Visual artist, designer, and musician Marcel Heijnen uses photography to express his curiosity-driven creativity. Originally from the Netherlands, he has been calling Asia home for the past 26 years.


When he moved to Hong Kong he was immediately drawn to an unusual local phenomenon – cats living inside the traditional shops and markets – so he made a photography series. Although focusing on the fabulous furry companions of shop owners, his photographs reveal the busy and colorful behind-the-scenes of Hong Kong’s businesses. His collection of feline businessmen quickly turned into a charming book titled “Hong Kong Shop Cats”, and you can peek into the book by checking the post previously featured on Bored Panda.

This time, Marcel is back with more employed pets that brighten workers’ days. For his new brilliant series “Hong Kong Garage Dogs”, he has captured dogs living in car workshops, guarding them from potential thieves. With all the dirt, oil, engines and generally manly environment, these photos might not necessarily look cute on the outside, but they most definitely prove Marcel’s words: that dogs are “the ying to the shop cats’ yang”.


His new book featuring canine models is launching on November 29th at G.O.D. PMQ.


Scroll down the page to see how dogs blend into Hong Kong’s urban life.

More info: chinesewhiskers.com | Instagram | marcelheijnen.com

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Photographer Does A Brilliant Project On The Dogs Guarding The Auto Thieves Workshops In Hong Kong

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C 5 months ago

can I pawsibly help you?

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Bob White 5 months ago

"I guess you all are wondering why I called this meeting".

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Nora Tak 5 months ago

Love this dog :) ♥️

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Roald Andresen 5 months ago

"This is MINE!"

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Brigitta Swart 5 months ago

Gorgeous photographer, no I mean dog, no I mean both! :-)

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Daria B 5 months ago

This one could totally serve as a cover for a sci-fi comicbook or video game.

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Pepper 5 months ago

peek a boo

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Pepper 5 months ago

whos a good boy

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Troux 5 months ago

Would have been better if there was a Corgi near the equipment!

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Night Owl 5 months ago

He's so proud of his dog

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Night Owl 5 months ago (edited)

Probably not what really happened, but I imagine an old car repairman instructing his dogs to go after the thief

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sharron lynn parsons 5 months ago

Looks like a pretty girl !!!

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sharron lynn parsons 5 months ago

Why is he wearing the cone ?

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Pretty Pangolin 5 months ago

Making sure nobody messes with the shrine.

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diane a 5 months ago

Nice to see they are getting vet treatment when needed

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Bob White 5 months ago

I only bite jerks, but jerks sue people.

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Bea Mee 5 months ago

I can feel the funk.

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Lou Wow 5 months ago

I don't think the dogs needs are being met here. What a sad life.

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Lou Wow 5 months ago

Come on! Would it hurt to give them a blanket each? 😞

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sharron lynn parsons 5 months ago

This one would run off, if it wasn't happy !!!

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