Full Protective Gear
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 1600
Sometimes my « street portraits » just aim at depicting a cultural trait, or something that you see frequently in one place but not in others. In Hong Kong women protect themselves from the sunlight with hats or umbrellas, and men and women alike from the pollution with masks. The mask+hat combo may be over the top, but I’ll let you judge.
On a Break
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 3200
Tai Hang is still one of my favourite places to wander and take photos. The mix of bodyshops and small restaurants you find there is delightful. And you’re pretty much guaranteed to find interesting scenes to shoot.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 640
The benches in Victoria Park often host interesting people. Not sure what prompted me to shoot, but I like the attitude. Can you really check your phone with your arms crossed like that ?
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 2500
I like capturing people in uniforms when shooting street. At first I was bothered that the face of the guy at the front is partially hidden, but now I think the trade off is the movement, which I really like.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 320
One thing you notice when you live in Hong Kong (and more generally in China, it was even more pronounced in Shanghai) is how much the Chinese love their dogs. There’s a special liking for small dogs (I suppose the topology of the city explains that in part) and so I’ve been trying to capture masters and dogs these last few weeks.
At God’s Door
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/120s, ISO 200
Lots of churches in Valencia. Lots of beggars also.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 400
From the top of the San Catalina tower in Valencia, the view is magnificent, but the best thing is looking down into the narrow staircase. Looking back at this picture, I find it verging on the abstract, and it reminds me of the graphical world of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas…
Hand in the Shadows
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO 1600
As one would expect, there were a lot of churches in Valencia, but my favourite was clearly Santa Catalina. Unlike the fancier cathedral, it felt like having macerated for a while, with bordeline creepy iconography. This statue (and the resulting shadow) struck me.
Wood & Stone
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/75s, ISO 200
The weather wasn’t glorious during my short stay in Valencia, but you make the most of what you have. That’s why I went for a somewhat bleak processing of this old palace entrance near the Central Market. Goes with my series of Père Lachaise shots from a few months back.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 640
This tiny but beautiful chapel in the middle of Seurasaari surprised me. The light was starting to fade (it was 1:11 PM, the EXIF tells me) so I had to be content with shooting it backlit, but I think it works.