May 17, 2014

Box Life

Photograph by Norbert Well

There's nowhere to see but up in this photo of Hong Kong, taken by Norbert Well and submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. "Living in a box is living in Hong Kong," he says.

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.


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58 comments
Mariya Khan
Mariya Khan

Brilliant capture, the angle is just perfect

Maha Alrajhi
Maha Alrajhi

This would make an awesome 1000 piece puzzle. 

Cacee Hu
Cacee Hu

Amazing photo, but life in Hong Kong is really struggling!  

Devin T.
Devin T.

It looks like very compacted living. But it looks like there are catwalks between a lot of them, so the residents can visit each other out doors.

Christine Griffin
Christine Griffin

I live in the middle of Oregon and have met many people from countries that have little or no open space. Millions of people. I am very lucky!

D Ram
D Ram

great picture for what it's worth--disgusting living

John Madge
John Madge

My immediate impression was that I was looking at containers on a ship.....and indeed it was, on the good ship "mother Earth"

Noru D.
Noru D.

i would love to live there tho for a coupe of months

Janice H.
Janice H.

Oh my word, that is something!           Takes a while to figure it out.         Living in a box in a box is correct.      One thing that stuck out for me were the small boxes sticking out from the big ones, the air conditioners!         Neat picture but is claustrophobic in many ways.         Very interesting take on living quarters as a photograph and expresses many things.

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

The blurred bruise of the sky (due to the time exposure in this photo) is this urban location's connection with the natural world.  This view induces a sensation of vertigo when I see it as looking down rather than up.  Daylight obscures the infinite regression of interstellar space that's more apparent on a clear night.  Gravity habituates us to seeing the sky as being in the direction of up, but seeing it as 'down' is much more revealing of the innately disturbing insecurity of existing on the surface of a small planet. (Actually, it's remarkable that a great many variables have coalesced to make planet earth so nurturing and supporting of life.) 


Both the sky and the highrise apartment building in this image seem disturbing.  It reminds me of why I prefer to live in a small, rural town in Nova Scotia.

Jia Butt
Jia Butt

ammazing :) as a pic... living in hell in real world

lee spencer
lee spencer

amazing and great eye and imagination with skill to catch this beauti

Ronald Guevarra
Ronald Guevarra

As a picture, it's very good to look at. As a human habitat, it's a hell to live at....

Liz Haren
Liz Haren

I get claustrophobic just looking at it.


Stephen Leigh
Stephen Leigh

Fantastic shot , looks like a huge circuit board. Wonderful stuff .

Pamela Van Nest
Pamela Van Nest

What I find most interesting is that even though the 'units' are identical, the residents have changed each one to make it unique.

Dave Sattler
Dave Sattler

Very cool shot, right out of some sci fi movie scene. Could really play with this and make is a space scene or metropolis scene.


Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Who would have thought to take a picture from this angle? Apparently two people did. Boxed in, up and then ahhhhh out!  The shot really made me feel light headed. What a way to live, what a picture!  j.e.s.........

Willem Wiggers
Willem Wiggers

Someone has stolen the idea for this one... 

Hans Wilschut, a well-known Dutch art photographer of buildings in peculiar circumstances or special contexts, represented in the Netherlands by art galery Ron Mandos, took the same picture on the same place: http://www.hanswilschut.com/en/2013/09/arche-2/

Breathtaking indeed, if you seee Hans' picture at double-poster size!

wally so
wally so

no way in my life could I live in a box like this,not even downtown Chicago appeals to me!!


Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

It looks like an insect constructed it.  I bet ants have more room.

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