*Mao is back*
Canon EOS300 + Rollei RPX25
On my first week in Shanghai in 2014 a friend took me to Dongtai Lu, a (now defunct) flea market, where I shot a very similar photo as this one, albeit in colour and in panoramic. Ironically, I stumbled upon this collection of communist figures during my last week in HK, in the Upper Lascar Row flea market. It’s a bit like my 8 years in Asia bookended by Chinese communism…
*Quietly in the Shadows*
Canon EOS300 + Lomography Fantome 8
One of the wonderful (or treacherous) things with Fantome 8 is how dark even a mild shadow comes out. When I shot this I imagined the face of the statue mildly draped in shadows. The zebra look was unexpected and is amazing, I think. It’s just a matter of anticipating it.
Leica M6 + Cinestill 50D
Man Mo temple offers plenty of photo opportunities from the incense spirals to the joss sticks. Last time I went there I had the Leica that my friend Matthew lent me, and I tried a really shallow shot that would only have been possible with 50 ISO film. I really like the subdued colours of Cinestill 50D in this shot.
Rolleiflex SL35 + Agfa CT 100 (Expired)
This picture is the result of two recent decisions. First, I’m trying to go through my film stash before buying more film. Turns out I have a lot of expired film including slide film. The second decision is to explore more of the backalleys and grimy passageways of Hong Kong. There’s a lot of interesting still like and street photo opportunities there. The green cast that you see on this derelict scooter is an unexpected (and welcome) result of expired slide.
Fuji GW690iii + JCH400
They say Durian is an acquired taste. I just don’t know who can acquire it if they haven’t been raised on it. The smell is even worse than the taste, truth be told, but it is a very graphic fruit, and I’ve been trying to capture a pile of Durian for ages. This is one attempt.
Fuji XT2 (XPAN) + Ilford FP4+
Model : M.
The impact of subtle differences in relative exposure on the textures appearing or not fascinate me. Here, the low contrast between my daughter’s blonde hair and her pale scale was not enough for me to overexpose the skin too much and have strong texture only in the hair, but I love how the taxture shines in the less exposed parts of her back.
Canon A2 + Agfa Scala 200 (expired)
From my first visit to the Hong Kong Cemetery I spotted this Cherub under the trees. The light hits it laterally, which is very nice although its face is always in the shadows. I quite like the way this shot came out although I would like to try it again with a non expired film and a reflector.
*Inside Mariahilf Church*
Mariahilf Church in Vienna is quite a majestic sight, and the inside is as impressive as the outside, if not more. The pulpit is particularly adorned and quite spectacular.
Fuji X-Pro 2
A couple of years back we decided to visit the Paris Catacombs (the public parts that can be anyway). We were a little worried doing it with a 5 year old, but strangely enough it felt respectful and not macabre. I took few photos because the lighting was really limited, but this one is probably the most interesting one both graphically and in terms of expressing what we saw.
There was a strong natural side light coming into the living room yesterday and I decided to experiment with some harmonica related still life shots. At one point, after I’d painstakingly built a pyramid of harmonicas, a cloud came over the sun, and I noticed that the shadow of the pyramid became indistinct in a graphically interesting way. This ended up being the best shot in the session.