The Avenue of Stars - Selfie - and Posing with Bruce.
There are a collection of photos doing the rounds by Luisa Dörr and Navin Kala that capture various people taking selfies on Hong Kong’s ‘Avenue of Stars’.
The photos are great but I immediately thought of the paper a student turned in for me over a year ago when I taught Anthropology of the Body. She had camped out by the Bruce Lee statue on the ‘Avenue of Stars’ and observed and analysed the ways in which people would take photos at the iconic landmark.
In her thought provoking research she noted the propensity for people strike a Kung Fu pose, or to try and touch or climb on the statue itself. Seldom was there a sombre and uninspired pose. She noted in particular the change that people would encounter as they approached and then engaged with the statue. The passing of a camera to a friend, the spontaneous emulation of the legendary actor.
The selfie is certainly a big feature of the ‘Avenue of Stars’, but the full body pose, captured by friends or passers by is notable feature of the Bruce Lee statue.