Beach & Tags
What caught my eye here was the combination of bathers on one side of the frame and the heavy urban feel of the street art on the other side. I wish the dinghy hadn’t been there bobbing on the water, but hopefully it’s not too distracting.
The combination of transparency and motion blur is one of the things I love in seaside long exposures. Of course, the contrast between the harshness of the rock and the softness of the water also contributes greatly. The bricked up sewer pipe and the green algae also caught my eye in this one.
Boatload of Boats
Marseille is a really interesting city in that it stretches along the coast for miles. This means that virtually anywhere in the city, if you head towards the sea you find tiny harbours or calanques (rock beaches). I really liked this one and only disturbed a few beach goers to shoot it.
I was lucky enough to spend a day in Marseille this summer. A friend of mine walked me around the coastline, and I took some long exposure shots in the morning light. Sure, there’s something touristy about some of these shots, but that light is so gorgeous…
Yes, people hooked to their mobile phones has become a fixture of my own HK street photography, and actually of street photography in general. But this young man was captivated so fully that people had to walk around him while he was playing his game strolling down the street. That’s another level of hooked…
The Darker Side of Hong Kong
As a street photographer, I feel it is natural to be attracted to the more beautiful or picturesque aspects of the places you wander through. And I often am, but occasionally, I try to capture a bit of stark reality as well. To a lot of visitors to Hong Kong, the city seems affluent and modern, and it’s hard to imagine the shocking inequalities that hide underneath the veneer of modernity. This is one small example of it.
Stalked by the Catbus
The Catbus is one of my favourite characters (albeit secondary) from Miyazaki’s Totoro. Imagine my surprise when I saw that so many of the Hong Kong minibuses are disguised as Catbuses!
The End of the Tunnel
Hong Kong is often seen as a city of tall, well lit buildings but the reality is that it’s riddled with dark and narrow passages. Occasionally, these narrow passageways are connected with tunnels. The super bright light in HK means high contrast when shooting into these tunnels, which is what I like about this photo.
There is great potential in street photography when using posters or street furniture in composition, but it’s hard. Sometimes it’s just luck, as it was when I shot this one. I love that the man is cleaning his glasses as well, it adds to the virtual scenario of the two « characters » walking into each other.
Fuji xpro2, 160mm, f/2.8, 1/160s, ISO 6400
Shooting drummers in badly lit clubs is always tricky, because things move too fast for the camera to capture. Getting good shots is a combination of anticipation, repetition and luck. Here I managed to get Julian Addison with both sticks up and an interesting facial expression, I consider myself lucky!