Smiling in the Sunset
I recently noticed that some of the streets on my route to and from work are perfectly aligned with the sunset. I stood there for a while and tried to snap people walking towards me. It’s still work in progress as I figure out the opportunities, but this lady’s smile made the picture for me, so this is the one I’m sharing first.
Milk Tea Posse
There’s a lot of outdoor life in Hong Kong, and a lot of street food. When I’m cruising for photos, I often try to find more than one person eating the same thing or doing the same thing. Here, I have three guys drinking gallons of milk tea. A lot more interesting than just one guy, don’t you think?
*Wechat and Ciggie*
Chinese social media app Wechat is everywhere in China, but also everywhere here in Hong Kong. You can use it to pay, to plan, to chat, to broadcast, to sell, to buy, and probably dozens more things I don’t even know you can do with it. I have marked a few spots where smokers gather in the streets (usually next to a public ashtray/bin) and there are always phone and cigarette shots to be had there…
Like in virtually every country I’ve ever been to, there are dozens of free newspapers in Hong Kong. Well, they’re called free newspapers, but like everywhere else, they’re really just a free collection of adverts. More interesting to me was the guy peddling them, and particularly his hat. When it’s really hot and sunny here, those working out in the sun often wear hats lined with a reflective surface, to divert as much heat as possible I suppose. It certainly makes their look funky!
For the average (temporary) citizen like me, Hong Kong is a very safe city. I have heard of course of triads, traffics, corruption and other criminal activities. Hard for me to know how much of that is real and how much is Hong Kong Action Cinema fiction. But the coppers are there, well and truly present. I realise this photo (and the title I gave it) doesn’t cast them in the best of lights, but we can have a little fun, can’t we?
Water & Rocks
The last shot I took in my Marseille outing. It was in a part of Marseille called Les Goudes that honestly doesn’t feel like it’s in the city anymore (but it is). It was very peaceful there, and beautiful too. I really like these little pockets of sea water that get trapped in the rocks, and this is what I tried to capture here, and exercice in comparative textures.
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…