Parallels of devastation, March 21

21 Mar 2014

Vincent Yu Wai-kin, 49, an award-winning Hong Kong photojournalist, travelled to Japan to capture images of devastation on his iPhone, 10 days after the magnitude-9.0 Tohoku earthquake that struck northeast Japan, on March 11, 2011, triggering a massive tsunami.

What he saw reminded him of the destruction of Hiroshima when a nuclear bomb was dropped on the city by the United States on August 6, 1945, in the final days of the second world war. “History seems to be repeating itself again and again,” Yu says.

He visited Hiroshima in 2012 to take more photographs on his iPhone, including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and exhibits at the memorial museum, such as a bomb-damaged watch and a soldier’s tattered uniform.

Yu took more than 5,000 black-and-white images and has expressed his impressions through the exhibition, Hiroshima vs Japan 311 (Soliloquize). Featuring 15 large images, plus another 100 pictures shown by a projector, the exhibition opens tomorrow at 3pm at the Lumenvisum gallery, in Shek Kip Mei, and runs until April 20. For details of the exhibition, go to