Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/10s, ISO 200
It won’t have escaped your notice that I’m fascinated with Hong Kong buildings. Having said that, admiring them and framing them in an effective composition are two different things. As I walk around the streets of Central or Causeway Bay, I try not just to see cool looking scrapers but to structure them inside a photo. Work in progress, as they say, but I think I’m getting there.
A Cabbie Friend
Fuji XPro-2, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1000
There are little moments of magic that occasionally occur when you do street photography. I’d noticed the two guys holding shoulders, but then the lady with the umbrella walks past and I know it’s the right moment to shoot.
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 5000
Trams are a new subject for me, I never lived or stayed long in a place that has trams before. So I’m trying various things inspired by trams. This is one of them, playing on the different planes formed by the garish advertising on the one hand and the passengers on the other. It creates a funny sense of disorientation.
Fuji XPro-2, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 5000
One of the reasons I love walking around Taï Hang is that the garages don’t have any workshops due to space constraints. So all the work happens in the streets. You often see cabs being fixed like this one here (although I don’t quite know what you fix in the engine by spraying water on it.)
In the Tram
Fuji Xpro-2, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/800s, ISO 6400
The Island tram in Hong Kong is a delightful way of traveling: it’s fast, frequent and deliciously quaint. I love to go upstairs and just watch life go by from above.
Tai Hang Ramen
Fuji Xpro-2, 27mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 500
Tai Hang is a little area just around the corner where I live that used to be mostly garages and body shops, but it’s in the process of gentrifying, so you get a combination of garages and cheap hip restaurants everywhere. It’s a real pleasure to walk around, very colourful. I haven’t tried this Ramen place yet, but I will!
Where the pigeons perch
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 800
Throughout my canal excursion I found the houses fascinating, especially the ones on stilts. It’s hard to imagine that this is in the heart of a 6 million inhabitant metropolis. Not to mention the birds: they live there too!
Fishing by the temple
Fuji x-Pro2, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 320
When I booked my canal excursion in Bangkok it said nothing about a temple and yet alongside the canal sits Wat Wayrurachin, a 19th century Buddhist temple. As we were cruising along I noticed these boys fishing, and thought that was certainly worth a shot (I don’t think I’d eat fish from the canal waters, but then I can afford to, which is probably more than can be said for these kids…
Itinerant Souvenir Shop
Fuji X-Pro2, 45mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 1250
If tourists visit by boat, then naturally souvenir shops must be on boats as well. We met quite a few of those during our 30mn exploration of the canals.
Will the clothes dry?
Fuji X-Pro2, 50mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 1250
I’m kind of fascinated with canal side living. We saw a lot of dingy habitat alongside the Mekong in Vietnam, and things are no different in Bangkok proper. You can’t help wonder about the hygiene and the humidity (in countries where humidity is a problem everywhere) and yet there’s something fascinating about this entirely different way of living to the one we’re used to in the west.