Hong Kong Lucida

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Chicken Rice Stall Series

Let’s say you’re standing in a long queue – the longer, the better.

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You’ll have an excuse to loiter and try different compositions as you move closer…

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There’s a rhythm you’re trying to capture.

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You try for a kind of harmony, a convergence of human actions.

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You don’t know when to stop looking.

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You go on trying one shot after another.

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Would the stack of bowls add to the composition, you wonder.

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Or is it better with the person out of focus but framed by the hanging chickens?

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Would it work better in landscape or portrait?

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Landscape is better – I think … but here the person is hidden.

There’s a potential statement here to be made about how human relations are obscured by commodities.

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Maybe having him framed after all is better.

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Is it better with the bowls partly showing?

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Or not? Maybe my next shot would be better.

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Maybe it’s better with the spoon container fully captured.

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Would it be better like this? Probably not. If only she’d turn around.

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Or this, after all? Nice, clean and simple. And the composition is busy enough to be interesting.

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Or perhaps this?

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5 comments on “Chicken Rice Stall Series

  1. laowhynot
    September 15, 2014

    Do people ever get mad at you for photographing them? I want to do a photo essay, but I have a hard time approaching people and asking them to take their photo without being a total awkward creep.

    • eddietay
      September 15, 2014

      Part of it is about being candid. Though sometimes, I’d just smile and point at my camera, and they’d just shrug. I’d take a photo, smile again, and move on. That’s why many of my street cameras are compact point and shoots, rather than those huge SLRs which can be intimidating.

      • laowhynot
        September 15, 2014

        I try to be candid, but I think that maybe it has something to do with me being a foreigner trying to photograph Chinese people…I think that bothers a lot of them for some reason. Using a smaller camera is probably a good idea though, thank you!

  2. mjkolba
    September 18, 2014

    Reblogged this on Toddler In Tow From Canada and commented:
    I love this blog’s style – cool photos and original topics and themes.
    Enjoy!

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