I hadn’t been to Amsterdam in a long time and if I’m honest I never managed to take shots of the city center I was truly happy with. Of course the weather was lousy, otherwise it’s no fun. Still, I suppose that’s Amsterdam too (I finally understood why Dutch men always wear a T-shirt under their shirt…) One of the big challenges in shooting the canals is that even with a wide angle there are only a few places where you’ll have enough space to properly shoot. I’m quite happy with this one. It was super windy, so the (light) x100f swayed even low on the ground, which means out of six shots this is the only one that’s sharp!
Despite its modernity, Hong Kong still shows many sights that you would rather expect in a less cosmopolitan city. Singapore is sanitized, mainland China is often backwards, Hong Kong sits somewhere in between and I love that.
Headphones, mask and mobile phone : all of the Chinese ingredients to a safe isolated life.
Not far from the shared office space I occasionally use is a street with several garages. But Hong Kong being Hong Kong, there’s no space for a yard or even inside shop, so the cars are fixed in the street. But it’s the first time I’ve ever seen a model like this. To be honest I have no idea what that mini-car is, I just thing it’s well suited to the narrow streets of HK !
*Bonzes don’t jaywalk*
To be fair, few people jaywalk in Hong Kong anyway, but when I saw this Buddhist monk quietly waiting in front of the crossing, I had this funny notion about respecting the rules (or not).
*Angel in the Woods*
The comparison will probably sound strange, but at times, with those statues and tombs lost in the middle of the wilds, Highgate Cemetery reminded me of some of the more obscure ruins near Siem Reap, with stone overrun by vegetation.
Lots of interesting angel statues at Highgate Cemetery, and I think the snow really enhanced some of them visually…
*Circle of Lebanon*
At the top of Highgate Cemetary West, there’s a beautiful Lebanon Cedar Tree under which a circle of crypts were dug, hence the name, Circle of Lebanon. Quite spectacular place.
*There’s no getting out*
In Highgate Cemetary West you can visit the Terrace Catacombs, which are underhill but nowhere near as deep or creepy as the Paris or Rome catacombs. Still, it’s quite atmospheric, and this little iron gate overlooking the outside world spoke to me…
*Angels & Crosses*
Whenever my travels for work give me an opportunity to get away from it all, I try to grab it, as a compensation for the hours of flight and discomfort. I recently heard about Highgate Cemetary in London and I wanted to walk around there. I was lucky that on the day I went there, a few hours before my flight home, it had snowed and some of the snow remained. Anyway, the angel statues and the derelict state of the cemetary both appealed to me.