“I’m generally interested in Hong Kong’s raw and seemingly chaotic aspects and find this hugely photogenic,” Heijnen told HKFP.
‘Buddhist Dogma.’ Photo: Marcel Heijnen.
“After doing series and books on this city’s shop cats and market cats, I turned my attention to the many dogs living in car workshops as this provided an extension and counterbalance to the cat photos I started to become known for. This inspired me to explore different locations of the territory while staying true to the ‘Hong Kong photos through the means of a functional animal’ narrative.” he said.
‘Peekawoof.’ Photo: Marcel Heijnen.
On the contrast between his “Market Cat” photo series, Heijnen said: “[T]here is also a parallel – like the cats, these dogs are functional animals, rather than pets. While the cats protect the goods in the stores against mice, the dogs guard the car workshops against thieves.”
‘That Way.’ Photo: Marcel Heijnen.
He added: “Although not as cute and calm as the cats, the hounds gave me an excellent opportunity to expand the narrative of Hong Kong’s ‘beautiful organic chaos’ with an animal as a common element.”