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.
*Tin Hau Temple*
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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.
*Silver and Gold*
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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.
*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!
*Buddha in the Mist*
The Lantau buddha is quite spectacular in size, and a few hundred meters above sea level. As a consequence, even when the weather is relatively nice by the shore, it’s often shrouded in mist. I wanted to capture that the last time I went there and I was lucky enough that there was a dense fog that veiled the massive statue. Moody, don’t you think ?