What happens when you choose not to place people at the centre of things?
It’s a bit unsettling when humans are placed at the periphery.
We cannot help but still do so – the above is still a photograph about human activity.
Keyboards are for hands, pedals for feet.
We love our things.
We frame ourselves with things.
We wait for things.
We work with things.
We are things.
Some things out-wait us.
Camera: Spotmatic F
Lens: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 35mm F 3.5
Film: Fujifilm Superia Venus 800
Published by eddietay
I am a poet and an educator. I have come to realise in recent years that the act of writing poetry has trained my mind to be always on the prowl for everyday moments that might be suitable material for my writing.
Hence, I turn to photography in order to record some of these moments. I soon discover that the photographs I am taking, using film rangefinder cameras which are more discreet and hence suitable to the task at hand, are in the tradition of street photography.
In search of poetry, I have become a street photographer.
What can Hong Kong teach me about street photography, and what can street photography teach me about Hong Kong?
This blog seeks to address that question.
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2 thoughts on “Thingification”
Good post. Having people at the periphery can be a very effective technique – I like the effect it has.
Thank you! Yes, it’s something I’m consciously trying out.