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

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

 

 

Revisiting Occupy: Mong Kok, Admiralty and Causeway Bay

The sites are being cleared even as I’m typing this.

So, this is going to be memory soon.

Mong Kok:

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Admiralty:

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Causeway Bay:

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Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak Ultramax 400

 

 

 

 

What Hong Kong Wants

I’ve been to the various protest sites over the past three weeks at various times.

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They keep changing.

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They keep changing simply because it is the nature of the protests.

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They require a constant infusion of people, energy and creativity, of which Hong Kong has in abundance.

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Hence, I kept raising my camera to my eye.

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These were taken at Mong Kok about three weeks ago.

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There is a need to see, understand and document.

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What Hong Kong wants – that’s not very difficult to understand.

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The writing is very clear.

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What Hong Kong will get, no one knows at this point.

We don’t really have a bird’s eye view.

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All one could do is to keep asking.

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And be willing to do the hard work.

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Sacrifice, toil and labour.

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And pray that something good will come out of it.

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The work of waiting and keeping watch goes on.

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And there’s always hope.

History will be the judge.

 

All images were taken with the Contax TVS street camera and converted into monochrome from a single roll of Fuji Superia 800 film.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love and Peace at Lennon Wall Hong Kong

This was what I saw at the Hong Kong Government Offices at Central.

You could think of this as a temporary exhibit, as an example of public art.

Is there an artist claiming responsibility for this?

I’ll let the wall speak for itself.

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All images taken with Contax TVS, loaded with Fuji S 400 film.

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting, Choosing, Eating

Every day, we do the same thing.

We wait.

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We’re waiting for something to happen.

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Or for someone to come along to give us the answer.

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We wait for that big transcendental Other, that Godot, to come along.

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We have a choice, we think.

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We choose.

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We consult.

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And hope for the best.

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And then we eat.

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And after all that, we’ll be merry.

For collectors: some images from this post are available as open edition prints.

 

Analysis Paralysis

Street photography can be an obsessive endeavour…

One day, I was walking around and I saw this.

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And I did another take just in case.

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And I went, oops, oops, there’s a bit of condensation on the lens.

Hence the slight foggy effect.

And again, after wiping the lens.

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Hmm … the left leg is slightly out of frame.

And again, after zooming out with my feet …

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Better, I think.

Check out the stark clarity of the pavement.

Hmm … that’s a Minolta Af-C camera loaded with Neopan 400CN.

Let’s see what my Contax TVS camera loaded with Venus 800 would look like.

Here we go again, after I’ve rummaged through my bag for a bit.

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And again.

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One last time, I promise.

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The image reminds me of a line I wrote in a poem: “It takes ten years to cultivate a tree, a century for a human being”.

It’s from a Chinese proverb “shi2 nian2 shu4 mu4, bai3 nian2 shu4 ren2”.

The things we do in the name of art …