Tsim Sha Tsui at Night

So here’s TST at night.

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Everyone has a place to get to.

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Spotted.

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Someone’s waiting.

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Someone’s looking.

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Someone’s packing.

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Someone’s unloading.

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Boxes that have lost their purpose.

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The mannequins and model are more alive than actual people.

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We’re all shadows in a cave of our own making.

 

Mong Kok: Colourful Preoccupations

Mong Kok has become colourful and purposeful.

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Something is waiting to happen.

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The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind…

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Waiting.

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Intentions.

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It’s all on the wall.

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The barricades.

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Even the minions are here, patiently manning the barricades.

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We’re all tourists here.

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The lion wants true universal suffrage.

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The people are here to stay.

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Resting.

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Reading.

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The umbrellas were indeed open at 6p.m., 28th October, to remember the teargas used by the police on the protesters a month ago.

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It says “Stop unethical policing”, not “stop policing”.

There is still a need for law and order.

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lens: Meyer Optik Gorlitz Lydith 30mm f/3.5

 

 

Love and Peace at Mongkok

I’m a Singaporean, a poet, street photographer, and a literature professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

My students have told me they’re boycotting classes indefinitely. I am proud of them. How can one not be moved?

We can only occupy what’s central to our heart: love, peace.

This was what I saw on the streets of Mongkok on the afternoon of 30th Sept.

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Messages pasted on the side of a bus. The tape is removable and non-destructive.

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Delivering supplies to protesters.

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Securing a supplies tent.

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Labour of love.

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Film crew on the rooftop of the entrance to Mongkok MTR Station.

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The message.

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Determination.

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There’re really people cleaning the streets! This is civil disobedience.

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The scene at Argyle Street.

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At one point, the road needed to be cleared for supply trucks.

They held hands to clear the road.

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The scene at Nathan Road.

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No violence. A reminder by a protester.

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Translation: I love Hong Kong. My sentiments exactly.

In Dec this year, I would have lived here for ten years.

My son has spent more than half his life here.

My daughter was born here.

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Note that no spray paint has been used at any point.

They used chalk.

Everything is non-destructive.

This is civil disobedience at work.

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Translation: treasured students, we love you. My sentiments exactly.

The rest of the photographs were taken by my ten-year-old son (who was standing next to me as I was writing this).

Yes – it’s the kind of protest you could bring your kid to.

I saw a few families sitting on the road with kids younger than five.

I want my son to watch and learn.

My son will eventually return to Singapore to do his national service.

He’ll hold a rifle, learn to throw a grenade and experience the effects of tear gas as part of his military training.

These are things I’ve done as a Singaporean twenty years ago.

I want him to know what it means to love one’s country.

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Democracy – that’s an important word I’ll teach my son.

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Medical station.

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A box containing yellow ribbons, with instructions as to how to wear them.

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A street exhibition.

Stay safe and don’t forget to bring your umbrellas, people of Hong Kong!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mongkok

Again, I find myself wandering around in Mongkok.

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I find that the side streets parallel to Nathan Road are more conducive to street photography.

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The pace is slower, it’s less crowded and so you can see further and anticipate, unlike the pavements on both sides of Nathan Road on weekends or during rush hour.

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For the above, I zone-focused, snapped and turned around without even stopping.

Yes, it’s my Olympus XA2 again, loaded with Ilford XP2 400. It’s so small once you remove the flash.

So it’s always with me.

There’s yummy sugar cane juice at the coconut master’s shop.

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There’re quite a few shops selling traditional Chinese foodstuff along Woosung Street.

They sun some of their goods on the street…

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There’re lots of people in this particular shop.

So I hung around outside for a bit.

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This por por in the photograph below took some time to select the lap cheong (Chinese dried sausage).

So naturally I took a few shots of her.

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She suddenly turned around and said in Cantonese, “Oi, handsome, are you done? The hook is too high.”

So naturally I obliged.

Street photographers are supposed to fade into the background, but I suppose it’s hard to do so for me given my looks …

😛

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Thanks for reading!