I know, people checking their phones have become a classic by now, but I like these iron curtain backgrounds and I find there’s a nice contrast to this one.
I’ve always been fascinated by the value people put to various old things. In Europe though there tends to be some apparent selection before things are put for sale, whether it’s in a flea market or as a garage sale. Here in Hong Kong it feels to me (perhaps wrongly) that anything and everything makes it to the curb. I’d be curious to know how much this guy makes a day, I’d be willing to bet it’s not much…
One cultural difference that you quickly notice when living in Asia is that people are not shy about sleeping in public (although now that I think about it, it seems to be mostly men). This is much more spectacular in mainland China where you’ll find guys asleep literally everywhere, but you do see it in Hong Kong as well, as shown here.
*Builders on a Wall*
One of the things that fascinates me visually and therefore makes it into my photography more often than not is repetition. Usually it’s a repetition of inanimate objects, but on this particular occasion it was people. As soon as I spotted these three guys taking a well deserved break from work and heat, I knew I had to capture the scene!
*Enter the Dragon*
The Tin Hau Fire Dragon Walk is an annual celebration dating back to the XIXth century. The Dragon is a massively long rope coil with a wooden dragon head at the front. It’s spiked with lit incense sticks on its entire length and local volunteers carry it around throughout the festival. It’s a really fun and really local thing, and this year we were lucky enough to be able to attend. I didn’t manage to capture any really good shots of the head, but the length of the body is a sight to behold!
*Incense for Tin Hau*
There’s a temple to Tin Hau just down my street. It’s interesting in more than one way, but the most fascinating fact (to me) is that it used to be by the shore. With reclaimed land it’s now at least half a mile from the shore ! There are often offerings, incense or burning candles in front, and I tried to compose the incense brazier with the temple in the background.
*The Glitter of the Fake Tower*
I love doing long exposure shots and light trails, so when I saw the fake Eiffel tower glittering at night I knew I had to find a spot to do such an exposure. I had to give it six or seven try outs before I got this one (not matter what they say, a gorillapod on a lamppost is not a very stable setup) but I finally got this one and I was happy. Added bonus: unlike photos of the real Eiffel tower lights, this one is probably not illegal.