Against a Wall

It’s a simple idea – one I’ve used many times.img_20160929_0023-640

A simple wall with interesting texture.

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A window.

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And equally interesting people.

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The composition takes care of itself.

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Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander 35 Nokton 1.4 SC

Film: Venus 800

 

Finding Flow

Part of street photography or art-making is about finding flow.

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Such that one is immersed in the activity.

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Such that you could forget yourself.

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And find meaning in it.

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The notion of flow – many thanks to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

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It’s about looking, constantly looking.

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Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander 35 Nokton 1.4 SC

Film: Venus 800

 

The Street Makes Sense

The thing with Shamshuipo is that one could walk slowly amongst pockets of crowds.

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You could flow along comfortably.

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Even if you stop, there’s space enough for you to do so.

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So many people and things to look at.

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Hope and dreams of finding a space.

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The street belongs.

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The street can disintegrate.

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The street makes sense, if you keep looking.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander 35 Nokton 1.4 SC

Film: Venus 800

 

 

Cheung Chau Again

Some more thoughts of Cheung Chau.

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One photograph, one thought.

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It’s a nice local economy one could believe in.

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It’s a personable economy.

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A joyful economy.

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Though sometimes you’d have to wait for a bit.

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Public sculptures.

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There’s time for a conversation.

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Time to stroll.

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Time to sort it all out.

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It’s all very laid back.

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Part of it is in shadow.

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It’s not always peachy.

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There’re always things to buy!

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People to look at.

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And a wall to lean on.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Ilford XP2

Cheung Chau

On Cheung Chau island.

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The atmosphere is rather relaxed.

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One could dream of a life here.

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It’s one of those possible doorways.

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One could just stand here and admire the wall.

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Lack of love?

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An advertising and laundry space.

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Very homely.

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Though sometimes we could be in a hurry.

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Oh I’m dreaming I’m dreaming of a slower pace of life.

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Is it possible?

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It is possible.

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Maybe I’m romanticizing too much.

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It’s a possibility, I suppose.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Ilford XP2

 

 

A Short Hike

There’s nothing like a short walk to get away from the city, even if it’s just for a bit.

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We all need breaks.

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A short climb.

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Getting there.

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So one could disappear.

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There’s a haiku in there waiting to be written…

 

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Ilford XP2

The Management of Space in a Village

It goes without saying that space is at a premium in Hong Kong.

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This is true even in the more rural areas.

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Things need to stay organized.

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Nature needs to know its place.

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Heidegger: “Everywhere everything is ordered to stand by, to be immediately at hand, indeed to stand there just so that it may be on call for a further ordering. Whatever is ordered about in this way has its own standing. We call it the standing-reserve.”

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It’s all standing by.

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Nothing is to be wasted.

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It’s all about discipline.

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Places to go, and places you can’t go.

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All these structures are standing, even in our literal absence.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Ilford XP2