Hong Kong Lucida

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Street Thoughts

I don’t want to over-intellectualize things, but after doing this for a few years now, I’ve come to the conclusion that for me, to take street photographs is to think on my feet.

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When I came upon the above scene for example, I am reminded of how much culture depends on physical toil that is too often, invisible. We marvel at the Great Wall of China, at the pyramids in Egypt, and of course, there’s an invisible history of physical toil involved.

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I like the way signs are re-appropriated for other purposes. The full-size image of an air hostess welcomes you into the shop, which is closed for lunch. I make it a point to come here every time I’m in Singapore, to check out some of those NATO watch straps.

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The deployment of trees is part of the city’s architecture.

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The trees frame the building. Living in the city, we tend to forget that it is ultimately nature that frames human activity.

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Something we do every day, waiting at a pedestrian crossing. One of those insignificant yet ubiquitous experience that characterizes urban life which we tend to forget.

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Camera: Olympus XA 3

Film: Ilford XP2

 

 

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2 comments on “Street Thoughts

  1. mdw
    September 13, 2016

    Hey eddie…have you tried not thinking at all.
    Eye to finger to shutter button to eye again.

    Some call it the zone.
    Some say from the heart.
    Others call it zen.

    That place before the mind enters the scene and brands its watermark across your shot.

    All our shots start out from there.
    Then maybe we adjust to suit the brand.

    But i see your pics are coming from the heart.
    Keep em coming…

    • eddietay
      September 13, 2016

      And thank you for your kind comments!

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