Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 5000
Zachary Richard is an Acadian singer/songwriter with roots in blues, folk and zydeco. When he sings in English, he’s just another folk-rock singer to me. When he sings in Acadian French, there’s a poetry and pulse to it that is absolutely unique and wonderful. I particularly recommend his album Lumière dans le Noir if you’re interested in exploring. I saw him live in Paris a few years ago, and I only had my Fuji x100s with me, but this shot stood out.
Fuji xpro2, 52mm, f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 3200
Lettuce is a hard hitting modern funk band whose bass player, Jesus Coomes is nothing short of a stage imp. Not only does he play wicked bass grooves, but he jumps up and down like a madman and wears the silliest socks. Go check Lettuce if you can, it’s a guaranteed evening of fine music and booty shake.
Pattern and ‘Bone
Fuji xpro2, 52mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 6400
I love shooting trombone players at the best of times. Because of the length of the instrument it has a potential for strong diagonals, and from the right angles there’s a lot of different potential shots to be had. But when I saw the pattern on Reut Regev’s dress (playing ‘bone with Hazmat Modine) I knew the potential had just gone up tenfold! This is one of my favourite shots of her that night.
Fuji xpro2, 110mm, f/3.2, 1/125s, ISO 3200
Cory Seznec is a wonderful guitarist whose band is full of wonderful talents. But there is something about double bass players that makes for great compositions, I find. I really like the intensity in Thomas Garoche’s expression here. Incidentally, this was my first gig shot with the 50-140 f/2.8 OIS lens, and my first gig ever shot with stabilization. It’s wonderful! I haven’t pushed it to extremes yet (I was still shooting at a speed faster than the focal length) but I will try pushing it in the future.
Ounsa and Crowd
Fuji xpro2, 85mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Ounsa Mébarkia is a fantastic and spectacular singer who occasionally plays with the wonder French brass band Ceux Qui Marchent Debout (CQMD). I saw them live at New Morning a couple of years ago, and revisiting those photos I found this one which I liked a lot. The pattern on the dress, the expression on her face and the crowd in the shadows below…
Navel on Display
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 800
I’ve posted quite a few bare chested guys in this series of moments this week, but I also wanted to capture this particular fashion approach to heat that is the t-shirt rolled under the armpits. Here’s an example of that.
Social Media Break
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/250s, ISO 200
I’m not playing a kind of Hong Kong street photo bingo, but an old guy with a bare torso checking his phone would be a good score if I did!
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/50s, ISO 1000
It’s quite a common occurence to see wedding photos taken in public places. This was very true in Shanghai, and it’s just as true here in HK. I suspect a lot of photoshopping goes into it down the line, but for me it was just fun to snap at these future bride and groom in the stairwell of Central MTR station. The best is that they were smiling at me more (I felt) than they were at the official photographer. I know street theoretically works better when the subjects are unaware of the camera, but I really like this little moment of joy.
Working on a Building
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 200
Bare chests are another fixture of Hong Kong in the warm months. Manual laborers (and indeed men in general) are often seen either bare chested or with their shirts pulled up to just below the armpits. I’ve been trying to capture that ever since I arrived here, and this is certainly one of those successful attempts.
Ciggie and Chat
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 400
As I said already there’s a lot more smoking in the streets in Hong Kong compared to what there is in Europe. I’m always on the lookout for these ciggie moments, because in a sense they are characteristic of the place.