I’ve started to walk up Braemer Hill every morning to get my heart rate going. More often than lot lately I’ve done this in the rain or drizzle. Last week as I was walking back down to a well deserved shower, I spotted this little nook in between two rusty sewer conduits where the people who clean the leaves in the streets keep their tools. I quite liked the visual appeal of these rusty colours in the damp post-rain atmosphere.
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).
iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, ISO 25
This is perhaps one of the most emblematic views of Hong Kong, in Central at the bottom of D’Aguilar Street. I captured it in our early days of being in Hong Kong, on my iPhone. Still stands the test of time, I think.
iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, 1/100s, ISO 40
The Banyan trees in Hong Kong fascinate me. They’re everywhere, and will seemingly grow over anything. I shoot their roots whenever I can.
iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, 1/900s, ISO 25
In front of the Whakatane Marae, this Whakairo (or Māori carving) really struck my eye. The artwork is intricate, the colours magnificent, and the figure… quite scary!
iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, 1/2300s, ISO 25
This beach in Langkawi Island was magnificent, and the tree framing the beach was quite spectacular as well. Turns out there was a venomous snake in the tree, but we only saw it later (and moved away real quick…)