The Roadsider/路邊‧草

Vehicle emissions are a major source of air pollution at street level in Hong Kong — particularly in urban areas. Of specific concern are emissions from diesel commercial vehicles, which produce large amounts of particulates and nitrogen oxides. In a crowded urban environment with busy road traffic, like Hong Kong, pollutants can be easily trapped at street level.

The aim of this project is to photograph collected samples of roadside vegetation from several districts in Hong Kong located close to or in landfills, container yards, and urban areas. These include Lung Kwu Tan, Tseung Kwan O, Lau Fau Shan, Kwai Chung, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay.

Polluted plant specimens were photographed using a standardized typological photography methodology. Details of tiny particles and dust covering each sample of roadside vegetation are visible in each photo, emphasizing that vehicle emissions is a main culprit of air pollution in Hong Kong. The plants were easily collected, because the roots and branches were weak and fragile due to the adverse conditions in which they lived. Dust, particles, and toxic gases block the sunlight, and stop photosynthesis, killing roadside vegetation slowly.

This is a disorderliness created by an uncontrollable urban expansion. The nature is invaded, plants and trees are forced to involve in this game of human desire. However, ironically, the same toxins that roadside vegetation absorb, is actually what we breathe on the streets everyday. The death of vegetation is an indication of abominable air quality, and the degree of human invasion.


Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay - 銅鑼灣軒尼詩道

Lung Kwu Tan Road, Lung Kwu Tan - 龍鼓灘龍鼓灘路

Nathan Road, Mong Kok - 旺角彌敦道

Nim Wan Road, Lung Kwu Tan - 龍鼓灘稔灣路

Deep Bay Road, Lau Fau Shan - 流浮山深灣路

Container Port Road, Kwai Chung 1 - 葵涌貨櫃碼頭路一

Container Port Road, Kwai Chung 2 - 葵涌貨櫃碼頭路二

Causeway Road, Causeway Bay - 銅鑼灣高士威道

Wan Po Road, Tseung Kwan O 1 - 將軍澳環保大道一

Wan Po Road, Tseung Kwan O 2 - 將軍澳環保大道二

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