Long Distance Street Photography

A good rule is worth breaking once in a while.

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There’s a quote attributed to Robert Capa that if your photos aren’t good enough, it’s because you aren’t close enough.

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Hence, the usual advice is to go for 28mm or 35mm lenses.

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But hey, sometimes it’s worth doing the opposite, just to see what happens.

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You look for colours.

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You look for grids.

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Blocky rectangular grids.

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There’s a story waiting to happen.

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On another day at Central.

Thanks for reading!

Camera: Canon Prima Twin S

Film: Kodak Ultramax 400

Canon Prima Twin S

Behold the Canon Prima Twin S!

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There’s 2 lenses here – the 38mm and 70mm.

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I figure it would be useful for street photography from 2 different distances.

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These are views from the escalators at Central.

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That’s Gage Street.

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Things get grungy here.

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It gets blurry – though I’d rather like the painterly effect.

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Thanks for reading!

 

Camera: Canon Prima Twin S

Film: Kodak Ultramax 400

Visual Treats

Yellow and red go well together.

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There’s something about film photography which gives that saturated look.

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That blue is nostalgia blue.

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White is off-white.

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There are many colours along the street.

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The street may look back at you.

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Though you may try to be unobtrusive.

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That’s the  beauty of the street.

Thanks for reading!

Camera: Olympus XA3

Film: Kodak UltraMax 400

 

Living Within Ourselves

We’re all caught within our own worlds.

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Not quite looking even when we’re looking.

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It’s an accumulation of life.

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A kind of mobility.

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We pace ourselves.

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A universe in a phone.

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A map is not the same as the world.

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Still we look at the map.

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We can’t live outside ourselves.

Camera: Olympus XA3

Film: Kodak UltraMax 400

 

 

 

 

A Short Story

It begins with a journey.

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Then there was land.

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Then there were people.

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It doesn’t take much to make a world.

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Neighbours.

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Some rules.

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Some more neighbours.

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And then you have a government.

And then we wait for things to sort themselves out.

In the meantime, my exhibition is still going on – come by if you’re in the area!

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN

On Being Careless

To be interested in street photography is to be careless.

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The above might look better if the boats were cut out of the photograph. The subject would be clearer.

But the eyes don’t always discriminate properly.

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Found scenes are things as they are.

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Boats and paths as they are.

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A child as he is.

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There’s an accommodation of sorts.

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An ordering of nature.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN

On Sense and Sensibility

What, really, is there to talk about when it comes to street photography?

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In the end, we’re capturing our selves.

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And the constraints that shape us.

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Street photography is another way of thinking.

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Another way of looking.

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Sometimes the scene seems a bit bare.

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Until one encounters a human figure.

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The art is long and life so short.

In the meantime, my exhibition is still on-going – come by if you’re in the area.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN

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

Against a Wall

This has been done many times before.

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I really like this wall.

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There’s texture, brick by brick.

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The colour is luminous.

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The window is dark enough.

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I’m a fly on the wall.

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Nice door.

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There’s no end to the stream of individuals.

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All deep in thought.

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Conversing with their individual humanity.

Camera: Olympus XA 3

Film: Kodak UltraMax 400