Lots of tattooed people here in Hong Kong. I’ve been trying to get a shot of this type for a while. I kind of wish the other person hadn’t been so near, but I think it works nonetheless.
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.
*Pier 41 at Dawn*
Pier 41 in San Francisco is a wooden pier that juts out into the bay. It has these old fashioned lampposts that stay on all night, and last time I was in San Francisco I decided to check it out at dawn. It wasn’t an insanely superb sunrise, but the subdued colours were really lovely.
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 weather in Hong Kong has been awful these last few weeks. Rain virtually everyday, sometimes all day, except a few milder days here and there. The sunsets from my balcony reflect that, and last night’s was no exception. The cloud cover broke just as the sun was setting bit in a really strange way. Looked like a puzzle with missing pieces out there…
*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.
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.