Photographer captures the hope as post-quake Japan rebuilds itself

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 February, 2012, 12:00am


Louis Choi Ka-fai, a full-time web designer and amateur photographer, boarded a flight to quake-hit northern Japan less than a month after the disaster struck on March 11 last year, and has since been back four more times.

As the photographer appointed by Hong Kong's Post Crisis Counselling Network, Choi (pictured) has been documenting the aftermath on his camera. A selection of his photos taken over the past year is on display in Diamond Hill's Hollywood Plaza shopping mall until March 20.

'Every time I go back, I always feel that they need more help to get back on their feet - on a spiritual level as well,' Choi said.

'That's the reason why I kept going back.'

He has experienced a few aftershocks during his time in Japan, and was understandably worried, but was relieved to see how victims calmly carried on with their lives.

He last went back to the country over the new year.

'One of my favourite shots was taken when a group of victims gathered to see the first rays of sunshine of the year 2012. It was then that I saw the hope in their eyes,' he said.