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

 

When Streets Are Busy

When streets are busy, they look like this:

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No one notices the guy with the camera:

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People are too preoccupied:

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Work work work.

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Sell sell sell.

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Buy buy buy.

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Go go go.

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Thanks for reading!

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Agfa Vista 400

 

Art-making

Street photography is about found action.

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It’s when you realize the environment is a material you could draw from.

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It’s arrested action.

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There’re inadvertent art displays.

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Someone positioned these just so.

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The goods are guiding our eyes.

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The entire environment is for consumption.

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Colours are for sale.

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Shoes are waiting.

Thanks for reading!

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Agfa Vista 400

 

Spaces of Discipline

We shape the city.

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The city shapes us.

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We create new possibilities.

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But there’re only so many paths you could choose to take.

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Sometimes the view surprises us.

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Sometimes it stops us from going further.

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We have to do the work of philosophy.

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To think about what we’re moving, and what moves us.

Buy my book! Buy my book!

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak UltraMax 400

 

 

 

 

Spaces of Beauty

Whenever we’re in Singapore, my children get to attend school there. So they get to see their classmates in Singapore once a year, for a few weeks.

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This area is near my daughter’s school.

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The reds and greens interact nicely.

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So yes, it’s good to carry a film camera wherever I go.

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I spent a few mornings thinking about colours and composition.

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Things make sense here.

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This is everyday Singapore.

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak UltraMax 400

 

Another Place in HK

Sometimes, we need to disappear into that rabbit hole.

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To an alternative Hong Kong.

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Where you could walk at your own pace and not worry about obstructing others on a crowded pavement.

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You could take your time (and not have it taken away from you).

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You could just stay put.

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Have some peace of mind.

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And mental space.

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Fuji Venus 800