About the Book
I always liked the idea of the Australian, Aboriginal “walkabout’, so I decided to do "walkabouts" in Hong Kong on my last several visits. The easiest way for me to do this is to take the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) to different areas of the city, get off, and walk around. A walkabout to me means walking around an area without a clear, concise destination in mind. I'm just looking carefully at the surroundings and focusing on things that interest me visually. I'm interested in people, structures, signage, etc., and I feel that all the movement and momentum on the street is fair game and photographable. I’m new to the area. I realize that I sometimes stand out among the locals, and like a kid in a candy store, I’m willing to take as much as I can get without seeming greedy.
Joel DeGrand holds an MFA in photography from the University of Oregon and a BS in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has been a photographer since his early childhood, and has taught art and photography since 1968. He has participated in numerous one-person, group exhibitions, and workshops in the United States and abroad, and his work is included in many museums, corporations, private collections and publications. He has published 16 books of his photography and won many awards for his work over the years including an (NEA) National Endowment for the Arts grant.