Tunnel of love

A couple pose for wedding photographs in a tunnel usually busy with traffic, leading to a main road occupied by pro-democracy protestors in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on October 11, 2014. A Hong Kong pro-government group said Saturday demonstrators occupying main roads to protest for full democracy would find themselves surrounded if the city's administration failed to clear the barricades. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A couple pose for wedding photographs in a tunnel usually busy with traffic, leading to a main road occupied by pro-democracy protestors in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on October 11, 2014. A Hong Kong pro-government group said Saturday demonstrators occupying main roads to protest for full democracy would find themselves surrounded if the city’s administration failed to clear the barricades. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

One night in Mongkok

Police form a line to prevent onlookers from entering an area being used by pro-democracy protestors in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Hong Kong student leaders have called off talks with the government aimed at bringing an end to mass pro-democracy rallies, accusing police of failing to act over violent attacks on their protest camps by opposition crowds that included Beijing supporters.    AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Police form a line to prevent onlookers from entering an area being used by pro-democracy protestors in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protestors form a human chain to guard a tent being used by them in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Hong Kong student leaders have called off talks with the government aimed at bringing an end to mass pro-democracy rallies, accusing police of failing to act over violent attacks on their protest camps by opposition crowds that included Beijing supporters.    AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protestors form a human chain to guard a tent being used by them in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A man (top) uses pliers to cut a red string (top centre L) being used to support a tent being used by pro-democracy protestors in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Hong Kong student leaders have called off talks with the government aimed at bringing an end to mass pro-democracy rallies, accusing police of failing to act over violent attacks on their protest camps by opposition crowds that included Beijing supporters.    AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A man (top) uses pliers to cut a red string (top centre L) being used to support a tent being used by pro-democracy protestors in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A police officer looks on from within a cordoned area being used to protect a group of pro-democracy protestors in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Hong Kong student leaders have called off talks with the government aimed at bringing an end to mass pro-democracy rallies, accusing police of failing to act over violent attacks on their protest camps by opposition crowds that included Beijing supporters.    AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A police officer looks on from within a cordoned area being used to protect a group of pro-democracy protestors in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A group of pro-democracy protestors is escorted out of their tent by police as onlookers shout at them in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Hong Kong student leaders have called off talks with the government aimed at bringing an end to mass pro-democracy rallies, accusing police of failing to act over violent attacks on their protest camps by opposition crowds that included Beijing supporters.    AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A group of pro-democracy protestors is escorted out of their tent by police as onlookers shout at them in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

An injured pro-democracy protestor is escorted out of his tent by police as onlookers shout at him in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Hong Kong student leaders have called off talks with the government aimed at bringing an end to mass pro-democracy rallies, accusing police of failing to act over violent attacks on their protest camps by opposition crowds that included Beijing supporters.    AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

An injured pro-democracy protestor is escorted out of his tent by police as onlookers shout at him in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Police create a line allowing easy passage for pro-democracy protestors from their tent in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Hong Kong student leaders have called off talks with the government aimed at bringing an end to mass pro-democracy rallies, accusing police of failing to act over violent attacks on their protest camps by opposition crowds that included Beijing supporters.    AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Police create a line allowing easy passage for pro-democracy protestors from their tent in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A man (C) makes verbal threats against pro-democracy protestors in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Hong Kong student leaders have called off talks with the government aimed at bringing an end to mass pro-democracy rallies, accusing police of failing to act over violent attacks on their protest camps by opposition crowds that included Beijing supporters.    AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A man (C) makes verbal threats against pro-democracy protestors in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A man (C) makes verbal threats against pro-democracy protestors in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Hong Kong student leaders have called off talks with the government aimed at bringing an end to mass pro-democracy rallies, accusing police of failing to act over violent attacks on their protest camps by opposition crowds that included Beijing supporters.    AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A man (C) makes verbal threats against pro-democracy protestors in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protestors form a human chain to guard a tent being used by them in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Hong Kong student leaders have called off talks with the government aimed at bringing an end to mass pro-democracy rallies, accusing police of failing to act over violent attacks on their protest camps by opposition crowds that included Beijing supporters.    AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protestors form a human chain to guard a tent being used by them in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A group of people make verbal threats against pro-democracy protestors (L) in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Hong Kong student leaders have called off talks with the government aimed at bringing an end to mass pro-democracy rallies, accusing police of failing to act over violent attacks on their protest camps by opposition crowds that included Beijing supporters.    AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A group of people make verbal threats against pro-democracy protestors (L) in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A pro-democracy protestor (C) is checked by medical starff as he lies injured in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Hong Kong student leaders have called off talks with the government aimed at bringing an end to mass pro-democracy rallies, accusing police of failing to act over violent attacks on their protest camps by opposition crowds that included Beijing supporters.    AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A pro-democracy protestor (C) is checked by medical staff as he lies injured on a road in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Outside the CE office

These were taken one morning outside main entrance of the Chief Executive’s office, which was blocked by the protestors. Trust had been lost in the police after they had allegedly transported boxes containing ammunition supplies into the governor’s building with an ambulance, so the protestors were wanting to check further ambulance’s driving past barricades. A police officer was apparently taken ill due to the intense heat and needed medical attention. After some negotiations, the protesters allowed an ambulance through their barricades and the officer was taken away.

Police form a line to as they prepare to return behind their barricades after an ambulance was allowed to pass through them during a gathering of pro-democracy protestors outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.   Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Police form a line to as they prepare to return behind their barricades after an ambulance was allowed to pass through them during a gathering of pro-democracy protestors outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Police form a line to make way for an ambulance as pro-democracy protestors shout slogans outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Police form a line to make way for an ambulance as pro-democracy protestors shout slogans outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A pro-democracy protestor prepares to lay on the floor to ensure no more traffic can pass through after an ambulance was allowed to pass through barricades outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A pro-democracy protestor prepares to lay on the floor to ensure no more traffic can pass through after an ambulance was allowed to pass through barricades outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protestors shout slogans directed at the police outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protestors shout slogans directed at the police outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protestors shout slogans directed at the police outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protestors shout slogans directed at the police outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Rain falls as pro-democracy protestors sing the song ìHoi Fut Tin Hungî (Under a Vast Sky) by Hong Kong band "Beyond" -- a rallying anthem of Hong Kongís protesters -- outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Rain falls as pro-democracy protestors sing the song ìHoi Fut Tin Hungî (Under a Vast Sky) by Hong Kong band “Beyond” — a rallying anthem of Hong Kongís protesters — outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Dreaming of a better future

The site of pro-democracy protesters resting on their highway, blocked off by barricades, is one we now almost take for granted in Hong Kong. A first time visitor might not be able to imagine that this currently serene and peaceful spot was one of the main traffic routes less than a month ago.

I wish I could have been there to witness protesters spilling onto the road because they felt they had no better alternative to voice their demands. The sound of the collective sounding of commuter horns must have been pretty exhilarating to the ears of the students. I’m amazed they have managed to stay this long after subsequently being exposed to tear gas, pepper spray, charging police and possibly most annoyingly of all, getting soaked to the bone during hours of heavy rain followed by passing gusts of cool wind – and then blazing sun.

My journey to work does take longer these days, but I love my commute, walking in an area that has now come to represent what Hong Kong is about, for me at least. And long may it last.

Pro-democracy protesters protect themselves from the sun on the side of a flyover near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Hong Kong police said on September 29 tear gas was deployed "87 times" in clashes with pro-democracy protesters on September 28 as they defended their controversial use of force against crowds in the usually stable city. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters protect themselves from the sun on the side of a flyover near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Hong Kong police said on September 29 tear gas was deployed “87 times” in clashes with pro-democracy protesters on September 28 as they defended their controversial use of force against crowds in the usually stable city. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters sleep on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters sleep on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A pro-democracy protester working as medical volunteer sleeps in a makeshift supplies area on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A pro-democracy protester working as medical volunteer sleeps in a makeshift supplies area on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters sleep in their makeshift supplies outlet on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters sleep in their makeshift supplies outlet on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A man walks past a group of pro-democracy protesters sleeping on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A man walks past a group of pro-democracy protesters sleeping on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters sleep on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters sleep on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters rest on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.   Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters rest on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy protestors hold up their mobile phones after heavy rain in Hong Kong on September 30, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protestors hold up their mobile phones after heavy rain in Hong Kong on September 30, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China’s refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE