Canon A2, Lensbaby, Ilford FP4+
I hate the smell of smoke and of course the health implications of it (even for me as a passive smoker) but I have to confess that visually, it’s potentially spectacular and nearly always interesting. My friend Julian, the model on this photo, uses an e-cigarette (so it smells of flowers instead of burnt tobacco) that produces these beautiful white clouds. When I was about to shoot I asked him to blow it out of his nose and I absolutely adore the results. This is my best shot of the summer.
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.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/500s, ISO 3200
There is a lot of smoking going on in Hong Kong. Not quite as much as in Shanghai, but still, a lot compared to most European cities these days. It stinks, but it also makes for interesting photos, so as long as I’m not too exposed to second-hand smoke, I’m rather in favour of it!
Canon 7D, 135mm, f/1.8, 1/400s, ISO 800
A few years ago I was invited by a Greek friend to the christening of his son, and we decided to make a family trip of it. I took many shots during the ceremony and I have to say that I found the ritual fascinating. One thing I really wanted to capture was the smoke form the incense burner, and this shot was a good capture of that.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 1600
There are a lot of smokers here in Hong Kong and I’ve been trying for a long time to get some good street shots of people smoking, but shy of sticking my camera in their face – which I’m loathe to do – it’s hard. This one is the first shot I really like, not only because you see the subjects is smoking but because you see the smoke.