Hong Kong is one of the most overly crowded places in the world. With no more land for development and an intensely dense population, Hong Kong has become the most expensive housing market, and thus, people have to start adjusting to  ‘coffin cubicles,” which are just miserable.

Coffin cubicles are these tiny 15 to 120-square-foot (roughly, 1,5-12 m²) apartments that are an insult to human dignity. Basically, making food, sleeping, and doing other things in a tiny space with no other scope define how pathetic the living condition for a human is inside these cubicles.

National Geographic photographer Benny Lam decided to illustrate this statement with his series “Trapped”. He shared on his Facebook page that we cried after coming home.




“You may wonder why we should care, as these people are not a part of our lives,” Benny writes on his Facebook page. “They are exactly the people who come into your life every single day: they are serving you as the waiters in the restaurants where you eat, they are the security guards in the shopping malls you wander around, or the cleaners and the delivery men on the streets you pass through. The only difference between us and them is [their homes]. This is a question of human dignity.”

Take a look at these images that he shared on his Facebook page called the Trapped Series.