Tai Po Market Area

That’s the bustling area near Tai Po Market MTR Station.

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The trick I suppose with street photography is to find a place that is bustling and yet not too crowded so you could walk and stop comfortably without being too conspicuous.

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Lots of metaphorical possibilities here.

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Tree + building + bamboo scaffolding = Hong Kong!

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Rectangular grids.

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It’s a hot day.

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A shredded plastic bag as leading line.

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Yummy watermelons!

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Longans!

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Street exhibition.

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Let the buildings speak.

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Hard at work.

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I managed to take all these shots before my Contax TVS II decided to call it a day. The shutters stuttered and died.

I’ve been to a few repair places and was told, well, that’s the story of vintage electronic film cameras. Sigh.

And guess what … it’s loaded with one of my few remaining rolls of the discontinued Kodak BW400CN.

Sigh.

Oh well … at least I have one more working TVS II and another TVS I…

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak BW400CN

 

On Being Careless

To be interested in street photography is to be careless.

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The above might look better if the boats were cut out of the photograph. The subject would be clearer.

But the eyes don’t always discriminate properly.

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Found scenes are things as they are.

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Boats and paths as they are.

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A child as he is.

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There’s an accommodation of sorts.

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An ordering of nature.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN

On Sense and Sensibility

What, really, is there to talk about when it comes to street photography?

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In the end, we’re capturing our selves.

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And the constraints that shape us.

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Street photography is another way of thinking.

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Another way of looking.

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Sometimes the scene seems a bit bare.

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Until one encounters a human figure.

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The art is long and life so short.

In the meantime, my exhibition is still on-going – come by if you’re in the area.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN

Mindful Platitudes with Street Photography

What is the next step on the journey?

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Where should one go?

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What is your work building up to?

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Is it all in vain?

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Am I willing to own my mess and work with it?

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Perhaps there’s a need to sit down in the midst of things and regroup.

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Illumination can only emerge where there is darkness.

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You’ll find your own way.

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Look for the good stuff.

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And wait until it all becomes meaningful.

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak BW400CN

Looking for Inspiration

Inspiration – that sudden realization.

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Some find it in trees.

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Others find it in rocks.

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Many find it in the interaction between the built and natural environment.

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There’s a biblical angle to inspiration, akin to revelation.

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What is the street asking of me these days?

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What is my street?

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Is it an impersonal grid?

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Is there a personality emerging?

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Where is the street these days?

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These are all reflections of our selves.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN

What We’re Looking For

We’re all looking for something.

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There’s a gap in our lives.

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If only that gap could be filled, we’ll be happy.

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We all want something.

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Anything.

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A friend.

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A thing.

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To whet an appetite.

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After that, the world would make more sense.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN

Let the People Walk

Stand at a corner and look confused.

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Fumble with my camera long enough and someone will walk past.

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I’ll look a bit lost and confused and frown at my camera.

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I wasn’t holding the camera to my eye.

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Another favourite activity: aim at the window.

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And let people get in my way.

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I’ve come to appreciate photographs that look like they were taken accidentally.

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Street photography is an art that requires artlessness.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN

Street Photography and Human Presence

Must we have people in street photography?

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Or is the mere suggestion of human presence enough?

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I’ve grown to appreciate the poetry of things.

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So as to be on the lookout for stories to tell.

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There’s a poetics of space here.

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There’s a story of workmanship here waiting to be told.

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What sort of obstruction is being prohibited? Are the owners of those chairs obstructing access to the door prohibiting obstructions to the chairs? Isn’t the sign itself obstructing access to those chairs?

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Work, work, work.

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The labour of mobility.

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So that we know the weight of things.

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The signpost of a neighbourhood.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN

 

Work Ethic

Hong Kong people work very hard.

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You could attribute it to culture.

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Or you could attribute it to the nature of an economy that drives its people.

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We are our work.

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Work teaches us to be.

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To do otherwise is a privilege most can’t afford.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN