*What you lookin’ at?*
This one was a clear case of waiting until the guy looked directly at me. Guess he didn’t look so pleased!
Ricoh GR1 + JCH 400
Tin Hau Temple is just down the road from me, and I walk through the temple grounds to go to the subway station. Usually, it’s the same old sights, but one Sunday a few weeks ago there was clearly a festival going on, with big papier mâché effigies and lots of decorations. And there were these five people chanting just by the temple entrance. I don’t know what the ceremony was and I certainly didn’t want to disturb them, but the robe struck me and I took a quick shot with my discreet Ricoh GR1. Colour film would have been better, probably, but there’s an « old China » feel to this one conveyed by black and white that I quite like nonetheless.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Cinestill 800T
My good friend Jules le Moal is keen to explore how seemingly failed photos can convey something powerful. I think it’s definitely the case with this one. The multiple lights tricked the sensor, auto-metering underexposed, and yet it completely transforms the scene into something a little scary. No longer is the guy with the hat a humble sweet seller, but rather a creepy butcher with a stained apron…
*Lost in Translation*
Ricoh GR1 + Kodak T-Max 400
Sai Kung really is a place apart in Hong Kong. There are lots of stores there that would not survive anywhere else in Hong Kong, selling organic wine, or bulk foods with no packaging. As I was walking past this butchery store, I was struck by this Chinese man trying to decipher a French poster detailing beef cuts.
As I was walking up and down Yaowarat Road in Bangkok looking for street food photo opportunities, I saw this guy frying noodles on an open flame. I stayed a while, trying to capture the moment he flipped the noodles in the air, but that didn’t work. Still, the backlighting from the flames was fantastic, and this is my final choice of a good shot from the scene.
*50 Baht Soup*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Cinestill 800T
Ever since I went on that night photowalk in Mong Kok and shot Cinestill 800T I’ve been exploring the possibilities of night street photography. While it’s technically constraining, it’s also amazingly rewarding. I was in Bangkok for a conference this week and decided to take my XPAN with me and load it with Cinestill for a night foray into the Chinatown street food market. Quite pleased with the results!
Vishal, the owner of Camera Film Photo in Hong Kong says that for an effective street photo you should sometimes wait until your subject looks you straight in the eye. I don’t always have the guts to do it, but I have to say it makes for effective shots. I tried to apply as much of his approach as I dared on Yaowarat Road in Bangkok, taking plenty of photos of the street food market that you can find there every night.
*Red and Gold Flower*
A few weeks back, I went to Ping Shan with my daughter’s class. The Hong Kong government has recently come to the realisation that it was attracting a certain kind of tourists with shopping malls and luxury hotels, but not another kind more interested in history and culture. So they opened the Ping Shan heritage trail, a string of old buildings and temples in the town of Ping Shan just by the border. I’m not sure it’ll be much of a tourist attraction, but I found it really interesting. In the last temple we visited were these paper flowers that I found quite striking…
*The Iron Lady*
By sharing this photo I may be doing something illegal. Because of intellectual property rules (that I frankly consider stupid) the night lights of the Eiffel Towers are IP protected. That’s correct, not the tower itself, but the lights. Oh well, that won’t stop me from taking shots of the tower and sharing them (at least until they sue me…)
*Dublin in a Sphere*
Canon A2 + Ilford FP4+
I can’t for the life of me remember exactly what I shot here. I remember it was a sunny day in Dublin, and I think it was a silver sphere in a shot window but looking at the photo I’m not quite sure. Still, there’s something properly surreal about this (undoctored) photo, so I thought I’d share it.