Olympus XA2 at Brick Lane

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That’s part of a performance: it’s the London edition of Singapore: Inside Out.

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The street composes itself.

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Young artists.

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Rectangular grids are easy to do.

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The street is its own art.

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The people and the streets are one.

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Respect the street.

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Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400

Street Photography and Tourism

I’ve set a challenge for myself – to do tourism slightly differently.

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It’s a way of not spending money.

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Go to touristy sites and look at tourists.

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Turn that obligatory landmark photo into a street photograph.

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And then suddenly, everyday life becomes intriguing.

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Quiet moments are especially beautiful.

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You could still be a tourist in the Tube.

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Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2

Brick Lane, London

Brick Lane!
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This was where I was really inspired.

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The arty and grungy environment gets one in the mood for street photography.

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Everything seems to fit.

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The people and the walls go well together.

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A fantastic indie label.

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A self-portrait.

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He was cutting grass.

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Cool dude.

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The colours are simply wonderful.

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They saw me and waved.

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Beautiful people, beautiful wall art.

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The kids were enjoying the art too.

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Lots of cyclists.

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A smile and a frown.

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Hard at work.

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Another cyclist.

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Cool name for a shop.

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Taking a break.

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Nice juxtaposition.

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Another cyclist.

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Mischievous dino – I thought the colours went well together.

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The street art is gorgeous.

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Street art is meant to be seen with and by people.

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They had those in Paris too.

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Just another day for her.

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A reminder that I need to get closer.

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At Brick Lane, the street photographs present themselves one after another.

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I can’t click fast enough.

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This place is a visual cornucopia.

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And I saw this – an exhibition of Singaporean art at Brick Lane.

As it turned out, I bumped into Randy Chan, the curator of the exhibition. I recognized him from a photo in a newspaper report on the exhibition.

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More on Singapore: Inside Out in another post.

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I couldn’t resist a final shot at the entrance of this excellent place.

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Camera: Canon 600D

Lens: Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

Leica M6 Summicron Love

It’s been a while since I’ve given some love to my Leica M6.

The Minolta AF-C and Contax TVS point-and-shoot combo has pampered me.

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The auto-focus and auto-exposure modes do allow me to get into the flow of things, to the point where I’ve come to think of manual focusing and exposure as distractions to stealth and composition.

So I was worried that I’ve lost touch with the Leica M6 routine.

All images here are from Leica M6, 50mm Summicron Type II lens, on Fuji Superia 400.

A little warm up was needed.

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Testing testing. Got to be fast on the double-decker bus as the reflections are flitting past. Yes, I can rhyme pretty well.

A little practice on walls.

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No prizes for guessing where this is for HK film photography people: that film lab (Dot-Well Photo Workshop) across the road develops your film in 15 mins during non-rush hours, for the princely sum of HK$20.

The people working there exemplify the HK way of doing things – somehow they manage to be gruff, direct, and friendly at the same time. And all those film cameras piled up in there …

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And that building (Champagne Court at Kimberley Road) has a magnetic quality to it, given the vintage film camera shops.

I often go there with the intention of not buying a camera.

The prices could be a tad high, compared with the stalls at Shamshuipo.

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But it’s really apples vs oranges, since many of the Champagne Court shops cater to collectors who would then place the cameras in their cabinets, whereas the cameras stalls at Shamshuipo are more for users.

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Yes, I was spotted, so I did my silly-tourist-frowning-and-muttering-at-his-camera routine.

If they’re within earshot, I would mutter in my Klingon dialect.

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I’m happy I’m still able to capture images the way we look at other people in crowded urban landscapes. We see through glimpses.

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We glance at one another so as to be polite.

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We learn not to look too directly at people.

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