iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, 1/100s, ISO 40
The Banyan trees in Hong Kong fascinate me. They’re everywhere, and will seemingly grow over anything. I shoot their roots whenever I can.
Full Protective Gear
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 1600
Sometimes my « street portraits » just aim at depicting a cultural trait, or something that you see frequently in one place but not in others. In Hong Kong women protect themselves from the sunlight with hats or umbrellas, and men and women alike from the pollution with masks. The mask+hat combo may be over the top, but I’ll let you judge.
On a Break
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 3200
Tai Hang is still one of my favourite places to wander and take photos. The mix of bodyshops and small restaurants you find there is delightful. And you’re pretty much guaranteed to find interesting scenes to shoot.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 640
The benches in Victoria Park often host interesting people. Not sure what prompted me to shoot, but I like the attitude. Can you really check your phone with your arms crossed like that ?
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 2500
I like capturing people in uniforms when shooting street. At first I was bothered that the face of the guy at the front is partially hidden, but now I think the trade off is the movement, which I really like.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 320
One thing you notice when you live in Hong Kong (and more generally in China, it was even more pronounced in Shanghai) is how much the Chinese love their dogs. There’s a special liking for small dogs (I suppose the topology of the city explains that in part) and so I’ve been trying to capture masters and dogs these last few weeks.
Narrow Wan Chai Alleyway
Fuji xpro-2, 15mm, f/8, 1/70s, ISO 200
Hong Kong is more than just large avenues lined with scrapers: there’s dingy narrow alleys as well, where cars can’t go and there’s no public lighting.
Sheep Above Tin Hau
Fuji xpro-2, 15mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 500
As I was taking my daughter to the schoolbus early one morning, I happened to look up to this amazing mottled sky. As soon as she was in the bus, I ran back home, grabbed my camera and wide angle lens and came back to shoot this.
Plants vs. Concrete
Fuji xpro-2, 15mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 200
As I have already said, one of my favourite things in Hong Kong is how nature keeps fighting for its rights. Within 10 minutes of the densest parts of the city, there’s jungle and you would not know the city is nearby. Even in the most urban areas, there are massive trees and the plants survive. My bet is, if the city was abandoned, within months the plants would take back what’s rightfully theirs…
Fuji xpro-2, 15mm, f/8, 1/480s, ISO 200
One of the things I wanted to do with a wide-angle lens was vertical shots of Hong Kong. It’s such a vertical city that these vertical scapes offer great variety. In Central of course is where the buildings are the highest…