When I saw these two guys wearing the same black trousers and white shirts smoking, I shot from the hip. Only later, while looking at the picture did I see the cigarette stubs all over the place. I think they make the shot (although they although tell us a lot about how little Hong Kongers care about their environment…)
Smiling in the Sunset
I recently noticed that some of the streets on my route to and from work are perfectly aligned with the sunset. I stood there for a while and tried to snap people walking towards me. It’s still work in progress as I figure out the opportunities, but this lady’s smile made the picture for me, so this is the one I’m sharing first.
Milk Tea Posse
There’s a lot of outdoor life in Hong Kong, and a lot of street food. When I’m cruising for photos, I often try to find more than one person eating the same thing or doing the same thing. Here, I have three guys drinking gallons of milk tea. A lot more interesting than just one guy, don’t you think?
*Wechat and Ciggie*
Chinese social media app Wechat is everywhere in China, but also everywhere here in Hong Kong. You can use it to pay, to plan, to chat, to broadcast, to sell, to buy, and probably dozens more things I don’t even know you can do with it. I have marked a few spots where smokers gather in the streets (usually next to a public ashtray/bin) and there are always phone and cigarette shots to be had there…
Like in virtually every country I’ve ever been to, there are dozens of free newspapers in Hong Kong. Well, they’re called free newspapers, but like everywhere else, they’re really just a free collection of adverts. More interesting to me was the guy peddling them, and particularly his hat. When it’s really hot and sunny here, those working out in the sun often wear hats lined with a reflective surface, to divert as much heat as possible I suppose. It certainly makes their look funky!
For the average (temporary) citizen like me, Hong Kong is a very safe city. I have heard of course of triads, traffics, corruption and other criminal activities. Hard for me to know how much of that is real and how much is Hong Kong Action Cinema fiction. But the coppers are there, well and truly present. I realise this photo (and the title I gave it) doesn’t cast them in the best of lights, but we can have a little fun, can’t we?
Yes, people hooked to their mobile phones has become a fixture of my own HK street photography, and actually of street photography in general. But this young man was captivated so fully that people had to walk around him while he was playing his game strolling down the street. That’s another level of hooked…
The Darker Side of Hong Kong
As a street photographer, I feel it is natural to be attracted to the more beautiful or picturesque aspects of the places you wander through. And I often am, but occasionally, I try to capture a bit of stark reality as well. To a lot of visitors to Hong Kong, the city seems affluent and modern, and it’s hard to imagine the shocking inequalities that hide underneath the veneer of modernity. This is one small example of it.
Stalked by the Catbus
The Catbus is one of my favourite characters (albeit secondary) from Miyazaki’s Totoro. Imagine my surprise when I saw that so many of the Hong Kong minibuses are disguised as Catbuses!
The End of the Tunnel
Hong Kong is often seen as a city of tall, well lit buildings but the reality is that it’s riddled with dark and narrow passages. Occasionally, these narrow passageways are connected with tunnels. The super bright light in HK means high contrast when shooting into these tunnels, which is what I like about this photo.