One of the things that strikes you the minute you start walking the streets of China is how people (mostly men, it must be said) can be found asleep absolutely anywhere. In Europe, you’d think this was the photo of a homeless man. In China, this is just the photo of a man.
*Buddha and Acolytes*
Guangxiao temple in Guangzhou is quite spectacular even if the outside buildings are nothing to write home about (especially when wrapped in scaffolding). But the brass statues (at least I’m assuming it’s brass) are quite spectacular, as this trio showcases.
It’s not the first time I see people in China writing down characters on the pavement. I’m assuming this are religious texts, but in fact I don’t know for sure, since I can’t read Chinese. In any case, it makes for an interesting, dynamic shot, I think.
You see a lot of such handcarts in Hong Kong, but even more in Guangzhou where a lot of garbage collection is still very manual. I’m always on the lookout for these, and the added bonus here is that the woman saw me, and probably wondered why the hell I found this interesting enough to photograph. The title is a little ironic by the way, recycling is not very high on the agenda in this part of the world…
Just as I was walking past this iron curtain in a narrow, grimy street in Guangzhou, this women emerges… with the door frame in her hands. I snapped, and (for once) got a good shot out of it. I really like the reality warping side of it which makes your brain go « whaaaaat? »
One thing that I find fascinating with religion in Asia is how much a part of everyday life it is. People will stop by on their way home for a quick prayer. In Europe, it’s so much more ceremonial and occasional. Anyway, it was interesting to capture how small one feels when standing in front of the huge lantern at Sensoji.
I hadn’t been to Amsterdam in a long time and if I’m honest I never managed to take shots of the city center I was truly happy with. Of course the weather was lousy, otherwise it’s no fun. Still, I suppose that’s Amsterdam too (I finally understood why Dutch men always wear a T-shirt under their shirt…) One of the big challenges in shooting the canals is that even with a wide angle there are only a few places where you’ll have enough space to properly shoot. I’m quite happy with this one. It was super windy, so the (light) x100f swayed even low on the ground, which means out of six shots this is the only one that’s sharp!
Despite its modernity, Hong Kong still shows many sights that you would rather expect in a less cosmopolitan city. Singapore is sanitized, mainland China is often backwards, Hong Kong sits somewhere in between and I love that.
Headphones, mask and mobile phone : all of the Chinese ingredients to a safe isolated life.
Not far from the shared office space I occasionally use is a street with several garages. But Hong Kong being Hong Kong, there’s no space for a yard or even inside shop, so the cars are fixed in the street. But it’s the first time I’ve ever seen a model like this. To be honest I have no idea what that mini-car is, I just thing it’s well suited to the narrow streets of HK !