A massive Burberry ad is reflected over Causeway Bay, one of Hong Kong's busiest commercial districts, as protestors occupy the streets below in the early evening.
These photos are currently being used in an ongoing project whereby occupiers and artists have been invited to alter/deface/improve/transmute photos of the Occupy Hong Kong movement. The hope is that, by reintroducing documentation of Occupy into the active occupation sites with no guidelines or restrictions, the resulting productions will offer an honest and widely representative reflection of the current mood, frustrations and aspirations of those that make up the movement. Like the movement itself, this project values the individual voice and the collective statement.
More info here
A young organiser disguises himself to remain anonymous in the make-shift tent that has served as the nerve-centre of the the Mong Kok occupation.
Protestors raise their mobile phones during a huge rally in Admiralty, the night after police used tear gas to disperse crowds.
Mong Kok has been the site of the most robust arguments regarding both the goals and the tactics of the occupiers.
Friday night saw Mong Kok at its most contentious. Agitators with alleged triad links intimidated and assaulted protestors, and the police were seen by many as responding very slowly or even colluding. The area around Nathan Road and Argyle Street, one of the busiest intersections in the world, was beset through the night with clashes between protestors, anti-occupiers and police.
Chris, a student occupier, prepares for another round of tear gas in Admiralty. Masks, rain ponchos and yellow ribbons were among the supplies freely distributed by highly organized volunteers throughout the week.
A man takes a break from the action and checks his mobile phone on Nathan Road in Mong Kok.
An older man is booed and pulled from the main stage in Admiralty after expressing the view that students should be happy with their achievements and return home. In a display typical of the civility at Admiralty, students later sat on the ground and amicably discussed their differing opinions with the man for several hours.
Occupiers rest while a resident observes the clashes in Mong Kok.
Protestors yell at and ridicule police officers in Mong Kok, demanding explanations after a night during which anti-occupy agitators assaulted secondary students, women and journalists.
As police in Mong Kok escort an anti-occupier from the scene at 2:00 am, the crowd rock and smack the police van and gesture angrily at the anti-occupier.
An occupier relaxes on his bed in Mong Kok.
Young protestors in a homemade tent chat during quiet moments in Admiralty.
The protests coincided with National Day, a celebration of Hong Kong's ties with China. Because of the occupation, planned fireworks were cancelled and other ceremonies became sites of anti-Chinese demonstrations. Here, security guards in a near-empty Victoria Park sit beside a stand of Chinese Flags, just blocks from the Causeway Bay occupation.
A student occupier in protective gear rests momentarily against a road barrier in Admiralty.
Police and broken umbrellas outside of the Government Complex in Admiralty on September 29th. The ubiquitous umbrellas had been used to defend against pepper spray, and became the dominant symbol of the "Umbrella Revolution".
The same site on October 7th had been transformed into a wall covered in thousands of post-it notes supporting the democratic goals of the occupation.
Student occupiers regroup away from the main protest area in Admiralty.
A man who had been pepper sprayed by police is attended to by volunteer medics in Mong Kok.
Mong Kok also produced its share of memorable characters, including Captain America and his sidekick, seen here.
Although by nature temporary, the "Lennon Wall" has become a powerful symbol of the occupation and its democratic ideals.
Joshua Wong Chi-fung (黃之鋒), the 17-year-old student activist and de facto face of the occupation, was arrested early in the week. After his release, he addressed the crowds at Admiralty and urged them to not give up or go home.
An older occupier sleeps out in Admiralty, in front of the Chief Executive's office.
A man considers the discarded head of Chief Executive CY Leung as a vampire. The vampire cutout had first appeared moving through the huge crowds of Admiralty on Monday night, where it was loudly booed.
On Sunday, October 5th, a local man climbed to the top of a bridge in Admiralty and tried to persuade the occupiers to leave, so that his three young children could go back to their school, which had been forced to close. After several hours of addressing the crowds and negotiating with emergency services, the man knocked his megaphone to the inflatable cushions set up below and allowed himself to be arrested.
An older man was enthusiastically received by the crowds at Admiralty after a speech urging the students and occupiers to keep fighting and to not trust the government.
Major thoroughfares and tunnels have remained barricaded for weeks.
On October 13th, clashes between occupy supporters and opponents who tried to remove barricades spread out of the Admiralty site and into Queensway, neccessitating a sizable police deployment.
An occupier sleeps under a thin reflective sheet on the Admiralty flyover. Behind him, spelled out in tape, is the slogan 我衛我, which roughly translates to "I Protect Myself".
A young Hong Konger surveys the multitudes from a bridge in Admiralty. Huge crowds continued to show up into late October.
Qing, who also goes by the name Eco Witch, established the on-site recycling program near the Legislative Council Building. Here, she relaxes in an ad hoc living room with a pillow she had sewn from two discarded umbrellas.
On the night of November 18th, a large group of masked young people descended without warning on the LegCo area. It was eventually revealed that they had organized through HK Golden with the intent of disrupting the following day's council meeting. At issue was "Internet Article 23", which is feared could be used to curtail online creative freedom. As it turned out, Internet Article 23 wasn't actually on the schedule for the next day's council.
Occupiers, unsure of the intentions of the HK Golden contingent but sensing trouble, pleaded with them to leave.
After several hours of confusion, individuals from the group succeeded in throwing a metal barrier through the plate glass doors of LegCo. Most moderate occupiers felt it to be a deeply unhelpful act in service to a goal at best marginally related to the main cause of democracy via civic nomination.
As the Occupy phase of the movement wound down, it was unclear even among the students leaders how best to continue.
As eviction loomed, the final nights of the occupy site at Admiralty were characterized by an atmosphere by turns reflective, optimistic, frustrated and, on the final night, almost festive. Here, Lester Shum, one of the most recognizable student leaders from HKFS, poses for pictures with admirers.
The much-heralded Study Center on December 10th, as students said their goodbyes. Powered by exercise bikes, the Study Center symbolized for many the discipline and maturity of the students involved, and will undoubtably be remembered as the site of formative political awakenings for many of Hong Kong's youth.
In the waning days of the movement, a constant refrain of coming back could be heard and seen. Here, young occupiers from the "Chater Views" tent paint a banner expressing their commitment to universal suffrage. This photo is from December 10th, the final night of the occupation.
On December 11th, the 75th day of the occupation, thousands of police executed an injunction to clear the remaining sites. They faced little resistance, in stark contrast to the events of September 28th. A few hundred protestors refused to evict the site, and waited mostly passively to be arrested.
By late afternoon, little evidence of the occupation remained.