Sham Shui Po Highway
Fuji x100s, 35mm, 1/26s, f/16, ISO 200
About two years ago I came over to Hong Kong (when I was still living in Shanghai) and stayed in a really high up hotel room in Sham Shui Po. The view by day was nothing to write home about, but at night I immediately saw the potential. I did two long exposure shots to capture the light trails, one vertical (Slow Hong Kong) and this one. I really like the contrast between the cold tones of the building lines and the warm tones of the highway.
Choose Your Meat
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 1250
For me as a Frenchman used to mostly aseptic butchery stores, the naked meat on display in Hong Kong is both weird and strangely appealing. I have a lot more meat photos to share, but let’s start here.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1000
There are a few pedestrian streets in Wan Chai, in between Johnston Road and Queen’s Road East where street stalls have taken over. While most of them are a food or dry goods (or junk from over the border), there’s a nice enough flower stall there, and the owner seems fairly relaxed.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 800
I often walk past this seafood stall in the Causeway Bay wet market. That evening, the seller had this stance that reminded me of a dancer’s, so I pressed the button.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 s, ISO 2000
There are not many open air wet markets here like you expect to see in France. But there are a lot of indoor markets with tiny stalls one after the other. This stall stood out because it was so small, paradoxically.
Bric a Brac
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/280s, ISO 200
Besides street food which is abundantly available in the streets of Hong Kong, there are a lot of street vendors with the kind of odd selection you can see here. In fact, under this bridge on my way to work there seems to be a different bric a brac reseller every day.
St George’s, Bloomsbury
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400
Did I mention I loved columns? Obviously, this is less spectacular than this kind of shot, but the white columns on darker background make for a really interesting composition (I think). I think ideally this photo could have been enhanced with heavy rain, but for once it wasn’t raining in London!
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 320
In the last 6 months I have taken to walking a lot. When I was in London I did most of my inner city travels walking, which of course is great for street photography. Somewhere between Shoreditch and Covent Garden I saw this street window that I thought was just great: the old design, the bikes in front, everything. I normally try to have a human subject in my street photos but here I felt the shop window was a character in and of itself.
Movable Reclining Chair
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 640
It was early morning in Shoreditch, and when I saw this guy I knew I had a good shot. I managed to creep close enough and capture this picture. We see a lot of guys sleeping on their bikes here in Asia, but none so comfortably.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 1600
I am often attracted to interesting facades, and of course in order to make the pictures more accessible it’s good to have a subject into the frame beyond the building itself. As a consequence I’m very aware that many of my so-called street shots follow a similar composition. It’s something I’ve just started working on, but man are lines addictive…