One cultural difference that you quickly notice when living in Asia is that people are not shy about sleeping in public (although now that I think about it, it seems to be mostly men). This is much more spectacular in mainland China where you’ll find guys asleep literally everywhere, but you do see it in Hong Kong as well, as shown here.
Hong Kong is such a modern city that you get constant surprises at how backwards some aspects of it are. When I saw this guy hauling stone on his back, I just could not believe it.
I love those tiny shrines on the curb in Hong Kong. If you’re not on the lookout, you just might miss them. I love the idea that size is not what matters to worship…
*Tin Hau Temple*
iPhone 6 + Hipstamatic
As a Western European, you’re used to grandiose places of worship, built in the middle ages in the glory of the Lord. In Hong Kong, most places of worship are tiny and mostly discreet, but no less beautiful for it. Tin Hau Temple on Hong Kong Island (there are many more temples to Tin Hau elsewhere) is one such temple, but when the doors close at night, it takes on a very different look. This is what I wanted to capture here.
*Tai Hang Tags*
iPhone + Hipstamatic
Tai Hang is one of my favourite places to hang around and shoot in Hong Kong. Often, I shoot street, but this still life of sorts called out to me. There’s a neat kind of balance between the four elements in this shot.
*Silver and Gold*
iPhone 6 + Hipstamatic
The Lippo (silver, on the left) is one of the most distinctive buildings in Hong Kong, but the proximity to the Far East Financial Center (gold, on the right) makes a shot with the two of them at the right time of day a compelling proposition. I quite like the contrast they make.
iPhone 6S + Hipstamatic
A street fountain in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. Morning light and a cold hipstamatic filter did the trick (I think).
*Ferry in the Sunset*
One of my favourite things to do in Hong Kong is just to take the ferry accross from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon. It’s only ten minutes, but these rickety old ferries have so much character and the view is spectacular. On this particular evening, we were on a tourist boat to show some family members around, and one of these spectacular stormy sunsets that we have in early summer occured. Not bad !
*Builders on a Wall*
One of the things that fascinates me visually and therefore makes it into my photography more often than not is repetition. Usually it’s a repetition of inanimate objects, but on this particular occasion it was people. As soon as I spotted these three guys taking a well deserved break from work and heat, I knew I had to capture the scene!
*Enter the Dragon*
The Tin Hau Fire Dragon Walk is an annual celebration dating back to the XIXth century. The Dragon is a massively long rope coil with a wooden dragon head at the front. It’s spiked with lit incense sticks on its entire length and local volunteers carry it around throughout the festival. It’s a really fun and really local thing, and this year we were lucky enough to be able to attend. I didn’t manage to capture any really good shots of the head, but the length of the body is a sight to behold!