*Enter the Dragon*
The Tin Hau Fire Dragon Walk is an annual celebration dating back to the XIXth century. The Dragon is a massively long rope coil with a wooden dragon head at the front. It’s spiked with lit incense sticks on its entire length and local volunteers carry it around throughout the festival. It’s a really fun and really local thing, and this year we were lucky enough to be able to attend. I didn’t manage to capture any really good shots of the head, but the length of the body is a sight to behold!
*Buddha in the Mist*
The Lantau buddha is quite spectacular in size, and a few hundred meters above sea level. As a consequence, even when the weather is relatively nice by the shore, it’s often shrouded in mist. I wanted to capture that the last time I went there and I was lucky enough that there was a dense fog that veiled the massive statue. Moody, don’t you think ?
*Incense for Tin Hau*
There’s a temple to Tin Hau just down my street. It’s interesting in more than one way, but the most fascinating fact (to me) is that it used to be by the shore. With reclaimed land it’s now at least half a mile from the shore ! There are often offerings, incense or burning candles in front, and I tried to compose the incense brazier with the temple in the background.
*The Colors of Dawn*
One of the truly magical things about dawn is how quickly the light changes. I shot this a few minutes after sunrise, and the light was still purple. A minute later, it was a glorious gold. It was devilishly cold that morning (especially for me now that I live in mild temperatures Hong Kong) but really worth the 6 AM trip.
*Lunch on Stone*
I find it interesting to take photos accross busy streets. Often, the distance gives you a different sense of the elements you can combine. Here I wanted that great door and the woman eating her lunch. They create an interesting diagonal.
There is something shocking about seeing homeless army vets in US cities. Just to be clear, I’m not judging, I have no idea what the fate of my country’s vets is after they go on operation. But you do see this a lot in the US. So this isn’t the best of photos, but I felt I needed to share it.
These arches at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park truly are a photographer’s dream: the light, the contrast, the symmetry, and the people all contribute to make great pictures. I was very pleased with the colour rendering of one of these (Walking the Dog in Style) but also found it really worked in black and white.
As I walked the cold streets of Manhattan I saw a lot of people sitting on the side streets. This guy was commenting on everyone passing him, not in an agressive way, more in a cordial way. I liked him, so I decided to immortalize him in black and white.
*Shadows of Brooklyn*
I got in early to catch the southern tip of Manhattan in the sunrise. There was a moment just as the sun was emerging above Brooklyn when the shadows of the skyscapers there projected onto the Manhattan skyline. This is what I captured here. I decided to give it a black and white treatment to emphasize these shadows.
Fuji TX2 + Fuji Pro400H
In the heart of Old Macau lies Mandarin House, an old Chinese merchant’s home. It’s wonderfully evocative and, unlike what you find in Hong Kong is a piece of actual Chinese history. Round doors, magnificent woodpanelled rooms, it’s a tiny labyrinth. That is, of course, when the battery on my x100f decided to say bye-bye so I switched to film, obviously less versatile in low light, but still good for exterior shots.