Cold Urban Jungle
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/11, 17s, ISO 1000
In Tokyo I was in the Shimbashi area by accident, but I loved the vertical nature of the city around there. Cold, to be sure, but multi-level with elevated pedestrian platforms everywhere and great perspectives…
Quiet Shimbashi Road
Fuji, x100f, 28mm, f/11, 26s, ISO 400
I went to Tokyo fully determined to do lots of light trails, but I realised that you rarely stumble upon the right locations without knowing ahead of time what might look good. Also: pedestrian overpasses: good. Glass railings: bad. This was the best I managed, with a tripod precariously perched on the tip of a glass railing…
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 1250
Tokyo (or at least parts of Tokyo) has a very industrial feel, and I was reminded of Blade Runner in ways that (strangely) Hong Kong doesn’t evoke to me. Cold light, lots of multi-level pedestrian walkways and (inevitably) lots of escalators.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/150s, ISO 200
The statuary in cemeteries is rarely joyful, but often offers great opportunities for compositions. This is what I tried to do here, framing the statue of the weeping widow in context.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 200
Despite living over 10 years near or in Paris I had never walked around the Père Lachaise Cemetary. I strongly recommend it, it’s quite spectacular, in a low-key an occasionally macabre way.
Peeping Out the Nightclub
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 3200
When you shoot street there are sometimes things you discover after the shot that strike you as more significant than what you wanted to shoot in the first place. Such is the case here, I only noticed the guy peering out the top window when processing the shot.
Fuji, x100f, 35mm, f/2, 1/125s, ISO 200
People here love their street food. You can see people eating snacks at all times of the day (and night). This guy though, with the artificial blonde hair and the Sasa backdrop really stood out.
Choose Your Meat
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 1250
For me as a Frenchman used to mostly aseptic butchery stores, the naked meat on display in Hong Kong is both weird and strangely appealing. I have a lot more meat photos to share, but let’s start here.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1000
There are a few pedestrian streets in Wan Chai, in between Johnston Road and Queen’s Road East where street stalls have taken over. While most of them are a food or dry goods (or junk from over the border), there’s a nice enough flower stall there, and the owner seems fairly relaxed.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 800
I often walk past this seafood stall in the Causeway Bay wet market. That evening, the seller had this stance that reminded me of a dancer’s, so I pressed the button.