*Hong Kong Parenting*
Ricoh GR1 + Kodak TMax 400
We were walking down the jetty in Sai Kung on a wet spring day when I spotted this kid. I think I’d already spotted him once. He was lounging on a folding chair, protected by a large umbrella watching a movie on a tablet. That’s modern parenting, Hong Kong style for you!
It’s incredible how a harsh sun will exacerbate strong colours, creating very contrasty scenes. This was shot in the streets of Peng Chau and I like it a lot.
To be fair it was brutally hot in Peng Chau, but I didn’t expect to see a man showering from a public tap…
For Dragonboat festival we went to Peng Chau so we could see the boat races without massive crowds to deal with. It was fun, and one of the things I focused on was the periphery of the festival. The heat was brutal, and some of the organisers rested in the water in between races, including this guy with his flip flops.
*Pier 41 at Dawn*
Pier 41 in San Francisco is a wooden pier that juts out into the bay. It has these old fashioned lampposts that stay on all night, and last time I was in San Francisco I decided to check it out at dawn. It wasn’t an insanely superb sunrise, but the subdued colours were really lovely.
On sundays, Victoria Park and the surrounding areas are filled with Indonesian helpers getting together. It’s their day off, they get together, eat food they prepared for each other, play music, sing prayers. It’s both colourful and moving. But with the Black March yesterday, their usual meeting grounds were teeming with people. I imagine many of them stayed home, or met elsewhere, but still a few of these Indonesian helpers were to be seen alongside the roads where the protestors marched. I nabbed this quick shot because I loved the smiles on their faces and the bare feet.
*Hong Kong in the Streets*
Today, for the third time in a week, Hong Kong is in the streets. Last Sunday, over 1m people walked peacefully to the LegCo (the seat of the HK government) in opposition of a proposed law enabling Chinese authorities to extradite anyone to be tried in China. Last Wednesday, when the law was supposed to be debated, another walk was savagely repressed, causing one death and shocking those who walked as well as those who didn’t. The law was postponed yesterday, but today a third march (apparently peaceful from what I could see) was maintained. I didn’t do the whole walk but was in the middle of the crowd for a while. This is not a fantastic shot, but it’s a tribute to the brave citizens who made their will known.
The weather in Hong Kong has been awful these last few weeks. Rain virtually everyday, sometimes all day, except a few milder days here and there. The sunsets from my balcony reflect that, and last night’s was no exception. The cloud cover broke just as the sun was setting bit in a really strange way. Looked like a puzzle with missing pieces out there…
*The Faceless Man*
The bad guy in the really fun novel series The Rivers of London is a guy called « the faceless man ». When I took this picture in London, I wasn’t thinking about those books, but interestingly enough, the early morning sun burned my subject’s face and while you’d normally consider that a failed shot, there’s something a little magical about how it comes out here.
Ricoh GR1 + JCH 400
On my last Sham Shui Po photowalk I discovered the wet market. Wet markets in Hong Kong are nearly all inside, probably because of the stifling heat for 6 months in the year. I wasn’t sure how my Ricoh GR1 would fare with 400 ISO film, so I switched the tiny little flash unit to auto. To be fair, I was never sure the flash worked or not, because the lights inside were powerful. Anyway, this was my best shot from there, catching the motion of the fishmonger cutting up the fish.