days and a couple of hours at a time, I rode the MTR and hopped off to photograph the station names. If I timed it correctly and the conditions were just right, I was able to quickly take the photo and jump back onto the same train. Due to Hong Kong’s convenient MTR system where you don’t need to wait too long for the next train, I didn’t worry too much if I missed the train as I only had to wait a couple of minutes before catching the next one. 

Some highlights during the project included visiting Jumbo Kingdom in Aberdeen – I spotted it while crossing the bridge on my way to Lei Tung station. I also timed things so I could visit the Yuen Long Theatre Auditorium in time to watch another mesmerising concert by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. 

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