Ever since having a baby my little apartment of 500 square feet has suddenly become even littler. Before the kid arrived this place was juuuust big enough for two adults, one of whom travels frequently for work and the other who, prior to giving birth, was at the office for more than 12 hours a day. Somehow it didn’t feel so small back then. But now, despite the fact that our new roommate is a teeny tiny little thing, with the extra loads of laundry, bits and pieces of pumps and bottles that need sterilizing, a baby bath and lots and lots of baby clothes, it suddenly feels like the walls are closing in!
But, yesterday I saw this post, from a local NGO called SOCO — the Society for Community Organisation — that works with the poorest of the poor in in Hong Kong, and it reminded me to be grateful for what I have. It’s a photo series of shots taken from above in some of the smallest apartments in Hong Kong. And when I say small, I mean as small as 100 square feet. They don’t even qualify as apartments, they’re that small. It’s hard to believe that entire families can live in such tiny places. But when you live in the economic powerhouse of Asia where the rent is THE most expensive in the world, some people have no choice.
All these photos have been taken from the SoCO website so be sure to check it out to see more from these talented photographers who have captured amazing images of Hong Kong’s cubicles, bedspaces, and cage homes. Pretty amazing stuff. And it makes me appreciate my 500 square feet all the more…
I suppose when you think you’ve got it bad, try to remember…. there’s always someone out there who would love to have what you complain about.