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

 

Urban Space in Singapore

We like to know where we are in urban space.

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We cannot help ourselves.

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We need to know where we are.

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We need space to frame ourselves.

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But space can speak for itself.

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Sometimes we’re simply compelled to look.

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And look again.

Thanks for reading!

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak UltraMax 400

 

Rural Views

I’m here again and again.

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It doesn’t look like much – but it has wonderful views.

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The environment is a work of art.

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The mood is always leisurely.

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The debris is zen.

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There’s artless beauty here.

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I’m happy to be marooned here.

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Venus 800

The Management of Space

We’re all very space conscious in Hong Kong.

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Everyone is watchful.

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Are windows for looking in or looking out?

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We’re mindful of where not to go.

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We know where we are at all times.

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Even nature has discipline.

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A tree bends to seek a path.

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A home is both inside and outside.

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Storage space is outside.

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A home is a store.

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Venus 800

On Looking

Sometimes it is the architecture of the city that teaches us how to look.

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We look up.

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We look again with a slight change of perspective.

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We glance from far away.

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A coordinated look.

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Look up, look down.

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We read.

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We wait and read and see.

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What does the look want?

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The look of friendship.

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak BW400CN

Corporate Cliches

We need to avoid doing the same thing and look out for or even create the next paradigm shift.

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We need to think about how we can add value to our work.

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It’s all about win-win.

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What’s our ROI on this?

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We need to think outside the box here.

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This is inevitable – it’s because of creative destruction.

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We need to synergize our mission and vision.

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Let’s pluck the low-hanging fruit for now and circle back to this discussion later.

Camera: Contax TVS II

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

A Street Photographer’s Camera

I’ve been thinking a bit about the tools we use.

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A street camera is a machine for seeing.

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Frankly, any camera will do. But I prefer film cameras.

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For me, it’s a Leica M6 most of the time, because I need the meter once in a while.

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At other times, it’s a Contax TVS II, a Canon 600D (yes, a digital camera) with legacy lenses, or an Olympus XA 2, just to switch around a bit, to refresh my vision.

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I’m not adverse to using digital. But film cameras do last a long time.

Like my (2001 model) Toyota Corolla, which in Hong Kong, seems to be a mechanic’s favourite car.

It’s forgettable, reliable and replacement parts are easy to find.

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I’ve been reading about self-drive cars and their amazing electronics.

But I wonder how long the electronics would last.

Do we have to replace them the way we replace our tablets/smartphones/laptops?

I’m suspicious of planned (compelled) obsolescence.

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Would a digital camera last more than 3-5 years?

That’s the question I ask whenever I experience that rush of gear envy.

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Thanks for reading!

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Ilford XP2 400

Fare Well Occupy Central

All images were taken with one camera on a single roll of film on the same day.

Fare well, Occupy Central.

At Causeway Bay.

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Freedom under watch.

 

At Admiralty.

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Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak UltraMax 400

 

Street Exhibits at Admiralty

This is getting obsessive, I know. But I can’t help but think it’s important to document these sites.

They aren’t going to be here forever.

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I think these are supposed to resemble corpses, indicating that the protesters would be waiting here till they die.

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An installation of a protester.

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(Very) rough translation: Respect Hong Kong’s right to decide.

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The umbrellas.

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The hope of a generation.

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A closer look.

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Another installation. There were many of these on the road.

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Learning from history and literature – is it possible to argue against the above banner?

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Umbrella revolution – a work in progress.

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Hmm…

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The writing on the wall.

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A minion!

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A balloon with inverted umbrellas.

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Message behind bars.

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There are so many banners.

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The people continue to speak.

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Still waiting.

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Building a community.

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If I’m not wrong, that’s the traditional practice of using a slipper to slap a picture of your enemy.

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That’s a pretty strong statement.

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That’s what it’s about.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Fuji Venus 800