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.
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 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.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Fuji Pro 400H
Walking the streets of Yaowarat towards the middle of the afternoon definitely felt like the calm before the storm. The streets were quiet, street food vendors were smiling and not very busy. A few hours later, once the sun set, it was an entirely different story with crowds of locals and tourists alike sampling the wares (although which tourist in his right mind would want to try durian, I’m not sure…)
Going up this escalator, I noticed the way that the ceiling tiling was reflected in the shiny metal divider between the up and down escalator. I struck out my arm and shot as flat as I could (this is corrected for tilt). What I did not expect was that visually the tiling and the reflection would create such a compelling cylinder.
I had just arrived in London by the Eurostar, and walking towards the subway I stumbled upon this backlit corridor. I crouched down and waited for the right silhouettes to be aligned. Since then I’ve seen a number of other shots of this corridor. The fact is that is is really photogenic.
*Waiting for Godot*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + JCH400
Sham Shui Po is full of life, and there are certain spots where you will always see people waiting (and often smoking as well), like the MTR exits.
*Hogwarts Express Tram*
Hong Kong trams are often decorated with painted adverts for various cosmetics, luxury goods or real estate deals. With this one I didn’t pay attention before I shot, I was just interested in the driver and his mask. So I only noticed later that it was labelled Harry Potter!