Some more Shamshuipo

I’m still walking around…

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The streets are exhibitions waiting to speak.

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What would the stall say?

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What’s he thinking about?

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We’re all concealed by what we buy and sell.

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We all buy and sell.

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We’re all waiting.

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Until it’s all meat…

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400

Singapore Street Photography

These are various snapshots in Singapore, with no particular order or theme in mind.

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Though I must confess a significant number of images have to do with food…

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He’s eating.

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He’s texting.

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He’s working really hard.

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He’s buying.

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I’m buying.

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I’m buying some more.

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These, I suppose, make up part of what Singapore is.

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2

Penang’s Gurney Drive

I was in Penang recently with my family and many of the street pictures were taken with my Olympus XA 2, in-between vacation shots taken with my Canon 600D.

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The above was taken while riding a trishaw.

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Another shot, taken from a trishaw.

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The Gurney Drive street food market was where we found ourselves on most days.

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Fried oyster!

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Yummy!

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Lok lok!

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Laksa!

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That’s the “Chinese rojak” stall.

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That’s the Indian rojak stall.

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Sotong kangkong!

So yes, street food was on the top of our list at Penang.

Camera: Olympus XA 2

Film: Agfa Vista 400

Geocaching and Street Photography

So, my ten-year-old son is into Geocaching.

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It’s basically a game where you hunt for hidden caches – you could then sign your name in the booklet in those canisters/boxes hidden or buried in various places in Hong Kong and the rest of the world.

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We’ve found magnetic canisters stuck behind signposts, or hidden under piled-up logs full of ants and spiders.

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You could then announce your success to the whole world and leave a few clues via the Geocache app.

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So you see, it’s killing two birds with one stone.

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I get to do a spot of street photography, and my son gets to do a bit of geocaching.

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That’s what I call father-son bonding.

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It doesn’t matter where I go as long as I’m on the streets.

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We could meander and come back to the same place – it doesn’t matter.

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Some people fish, others are into street photography, and of course, some are into geocaching.

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And we’ll have a late lunch after a morning of running back and forth.

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I suppose it’s another day in Hong Kong.

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We do what we can to preserve our sanity…

 

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm 1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Rice Stall Series

Let’s say you’re standing in a long queue – the longer, the better.

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You’ll have an excuse to loiter and try different compositions as you move closer…

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There’s a rhythm you’re trying to capture.

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You try for a kind of harmony, a convergence of human actions.

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You don’t know when to stop looking.

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You go on trying one shot after another.

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Would the stack of bowls add to the composition, you wonder.

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Or is it better with the person out of focus but framed by the hanging chickens?

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Would it work better in landscape or portrait?

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Landscape is better – I think … but here the person is hidden.

There’s a potential statement here to be made about how human relations are obscured by commodities.

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Maybe having him framed after all is better.

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Is it better with the bowls partly showing?

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Or not? Maybe my next shot would be better.

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Maybe it’s better with the spoon container fully captured.

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Would it be better like this? Probably not. If only she’d turn around.

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Or this, after all? Nice, clean and simple. And the composition is busy enough to be interesting.

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Or perhaps this?

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Singapore Speaks Monochrome

Singapore is a work in progress, and the physical landscape never fails to remind you of this.

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There could be cranes in the sky in built-up areas, and there could be views like the one below.

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Occasionally, it gets a bit postmodern, like this:

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The inside wants to be outside.

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Our desires/appetites/wants/needs are very well structured and catered to.

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Everything is for sale.

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Cities are places where appetites are met.

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Appetites transcend national boundaries …

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Pig organ soup, anyone? It’s actually quite yummy.

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Waiting.

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Doing.

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Working.

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Cooking.

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Buildings are structures of desires.

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There’s ambition in the architecture.

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These are homely desires.

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There’s an architecture of modernity.

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An architecture of nationhood.

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And space in which we simply do nothing at all.

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