Hong Kong Lucida

A Thinking Street Photography Blog


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My name is Eddie Tay and I am a poet and university professor based in Hong Kong.

I am also the reviews editor of the literary journal CHA with which this blog is affiliated.

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. I have turned to photography in order to record some of these moments.

I soon discover that the photographs I am taking, using film rangefinder and compact 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.

I do write about street photography (among other things) in my research. More details here and here.


57 comments on “About

  1. James Dante
    September 1, 2013

    I’m looking forward to see more.

  2. James Dante
    September 1, 2013

    I’m looking forward to seeing more.

  3. David Ishaya Osu
    October 28, 2013

    I so admire the meditative or better put the mental threads that weave your photography and how you are able to deconstruct all this by the deployment of creative poetry. More Glories, and wonders. I’m your student, Prof Eddie. Glad connecting with a senior fellow poet and street photographer. Hoping to stay in touch.

    • eddietay
      October 28, 2013

      Many thanks for your kind words, David!

  4. Rajiv
    July 2, 2014

    Thanks for stopping by! You have an excellent blog..

  5. andypezzulo
    July 6, 2014

    Thank you for checking out my blog. I’m excited to see your upcoming posts!

  6. tashpix
    July 6, 2014

    Thanks for visiting “What I Watched Last Night…” Your investigations into the relationships between poetry and photography sound fascinating.

  7. Peter Micic
    July 6, 2014

    Wonderful blog Eddie:-)

  8. jcstreetwolf
    July 15, 2014

    Have you ever run into the DitigalRev guys out in Hong Kong? I hear that’s where they are based

    • eddietay
      July 15, 2014

      Not at all. But I like their very cool videos.

  9. Rajat Saksena
    July 21, 2014

    Thanks for liking my post. Your blog is very interesting.

  10. karen humilde
    July 27, 2014

    hi eddie! 🙂 thank you for following my blog 🙂

  11. Happy Anggraeni
    August 2, 2014

    Nice blog Eddie..and your photographs are awesome. Thank you for liking my post “Kizuna..student exchange to Japan” ..

  12. tony740607
    August 17, 2014

    I have been performing street photography in HK and there is so much potential there. You are in the right place for street photography. Good luck!

    • eddietay
      August 17, 2014

      Yup! There’s so much to Hong Kong. Thanks for reading!

  13. tommyshaw
    August 20, 2014

    Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. I look forward to following along with yours. I am headed to Hong Kong in December so if you have any tips on things to do I would love to hear them.

    • eddietay
      August 20, 2014

      Make sure to go to Shamshuipo – it’s a street photographer’s paradise! There’re lots of activities to point your camera at.

  14. yellowfluff
    August 30, 2014

    Thank you for liking my post and stopping by my blog. Hope you’ve had a great time during your stay here in Singapore. I hope you will come back here more often before the old Singapore is (totally) gone. I love Hong Kong for the food and shopping – I hope to be back there again in the near future 🙂

    • eddietay
      August 30, 2014

      Yup! Hong Kong is pretty good too!

  15. J.Gi Federizo
    September 20, 2014

    Hello, Mr. Eddie. Thanks for the LIKE on one of my recent posts….Wow, a photographer-poet!!! I am kind of envious….

  16. victorbwp
    September 29, 2014

    Good afternoon Mr. Eddie.

    You seem to be an amazing person, I love your taste in photography and your personality. This is the right type and taste I’m looking for to follow.

    Thanks for what you’re doing.
    Have a great day.


  17. ejaustenjones
    October 21, 2014

    Hi Eddie!
    I am totes interested in photography. I live in a Chinese shophouse in Singapore, and I love taking pix of these buildings.
    I’m also totes confused by what’s up in Hong Kong right now. The whole capitalism vs communism in China confuses the life out of me!
    EJ x

    • eddietay
      October 22, 2014

      Hello there. I suppose we all have to read and learn more. Photography is both about seeing and thinking.

  18. laurenmays
    October 22, 2014

    Hi Eddie! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration. I love what you’re doing here & I’m really glad to get more information about Hong Kong. Thank you for stopping by & liking my posts about HK. I loved my time there & hope to visit again soon 🙂

  19. Jack Crispy
    November 9, 2014

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and letting me know you like my post. I just want to say how impressed I am other your photography and the way you capture the life of the people and the everyday goings on of life on the streets of Hong Kong.

  20. C. E. Robinson
    November 15, 2014

    Thank you for visiting my site and liking the latest post. Looking forward to reading more about you, your photography and poetry!

  21. C. E. Robinson
    November 19, 2014

    I’m back Eddie! Thanks again for liking my Taipei and Hong Kong post! I’m awed by your HK street photography and poetry. And I want more bloggers to visit your site! I’ve just nominated your blog for a Liebster Blog Award! You can find out what it means and what the rules are here: http://cerobinsonauthor.com/2014/11/17/before-sundown-has-been-nominated-for-a-liebster-blog-award/

    • eddietay
      November 19, 2014

      Oh thank you! But it’s for blogs with fewer than 200 followers? I’m afraid there’re more than 200. But thank you anyway! 🙂

  22. Jasen Reyes
    November 22, 2014

    Great blog Eddie. I moved to Hong Kong about 9 months ago and have spent nearly all of my free time on street photography so your content is really interesting to me. Hong Kong is a gold mine for photographers and I can go to the same place many times and still find new and interesting things to shoot. Thanks for sharing this!

  23. themofman
    November 22, 2014

    Eddie, thanks for taking a look at the Hammer Home Street Photography Project.

    I’m already impressed by this SP project of yours. You have my attention.

    • eddietay
      November 22, 2014

      Thanks for the kind note. 🙂

      • themofman
        August 26, 2015

        “. . . and what can street photography teach me about Hong Kong,” that’s exactly right.

  24. DianaX
    December 5, 2014

    Thanks for visiting my site!

  25. ahouseofbooks
    December 5, 2014

    Wonderful photos – really glad I stumbled across your blog!

  26. Bob Mills
    December 19, 2014

    You re most kind for visiting and now following my blog. Your own looks very professional and I shall look forward to returning again soon.
    Best Regards my friend

  27. Mike
    January 14, 2015

    Just like me, film cameras and compact cameras. Singapore this year and hoping to visit Honk Kong next year. Looking forward to it.
    kind regards

    • eddietay
      January 14, 2015


      • Mike
        January 15, 2015

        I have just remembered, the system you use is called the f16 rule, it is what is printed on the inside of the film cartons.

      • eddietay
        January 15, 2015

        Cheers, Mike!

  28. kilaheem
    January 27, 2015

    your layout is excellent, can see back far in your archive with pictures and titles on the homepage for anything that seems appealing

    • eddietay
      January 27, 2015

      Thank you – it’s a good theme to use.

  29. Ompong
    April 16, 2015

    Lots of thanks for visiting my site, Eddie… I’m looking forward to seeing more of what you will share. 🙂

    • eddietay
      April 17, 2015

      You’ve a wonderful site – I’m looking forward to your posts as well.

  30. urbanshutterbuguk
    September 15, 2015

    Hi Eddie, thanks for visiting my blog & liking my post ‘Escapism’, it’s really appreciated. From reading your notes I feel we have a very similar philosophy to street photography.

    Keep up the great work, I’ll be following with interest!

  31. MrsD
    October 7, 2015

    Thanks for the visit and for liking my post My Mother’s Mother. Very pleased to get a “like” from a photographing poet. I’m also learning what I think from my photos … they just take place on a table top.
    I shall follow your street photos with interest.

  32. tammylwongmuses
    March 5, 2016

    Simply wonderful.

  33. Profusion of Eccentricities
    January 7, 2017

    Thanks for the like on my post. Your blog looks great, I look forward to reading more.

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