Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 5000
Zachary Richard is an Acadian singer/songwriter with roots in blues, folk and zydeco. When he sings in English, he’s just another folk-rock singer to me. When he sings in Acadian French, there’s a poetry and pulse to it that is absolutely unique and wonderful. I particularly recommend his album Lumière dans le Noir if you’re interested in exploring. I saw him live in Paris a few years ago, and I only had my Fuji x100s with me, but this shot stood out.
Fuji xpro2, 110mm, f/3.2, 1/125s, ISO 3200
Cory Seznec is a wonderful guitarist whose band is full of wonderful talents. But there is something about double bass players that makes for great compositions, I find. I really like the intensity in Thomas Garoche’s expression here. Incidentally, this was my first gig shot with the 50-140 f/2.8 OIS lens, and my first gig ever shot with stabilization. It’s wonderful! I haven’t pushed it to extremes yet (I was still shooting at a speed faster than the focal length) but I will try pushing it in the future.
Ounsa and Crowd
Fuji xpro2, 85mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Ounsa Mébarkia is a fantastic and spectacular singer who occasionally plays with the wonder French brass band Ceux Qui Marchent Debout (CQMD). I saw them live at New Morning a couple of years ago, and revisiting those photos I found this one which I liked a lot. The pattern on the dress, the expression on her face and the crowd in the shadows below…
Navel on Display
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 800
I’ve posted quite a few bare chested guys in this series of moments this week, but I also wanted to capture this particular fashion approach to heat that is the t-shirt rolled under the armpits. Here’s an example of that.
Working on a Building
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 200
Bare chests are another fixture of Hong Kong in the warm months. Manual laborers (and indeed men in general) are often seen either bare chested or with their shirts pulled up to just below the armpits. I’ve been trying to capture that ever since I arrived here, and this is certainly one of those successful attempts.
Ciggie and Chat
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 400
As I said already there’s a lot more smoking in the streets in Hong Kong compared to what there is in Europe. I’m always on the lookout for these ciggie moments, because in a sense they are characteristic of the place.
Tweeting in the Sun
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/600s, ISO 1600
As we’re getting close to summer, the heat is building and we have long days of harsh sunlight here in Hong Kong. As a consequence all sorts of funky hats and umbrellas reappear, which is what attracted my eye to this connected woman.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/500s, ISO 3200
There is a lot of smoking going on in Hong Kong. Not quite as much as in Shanghai, but still, a lot compared to most European cities these days. It stinks, but it also makes for interesting photos, so as long as I’m not too exposed to second-hand smoke, I’m rather in favour of it!
Mommie and Doggie
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 320
Part of the fun of street photography is in spotting amusing juxtapositions or just funny situations. This photo is more the latter.
iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, 1/100s, ISO 40
The Banyan trees in Hong Kong fascinate me. They’re everywhere, and will seemingly grow over anything. I shoot their roots whenever I can.