Sham Shui Po Highway
Fuji x100s, 35mm, 1/26s, f/16, ISO 200
About two years ago I came over to Hong Kong (when I was still living in Shanghai) and stayed in a really high up hotel room in Sham Shui Po. The view by day was nothing to write home about, but at night I immediately saw the potential. I did two long exposure shots to capture the light trails, one vertical (Slow Hong Kong) and this one. I really like the contrast between the cold tones of the building lines and the warm tones of the highway.
Quiet Night in CWB
Fuji x-pro2, 65mm, f/5.6, 1/80s, ISO 6400
Iconic night shots of Hong Kong feature these massive and colourful stree signs. In my first weeks here I did a few night outings hunting down these signs. Not easy to find balanced compositions, but I think this one works, the mini-bus balancing the sign.
Choose Your Meat
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 1250
For me as a Frenchman used to mostly aseptic butchery stores, the naked meat on display in Hong Kong is both weird and strangely appealing. I have a lot more meat photos to share, but let’s start here.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1000
There are a few pedestrian streets in Wan Chai, in between Johnston Road and Queen’s Road East where street stalls have taken over. While most of them are a food or dry goods (or junk from over the border), there’s a nice enough flower stall there, and the owner seems fairly relaxed.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 800
I often walk past this seafood stall in the Causeway Bay wet market. That evening, the seller had this stance that reminded me of a dancer’s, so I pressed the button.
Bric a Brac
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/280s, ISO 200
Besides street food which is abundantly available in the streets of Hong Kong, there are a lot of street vendors with the kind of odd selection you can see here. In fact, under this bridge on my way to work there seems to be a different bric a brac reseller every day.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/200s, ISO 200
There are a lot of lollipop men or ladies in Hong Kong advertising for services. The ones working for Sasa (a cheap cosmetic retailer) tend to have it better than most: they get to be seated and read the newspaper.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 3200
Indonesians are the third ethnic group in Hong Kong, and they’re mostly women. As a consequence you frequently see young women wearing scarves on their heads as in this shot. On Sundays, they congregate near Victoria Park, that’s something I’ll have to document some day.
Fuji, x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 640
You see a lot of these roast duck (and, I’m assuming other meats) stores in the streets of Hong Kong. This one is in Causeway Bay, and as I often walk past it to get back from work, I always like how the light illuminates the customers in the early evening hours. This time I captured it.
Under the Eye of Mao
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 200
On a daily basis you don’t see much signs of the mainland Chinese control over Hong Kong, at least not on Hong Kong Island. That doesn’t mean it’s not there, of course. But this sign on the opposite side of the road to Time’s Square intrigued me. I think it’s a communist bookstore. Of course this photo was also an opportunity to show umbrellas used to protect from the sun, something that was also common in Shanghai.