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Triptychs of Strangers #27, The warm-hearted Giver - Hong Kong | by adde adesokan
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Triptychs of Strangers #27, The warm-hearted Giver - Hong Kong

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About this shot

On my last day in Hong Kong. I had a time slot to roam in Soho (Hong Kong Island). So I decided to seize the opportunity and bring the project to the city.


I looked for a spot and waited for our stranger to come. It took me a while to convince her that this project doesn't aim to portray models. You might know I always try looking for all sorts of interesting characters and I thought she is one of those and I was not disappointed after our session of approximately 30 minutes. But decide for yourself …


About this stranger

Meet, Jessie. Who is in her thirties and has been working as an accountant for about ten years. She likes her job but hates those periods when work piles up and there is basically no time for the things she likes the most.


Like doing handcrafted plush toys (like the rabbit in the middle). She has being doing this for ages and seems to be genius with her sewing machine.


Like taken photographs. Sounds familiar :-)


Like traveling. She has visited a few of the most desirable mega cities in asia. Like Tokyo, Seoul or Taipei. Her first stop in Europe would be Paris - how come I was not surprised by this?


Where ever she stopped while traveling so far she has been always looking out for a locality referred as Cat Cafe. Imagine your favorite cafe around the corner to be packed with playing, purring and cuddling cats. I had never heard of such a place and I listened to her stories with big eyes. I can't deny I was under the impression she has a weakness for cats ;-)


Even though she doesn't own a cat herself. But her friends do …


If you are a friend of Jessie's and own a cat you might see her more often than necessary. And you would also have to get used to see her behind a lens most of the time. Yes, you might not always be the centre of universe while she visits you. But as long as you have a great selection of those handcrafted plush toys you can be sure of one thing … Jessie loves you.


She lives in an area called New Territories in the North of Hong Kong. She told me it is a great place to live especially because the low rental prices and good transportation opportunities to the other two main areas in Hong Kong. What happens to be Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. I was curious about the size of her flat: 700 square feet (65 square meters). But she doesn't live alone … As long as she is waiting for her Prince Charming she choses to stay with the people with the greatest selection of handcrafted plush toys: her parents.


I really enjoyed the way she told me all these things. Very honest, quite understated but always funny and ironic. Thanks for this.


Who else could our strangers #27 be than "The warm-hearted Giver"


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Taken on November 19, 2011