Crab Seniors

Michelle Chan

Hong Kong 

At Wu Kai Sha, a pier which appears to be like another other beaches in Hong Kong, comes alive at the crack of dawn every morning. The ocean is filled with seniors from around the neighbourhood or even across town. Some go there to swim to keep up with their physical mobility, some go to train for triathlons and ocean marathons, some don’t even know how to swim but bring a float board with them so they can do stretching in water, some go there to connect and chat with friends, and some take their grandchildren there and teach them swimming.

This pier has a Chinese nickname – 蟹伯樂園 – it means a waterpark/playground for the seniors. And at 6am, the sea opens as a theme-park for welcoming this community of seniors, to gather together and grow mutual supports, as a way to pass time during their elderly years.


Michelle is a visual storyteller. She works with different artistic medium combining texts, images, illustrations and sounds to create different narratives. Her work has been exhibited in some of the major places in Hong Kong such as Hong Kong Arts Centre and Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and internationally including Arles, Beijing, Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, Siem Reap, Taipei and Toronto etc.
In 2017, she had her very first solo exhibition in Kubrick Hong Kong for her series “A Tale of City Hong Kong”. 
In 2019, her series “Crab Seniors” shortlisted for the Alfred Fried Photography Award and won the International Photography Women Awards.
She is an INFJ. 
She is currently based in Hong Kong.