Visual artist, designer, and musician Marcel Heijnen uses photography to express his curiosity-driven creativity. Originally from the Netherlands, he has been calling Asia home for the past 26 years.
When he moved to Hong Kong he was immediately drawn to an unusual local phenomenon – cats living inside the traditional shops and markets – so he made a photography series. Although focusing on the fabulous furry companions of shop owners, his photographs reveal the busy and colorful behind-the-scenes of Hong Kong’s businesses. His collection of feline businessmen quickly turned into a charming book titled “Hong Kong Shop Cats”.
This time, Marcel is back with more employed pets that brighten workers’ days. For his new brilliant series “Hong Kong Garage Dogs”, he has captured dogs living in car workshops, guarding them from potential thieves. With all the dirt, oil, engines and generally manly environment, these photos might not necessarily look cute on the outside, but they most definitely prove Marcel’s words: that dogs are “the ying to the shop cats’ yang”.
His new book featuring canine models is launching on November 29th at G.O.D. PMQ.
Scroll down the page to see how dogs blend into Hong Kong’s urban life.