Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/75s, ISO 2000
Walking past this restaurant in Malmskillnadsgatan (I think) I was attracted by the potential of the composition in this shot. I don’t know if the contrast between the stylised window and the customers above is excessive, but I thought it had potential.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 640
Walking down King’s Road I saw this gentleman waiting patiently for clients in front of his store. He saw me raise the camera, shrugged and just kept on doing what he was doing. And my son and I couldn’t help wondering; « What the hell is he selling? »
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1600
Because certain parts of urban Hong Kong Island are so steep and the roads are by necessity long and winding, you see a lot of these stairways cutting from the lower part of a curved road to the upper part. Great concept, and a cool timesaver if you’re going down. Not so much when you’re going up. And this is by no means the longest I’ve seen.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 320
It can get pretty steep on the upper parts of Tin Hau where we live. This is in fact just down our street, and I thought it was a good way of representing the gradient of the hill. And yes Pirelli is a very popular brand here.
Fuji x100F, 35mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 200
Even for really large buildings, they still use bamboo scaffolding here in Hong Kong (in Shanghai it was metal scaffolding made to look the colour of bamboo!) And in order to avoid dust flying all around they wrap the building in protective sheets. To great effect, as you can see, but as the advert says on top, « We Create, We Are Artisans! »
Fuji X100F, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 2000
We used to see these stores selling all kinds of seemingly unrelated junk all the time in Shanghai. They also exist in Quarry Bay, it seems. I love them, so Chinese!
Broken Stone of Beng Mealea
Fuji Xpro2, 30mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1250
Besides the well known sites around Angkot Wat and Angkor Thom, there are dozens, possibly hundreds of other sites near Siem Reap in various states of disrepair. Beng Mealea was only recently opened to visitors and has not been restored at all. It’s fascinating both because it gives a sense of what the more famous temples must have looked like before restoration and because it truly feels abandoned.
Nature vs. Architecture
Fuji XPro-2, 30mm, f/7.1, 1/90s, ISO 6400
Perhaps the most striking sight in Cambodia, the sign of the passage of time, is these ruins completely overtaken by massive trees, the walls completely encased in roots. I couldn’t find any decent broad shot that would convey the strange majesty of it all, so I went the other way and looked for detailed views. This, ultimately, is a good way of highlighting the fight between nature and architecture.
The Faces of Angkor Thom
Fuji Xpro-2, 50mm, f/2, 1/1500s
The central temple at Angkor Thom is probably the most impressive thing I’ve seen in Cambodia. Other places may have been more majestic or made me feel more like an explorer, but Angkor Thom has a combination of awe-inspiring and mystical. It’s like these faces were universally relevant somehow.
Angkor on the Horizon
Fuji XPro-2, 80mm, f/4, 1/640s, ISO 200
Phnom Bakheng is a derelict temple at the top of a hill overlooking Angkor Wat. Seeing the famous three spires emerge through the foliage was something quite unique.