Tai Po Market Area

That’s the bustling area near Tai Po Market MTR Station.

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The trick I suppose with street photography is to find a place that is bustling and yet not too crowded so you could walk and stop comfortably without being too conspicuous.

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Lots of metaphorical possibilities here.

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Tree + building + bamboo scaffolding = Hong Kong!

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Rectangular grids.

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It’s a hot day.

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A shredded plastic bag as leading line.

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Yummy watermelons!

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Longans!

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Street exhibition.

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Let the buildings speak.

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Hard at work.

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I managed to take all these shots before my Contax TVS II decided to call it a day. The shutters stuttered and died.

I’ve been to a few repair places and was told, well, that’s the story of vintage electronic film cameras. Sigh.

And guess what … it’s loaded with one of my few remaining rolls of the discontinued Kodak BW400CN.

Sigh.

Oh well … at least I have one more working TVS II and another TVS I…

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak BW400CN

 

Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront

At the TST waterfront.

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A bubby tent thing for kids I think.

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Dreamy hazy glow.

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Cultural Centre with a ghostly look…

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A clearer view of the waterfront.

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Where are we going?

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The ice cream mobile.

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The obligatory Orientalist shot of Chinese junk ship sail.

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Watch your step!

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Buskers … argh … someone’s finger got in the way. Still, I think it’s nicely flawed.

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Nice architecture.

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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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Thanks for reading!

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

 

 

When Streets Are Busy

When streets are busy, they look like this:

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No one notices the guy with the camera:

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People are too preoccupied:

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Work work work.

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Sell sell sell.

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Buy buy buy.

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Go go go.

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Thanks for reading!

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Agfa Vista 400

 

Art-making

Street photography is about found action.

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It’s when you realize the environment is a material you could draw from.

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It’s arrested action.

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There’re inadvertent art displays.

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Someone positioned these just so.

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The goods are guiding our eyes.

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The entire environment is for consumption.

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Colours are for sale.

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Shoes are waiting.

Thanks for reading!

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Agfa Vista 400

 

Singapore Vertigo

Singapore can be vertiginous at times.

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You look up.

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You could lose your balance.

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It’s a culture on display.

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A culture that wants to be legible.

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It wants to be read globally.

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To be taken seriously.

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There’s an official stamp on everything.

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We see what we are supposed to see.

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A people on display.

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No one can truly be at rest.

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We keep on looking.

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Agfa Vista 400