Things on Their Own

Another day of not going anywhere, thanks to Covid-19.

Walked around and looked at nothing.

But there’s no such thing as nothing.

Everything speaks.

Our aspirations and joy.

Rules in many languages.

Things tell our lives.

Things arranged into sense.

Things in order.

The observer becomes a shadow.

Everyday Things

These are things I see on a daily basis.

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James Elkins: “When we are confronted with an unfamiliar object … we seek a body in it; we try to see something like ourselves…” (The Object Stares Back, p. 129)

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I see, therefore I am.

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This is my mind, even if it’s only for a while.

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Sometimes I feel like this.

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Mostly though, I’m like this.

 

This is a third companion piece, after Mundane Objects and  Common Things.

 

Camera: Canon Prima Twin S

Film: Fuji Superia Venus 800

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

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

The Management of Space

We’re all very space conscious in Hong Kong.

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Everyone is watchful.

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Are windows for looking in or looking out?

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We’re mindful of where not to go.

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We know where we are at all times.

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Even nature has discipline.

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A tree bends to seek a path.

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A home is both inside and outside.

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Storage space is outside.

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A home is a store.

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Venus 800

How We Live with Concrete

I’m fascinated by what you could see when coming down the Mid-Levels Escalator at Central in Hong Kong.

You could see lots of small businesses, restaurants and shops.

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You could also see unruly leaves and branches against grey concrete buildings.

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They’re part of human activity.

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Things happen, though they don’t always announce themselves.

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Life is understated sometimes.

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At other times, it is in your face.

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This is how concrete lives.

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How we live with concrete.

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The unruly beauty of nature and concrete.

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We can’t help but look again and again.

 

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Ilford XP2 400

 

Slow Down

We’ll need to slow down.

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We can’t think like skyscrapers.

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We need to dwell a little bit.

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Take a walk.

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Sometimes to be inane is to make sense.

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A certain order at a certain time.

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Think good thoughts.

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Let a thousand thoughts flourish.

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So we need a better government of our selves.

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So as not to run aground.

 

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm 1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN