Not Made for Normal
Canon A2, 20mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 100
Film : Provia 100F
I’ve only recently started composing using wide-angle opportunities offered by street adverts. This one was shot during my film period after my digital camera got stolen and before my new digital camera was purchased.
Erhu in Central
Fuji Xpro-2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/1800s, ISO 200
The Erhu is a Chinese violin that sounds atrocious to my European ears. But when you find an Erhu player on an overpass in Central and that he lets you take your time shooting a portrait, you can tolerate the sound for a few seconds, open nearly all the way to f/1.4 and get a nice bokeh in the background of your street portrait !
Fuji XPro-2, 30mm, f/8, 1/160s, ISO 200
Tai Hang is full of garages, and some of them are clearly more… specialized than others. I don’t know what’s so particular about the windshields of Japanese cars, but it looks like this guy has got you covered !
Mobile & Smoke
Fuji XPro-2, 85mm, f/4, 1/160s, ISO 200
While there isn’t as much smoking in Hong Kong as there is in mainland China, it’s still a smoking city, something which you see less and less in Europe. So forget about the coffee and mobile addictions, this is the real thing here!
Coffee or Mobile ?
Fuji XPro-2, 80mm, f/8, 1/80s, ISO 200
Shooting people talking on mobile phones has become such a trope of street photography that it’s become boring. What attracted me to this shot thought was that every subject is holding either a cup or a phone. Addictions of a different sort, maybe ?
Food & Fortune
Fuji XPro-2, 75mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1600
There are certain things that you really only see in America. But a few years back I already published a shot called « Only in America » so this one had to be called something else. Still, where else in the world are you going to find psychics with their own storefronts next to taco stores ?
Fuji Xpro-2, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1000
The Velvet Margarita Cantina is a very nice Mexican restaurant in LA with a very nice mural.
Breakfast in America
Fuji XPro-2, 70mm, f/4, 1/60s, ISO 4000
I’ve been deprived of a digital camera for three months and deprived of San Francisco for three years. This morning I got up early thanks to the insane jetlag between HK and SFO and I strolled around before the sunrise. It’s good to be taking photos.
Minox 35ML, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 100
Film: Agfa CT 100
I don’t know if this street tailor is part of the Tai Hang ecosystem of garages (in other words, he stitches car seats) or just a street tailor that happens to be established in Tai Hang. I love the idea though. In Europe, finding a tailor is something very specific that you only do for custom made clothes. Here it has a broader appeal I guess (although street vendors offering tailor made suits are a dime a dozen in Kowloon!)
Mother and Child
Minox 35ML, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 100
Film: Agfa CT 100
This is probably my most successful shot in this series. There’s a good dynamic (I think) with light and shadows, the mother and baby and the guy smoking by the bar.