Memories of Mong Kok

So, here’re some memories of Mong Kok.

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They were trying to create a better community.

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The streets announced their will.

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The exhibits were playful: this looked like an umbrella carousel.

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There were thoughtful moments like this at Mong Kok.

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There were hard hats with a tough message.

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There was a clear intention.

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There was energy.

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There were tents.

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There were floating umbrellas.

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Pretty umbrellas.

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The streets belonged to its people.

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The signs and umbrellas were there.

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There were ominous moments.

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The graduates were there.

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They were preparing for an eventuality.

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Yellow and blue went well together.

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There were selfie moments.

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He told me to take a picture and share it.

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Goodbye tents, goodbye Occupy Mong Kok.

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lens: Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Oreston 50mm f 1.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yuen Long Wet Market

We were at a wet market in Yuen Long.

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I walked past this shed and felt I really had to take a shot.

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If you’re in construction, you have to be a bit of a Spiderman.

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They’re very agile.

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Chicken rice stall.

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We walked through a wet market.

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Straw hats for sale.

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Very fried and oily calamari (or were they oysters)?

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I thought the wall was rather beautiful.

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I was having a William Eggleston moment here.

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The second floor of a village house.

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Dried seafood.

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More dried seafood.

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Some more dried seafood.

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Dried seafood, anyone?

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Last chance to buy dried seafood!

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Scaffoldings offer lots of compositional possibilities.

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I walked around to obtain different angles.

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I have so many others but I’ll stop here.

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The underside of awnings too, can be beautiful.

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Check out the lines, colours and shadows.

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Sometimes the most common of things can offer up beauty.

The blue and yellow above go very well together.

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The arm offers a quirky variation to the scene.

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Bamboo scaffolding.

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Some more scaffolding.

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Parking lot signage.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

All photographs here were taken with the now classic Canon G11.

 

 

 

Yuen Long: Hello Kitty Organic Farm and Harbin Ice Festival

So, my family did the excursion package thing again and we went to the Hello Kitty Organic Farm and Harbin Ice Festival.

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First stop – Hello Kitty Go Green Organic Farm.

Check out the landscape here – I’m beginning to think it’s a myth that Hong Kong does not have enough land.

This is usually cited as an explanation for high property prices.

I’m beginning to think: if this is indeed a myth, then who benefits from this?

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There’re activities for kids here – they get a map and they’re supposed to get stamps at various stations.

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There’re handmade toys for sale.

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Plants for sale.

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Turn left for Hello Kitty.

Turn right for Hello Kitty.

Walk ahead for Hello Kitty.

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Run for Hello Kitty.

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Hello Kitty refreshment corner.

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It’s actually a very beautiful and intriguing place if you’re into (street) photography.

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Shady scarecrow.

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You could rent a plot of land here for a few months to tend to your crops.

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It’s all very properly laid out, with your name written down so you won’t end up tending to someone else’s plot.

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Feed the goat!

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Ditto what I said earlier about land in Hong Kong.

Look at my clever composition.

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Tiny windmill, tiny scarecrow.

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Ah – the pastoral life…

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Chrysanthemum tea for sale.

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Washing hands after feeding the goats.

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My very suave shadow.

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Our cheerful excursion guide.

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Boredom in the tour coach.

Yes finally, we arrived at the Harbin Ice Festival.
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The colours and lines look well-balanced to me.

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Nice looking cable tower…

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We were in the exhibition hall at Harbin Ice Festival.

It’s minus 10 degrees Celsius in here.

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Psychedelic penguin.

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Everything here is carved out of ice.

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I paid close attention to the colours.

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I’m having a Martin Parr moment.

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Bye bye and thanks for stopping by!

 

All pictures were taken with Canon G11, which you could now call a classic camera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Occupy Central: A Monochrome Meditation

All images were taken with one camera, one lens, on the same roll of film and on the same day.

 

This is a visual meditation on Occupy Central.

Once upon a time, Occupy Central was an idea. It was an event that was yet to come.

It then became an event.

It will be an event that is always already present, even if it ends today or at some point in the future.

 

At Admiralty.

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At Mong Kok.

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At Causeway Bay.

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Thanks for reading.

 

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f 1.4 SC

Film: Ilford XP2 400

 

 

 

Winding Down?

There’s definitely a sense that things are winding down at two of the three Occupy sites.

There’re fewer tents now at Mong Kok.

I’m focusing more on the objects this time – how do you photograph tents and people that are not there?

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At Admiralty, the tents are still holding forth, and the art works are still looking robust.

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Causeway Bay is a bit quiet these days, though there’re still people who would pause to read the messages.

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Thanks for reading.

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lens: Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Lydith 30mm f 3.5

Revisiting Occupy: Mong Kok, Admiralty and Causeway Bay

The sites are being cleared even as I’m typing this.

So, this is going to be memory soon.

Mong Kok:

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Admiralty:

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Causeway Bay:

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Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak Ultramax 400

 

 

 

 

Occupy: Mong Kok, Admiralty and Causeway Bay

So – I managed to go to all three sites on the same afternoon.

At Mong Kok.

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People are still smiling.

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Mannequins are still standing.

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Though there’s a sense that this might be over soon…

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I’ll never look at umbrellas the same way again.

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Umbrellas and street culture are now intertwined.

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Lots of artists have emerged.

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Every person an umbrella.

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We are all umbrellas.

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No violence, please.

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The hope of a generation is here.

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I’m ambivalent when it comes to the police.

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The police stands for law and order.

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I respect the police, but what happens when the law privileges a particular social order that is in question?

Over at Admiralty.

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An umbrella community.

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We’re all waiting and watching.

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We see the organic growth of a community.

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A community that stands for something.

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An artful and thoughtful community is emerging.

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Though it’s all eggs against a brick wall.

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Vigilance.

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Constant vigilance.

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A poem by Gu Cheng entitled “A Generation”: Dark night has given me dark eyes, but I’m using them to look for brightness.

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These are students of history and poetry.

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I see students like this on campus every day.

I teach them poetry and creative writing.

They’re somewhat goofy, always respectful, and many do have a strange fondness for Doraemon soft toys.

They bring these soft toys along with them for pictures on graduation day.

Now they’re a force of social change, graduating with honours.

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It’s not just the students, of course.

The carpenters show up to be carpenters.

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It is already done.

Even if the barricades are cleared and all have gone home, Occupy Central would be that powerful idea that will be always ever present.

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The rest is just documentation.

Occupy Central is already set in memory, in photographs, social media, in newspaper and government reports.

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The skeleton of the umbrella is strong.

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There are no wasted bodies on the streets.

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They know what they want.

At Causeway Bay.

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The Hong Kong people.

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The small business owners.

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The umbrella is looking somewhat tattered but the sentiment is strong.

Rough translation: the work is hard but keep going.

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In the end, history will decide.

 

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lenses: SMC Takumar 24mm f 3.5, Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Oreston 50mm f 1.8