To Infinity and Beyond…
One of the things that surprised me in Hong Kong is the constant presence of trees, despite the unbelievable urban density. It’s sub-tropical here, and you can feel it not just in the weather but in the surprising audacity of vegetation. I’ve taken to framing my upward shots with branches whenever I can.
In certain streets when you look straight up, you see the jagged edges of buildings nearly on all sides. It’s a very impressive sight and one that I’ve only seen here.
Do you see the sea ?
One of the things I love here is that it’s relatively easy to reach high vantage points which give you amazing photo opportunities. Sure, this was shot through a window on the 10th floor of a commercial building, but you wouldn’t know to look at it, would you ? I was looking down on this small building surrounded on all sides by massive scrapers, thinking that it must feel a tad claustrophobic living there…
Walking the streets of Hong Kong offers tons of photo opportunities, but not just in the street genre. If you start looking upwards you see a whole lot of interesting lines and textures. As the only camera I always have with me is the iPhone, I’ve been shooting a fair bit of it these last few weeks. This one is from Causeway Bay.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/4, 1/800s, ISO 200
For this last shot I went pretty far on the grungy post-treatment, using lots of scratching and dirtying in Analog Efex 2. Some might thing it’s too much, but I quite like it.
Fuji X-Pro2, 56mm, f/4, 1/800s, ISO 200
There’s a fishman character in the Hellboy comic called Abe Sapien. When I was processing this shot I couldn’t help thinking it looked a bit like him, so I called it Abe…
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/4, 1/750s, ISO 200
There’s a roleplaying game called Apocalypse World that has a woman with a red gas mask on the cover. Dogan wanted to emulate that and he had a red T-Shirt so he wrapped it around his head. We took a few shots and then I told him to drop the T-Shirt and do a shot bare-chested. This one is my favourite.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/4, 1/280s, ISO 200
When I shot this series I was worried that everyone would look the same (since the faces are not exactly visible). So it becomes about other things: accessories, postures, post-processing, etc. In the end a fair number of the 29 photos are interesting in their own right.
Fuji X-Pro 2, 85mm, f/2.8, 1/900s, ISO 200
In July I usually take part in a friendly game meet-up. There’s about 30 of us there, sharing a house and playing role-playing games for a few days. I usually do portraits and this year someone had brought a gas mask, so I decided that would be the theme for the portrait session. Julien wanted to wear his hoodie over the gas mask and I thought he looked like a dead ringer for the more violent protestors who had been walking the streets of France only a few weeks before, hence the title of the shot. The whole series was shot outdoors with no gear apart from the camera itself.
Where the pigeons perch
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 800
Throughout my canal excursion I found the houses fascinating, especially the ones on stilts. It’s hard to imagine that this is in the heart of a 6 million inhabitant metropolis. Not to mention the birds: they live there too!