Hordes of posing couples have picturesque Shek O singing wedding bell blues
There is nothing like a good wedding, but the trend in recent years for happy couples to have their photographs taken in idyllic Shek O has worn a bit thin for some living there.
The beachside village located on the southeastern corner of Hong Kong Island has become a haven for newly-weds looking for romantic photographs. There is no law against having your picture taken from a public thoroughfare in front of someone's house if you find it attractive.
But the frequent appearance of such formally clad couples and their entourages has become too much for some. One resident who lives in a brightly coloured, orange house that couples regularly select as a photographic backdrop is beginning to tire of the perceived intrusion.
The resident, who preferred to remain anonymous, said she had nothing against the couples being photographed outside her house, but took issue with the entourages they normally brought with them.
'It's the photographers and their assistants that can cause problems,' she said. 'At times they stop traffic and can be a nuisance. If you have any pets like dogs it can be upsetting for them as well.'
The resident was in the process of painting her house a different colour, but denied that this was because of all the attention it attracted from enthusiastic wedding couples.
Another resident complained about wedding couples being a nuisance, but also preferred to remain anonymous, saying: 'I came to Shek O to live a quiet life, so putting my name in the paper is not going to give me that.'
Byng Hum, who has lived in Shek O for 23 years, takes issue not with the wedding couples but the 'pseudo-models'. Such amateur models, who appear annually at Hong Kong's Book Fair promoting themselves by selling books of their pictures, also flock to Shek O to have photographs taken around town.
'They come with this herd of photographers and their assistants following them and pose all over the place for photographs,' he said. 'Most people here think it is funny and don't really pass any remarks. They're not doing any harm. The only complaint is if they leave a mess behind them after they've finished.'
The Southern District councillor for Stanley and Shek O, Chan Lee Pui-ying, said that those who had been affected by either wedding couples or pseudo-models posing for photographs outside their premises should 'consult their lawyer or visit the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for future action'.