Fuji XPro-2, 30mm, f/8, 1/160s, ISO 200
Tai Hang is full of garages, and some of them are clearly more… specialized than others. I don’t know what’s so particular about the windshields of Japanese cars, but it looks like this guy has got you covered !
Mobile & Smoke
Fuji XPro-2, 85mm, f/4, 1/160s, ISO 200
While there isn’t as much smoking in Hong Kong as there is in mainland China, it’s still a smoking city, something which you see less and less in Europe. So forget about the coffee and mobile addictions, this is the real thing here!
Minox 35ML, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 100
Film: Agfa CT 100
I don’t know if this street tailor is part of the Tai Hang ecosystem of garages (in other words, he stitches car seats) or just a street tailor that happens to be established in Tai Hang. I love the idea though. In Europe, finding a tailor is something very specific that you only do for custom made clothes. Here it has a broader appeal I guess (although street vendors offering tailor made suits are a dime a dozen in Kowloon!)
Minox 35 ML, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 100
Film: Agfa CT 100
One of the reasons I love the CT 100 slide film is that the colours are vivid but stay really natural. In Tai Hang there are many colourful signs, shopfronts, etc. so it’s a good combination.
Walking Down the Street
Minox 35 ML, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 100
Slide Film: Agfa CT 100
I recently rediscovered my Minox 35ML film camera. It’s a tiny tiny camera with a truly great lens. Sadly it’s very fragile and after shooting just a few rolls it crapped out on me. But I shot a full roll of my favourite slide film Agfa CT 100 in Tai Hang and they came out great. This is a really classic street composition I guess, but I love how the light hits her. The focus isn’t exactly spot on, that’s hyperfocal at f/5.6 for you…
Getting His Hands Dirty
Fuji 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 320
Taï Hang, as I mentioned previously, is an area that used to be mostly garages and body shops. Restaurants are taking over as it gets gentrified, but there are still a fair few around. The fun thing about them is that there’s no space to work on cars inside the garages, so more often than not, they repair on the streets. Cool for street photographers, as you can see here!
Fuji XPro-2, 70mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 400
I love these little noodle bars with tables virtually on the street. You see them mostly everywhere, but especially in Tai Hang. Unlike in other parts of China, the dog is under the table, not in the bowl.
Fuji XPro-2, 27mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 200
Hong Kong is a city that makes you look up to the sky, and there’s something uplifting about that. I’m still amazed that I live not 10 minutes from where I took this photo.
Fuji Xpro-2, 27mm, f/4, 1/120s, ISO 200
I love framing buildings with trees, and if there’s one thing you can say about Hong Kong it’s that there’s an abundance of both.
A Cabbie Friend
Fuji XPro-2, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1000
There are little moments of magic that occasionally occur when you do street photography. I’d noticed the two guys holding shoulders, but then the lady with the umbrella walks past and I know it’s the right moment to shoot.