Street Photography at Central, Hong Kong

I was at Central with about an hour to kill before a lunch meeting.

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Coincidentally, of course, I had my Canon 600D with a 40mm / f 2.8 STM lens.

I really like the above, with its three partitions.

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I thought I’d try my hand at street photography from a distance.

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Street photography with an urban landscape component.

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I walked up and down the Central Escalators for a bit.

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I feel I have more time to think about the background.

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The background is the foreground.

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Another urban landscape-ish skyline shot.

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Lots of people are hard at work in the sun.

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That’s a really big camera.

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Working hard.

Thanks for reading!

Camera: Canon 600D

Lens: Canon 40mm F 2.8 STM

Visions and Revisions (1 of 2)

I happened to chance on a folder I tucked away a few months back.

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I remember not being satisfied with the pictures.

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I though the colours were a bit off.

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Then I looked again and decided they’re pretty okay after all.

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This is Hong Kong.

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This is Hong Kong.

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This is Hong Kong.

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Sometimes a door opens.

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And we see ourselves as we truly are.


Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Fuji Superia 400



Fuji Superia Venus 800

I usually do very little post-editing, leaving the quality of the film to sort itself out.

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But the colours can turn out to be so very different from one exposure to another.

All images here are done with my Contax TVS, with Fuji Superia Venus 800.

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The above looks so lomography-ish.

I suppose lomography is point-and-shoot film photography write large.

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Then you have this, which seems a bit warm.

And then this:

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Greens and blues are rather saturated, with a gritty look to them.

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I waited a bit for the green canvas to be spread out, and was spotted.

So I smiled and waved, trying very hard to look like a silly tourist befuddled by his camera.

Oh look – yummy lychees!

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And here, the colours are muted.

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I was hoping for a silhouette effect.

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And then I switched off my camera, turned it on again, and forgot to de-activate the auto-flash function.

The flash went off less than 2 metres from him. He looked at my camera, and didn’t react…


I figured he must be deep in thought, or was he looking at something else…

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For collectors: open edition prints from this post are available here.




Ode to Retail

I don’t usually do color photography as I find it hard to “coordinate” the colors alongside the action in the frame. But the environment in this case seems to call out for it.

This was the beginning of a trip to Festival Walk, a shopping mall. My son wanted to pick up a few books at Page One. We sat at the front of a mini-bus.

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For those not familiar with Hong Kong: Festival Walk is a gigantic shopping mall with a skating rink and cinema. I often got lost the first few times I was here.

There are so many escalators and reflective surfaces. There is a fun house mirror effect every time we are on the escalators:

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We forget which way is up and which way is down…

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I think this is the point, that the design of malls are slightly disorienting so that the shopping experience feels slightly unreal. Our ability at making rational choices are somewhat incapacitated – we lose track of time and spend more than we had originally intended.

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I am reminded of a hotel called “Lotus Casino” in The Titan’s Curse, a novel in the Percy Jackson series, in which the characters were trapped. They were reluctant to leave the hotel because it was so fun. (The environment of casinos, of course, are meant to be unreal so that the chips [money] you’re losing look inconsequential anyway because you are just playing a game of Monopoly.) I’m thinking of those casinos in Macau now, especially the Greek Mythology Casino, complete with a gigantic statue of Zeus…

Here, the literary scholar in me is reminded of Fredric Jameson’s discussion of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, about how the postmodern architecture is tied in with the (totalitarian?) logic of late capitalism.

It’s so easy in the mall. We look and point and buy:

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Everything is on show and so very photogenic, and the unreal becomes part of the experienced reality we consume and hence take for real:

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I almost forgot to leave.