HKFP Lens: Oleg Tolstoy captures Hongkongers’ passive resistance in a time of turmoil | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

HKFP Lens: Oleg Tolstoy captures Hongkongers’ passive resistance in a time of turmoil | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

In his series “Hongkongers,” London-based photographer Oleg Tolstoy has captured the people of Hong Kong holding umbrellas, an everyday item which also featured at pro-democracy protests and became symbolic of passive resistance in turbulent times.

Photo: Oleg Tolstoy.

Tolstoy took to the streets to photograph ordinary lives in an extraordinary political climate. His latest series was shot on Queens Road Central, where pedestrians shield themselves from the rain with umbrellas, in what he calls a potent symbol of protection from both nature and nation.

Photo: Oleg Tolstoy.

“The images cried out to be adapted to reflect the changing landscape,” said Tolstoy. “I cut and reconfigured the photographs, experimenting with scratch techniques and red paint to recontextualise the series. The images now document a distorted reality.”

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