Hong Kong Lucida

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Not Shopping at Tsim Sha Tsui

All images here are shot at Tsim Sha Tsui with the Contax TVS II loaded with Fuji Venus 800 film.

The Contax TVS series of film cameras are gorgeous, with titanium bodies, aperture priority and P modes.

There’s a 28-56 focal length zoom which is ideal for street photography.

For me, they are the more nimble younger siblings of the Contax T3.

Which explains why I went out the other day with the intention of not buying that Contaxt TVS II I had seen, complete with the databack.

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This person saw what I was about to do, and smiled.

Check out that SLR camera-thing his buddy behind him was carrying.

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Hong Kong people work really hard.

We keep saying that Hong Kong is a shopping paradise.

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Of course, we need people to service the economy.

There are shoppers just as there are delivery people.

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A salute to the people who keep things going.

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Sometimes they are invisible to the shoppers, often faceless and anonymous.

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We should make it a point to notice people more …

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To see the difference between glamour and real people.

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Otherwise, we’re nothing more than mannequins looking at other mannequins.

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For collectors: open edition prints from this post are not available here.

I suppose that’s my (ironic) gesture of commitment to the push and pull of capitalist logic…

 

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4 comments on “Not Shopping at Tsim Sha Tsui

  1. philosophoenix
    June 17, 2014

    “Mannequins looking at other mannequins.” Some might say we are just that, and I love that you’ve said this. Personally, I feel that our conscious experience, and our full participation in the interactive, polyvalent narrative that is Culture, are what render us more than just meat puppets.
    Fantastic images of the underpinning effort that keeps the particular construct of the Marketplace running.

    • eddietay
      June 17, 2014

      Thanks for your comments! I gather you have a literary/critical theory background?

      • philosophoenix
        June 17, 2014

        To some degree, the answers are both “yes,” although I never really thought about it in such terms. I’m in love with the experience of my life, with writing, reading, talking, thinking, and the act of looking at the world. Also, I have a dangerous passion for thinkers like Derrida and Foucault, not to mention innumerable others.

      • eddietay
        June 17, 2014

        Fascinating!

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