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

 

 

 

 

People and Things

There’s nothing new under the sun with street photography.

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There are things.

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There are people.

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There are people.

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And there are things.

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There are people and there are things.

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There’s no end to looking.

Camera: Olympus XA 3

Film: Kodak UltraMax 400

Some more Shamshuipo

I’m still walking around…

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The streets are exhibitions waiting to speak.

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What would the stall say?

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What’s he thinking about?

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We’re all concealed by what we buy and sell.

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We all buy and sell.

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We’re all waiting.

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Until it’s all meat…

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400

Walking Around

I have so many posts of the street markets at Shamshuipo.

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My only excuse is that things are always changing, and the streets are never the same from hour to hour.

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I’d wonder about the kind of life stories people have.

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What would we say, if we have had a chance to speak about ourselves to one another?

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I’m the guy with the camera who thinks too much.

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While someone else is having his siesta.

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The streets are so busy.

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400

On Looking

Sometimes it is the architecture of the city that teaches us how to look.

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We look up.

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We look again with a slight change of perspective.

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We glance from far away.

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A coordinated look.

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Look up, look down.

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We read.

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We wait and read and see.

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What does the look want?

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The look of friendship.

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak BW400CN

Corporate Cliches

We need to avoid doing the same thing and look out for or even create the next paradigm shift.

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We need to think about how we can add value to our work.

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It’s all about win-win.

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What’s our ROI on this?

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We need to think outside the box here.

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This is inevitable – it’s because of creative destruction.

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We need to synergize our mission and vision.

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Let’s pluck the low-hanging fruit for now and circle back to this discussion later.

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak BW400CN

Mindful Platitudes with Street Photography

What is the next step on the journey?

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Where should one go?

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What is your work building up to?

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Is it all in vain?

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Am I willing to own my mess and work with it?

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Perhaps there’s a need to sit down in the midst of things and regroup.

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Illumination can only emerge where there is darkness.

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You’ll find your own way.

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Look for the good stuff.

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And wait until it all becomes meaningful.

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak BW400CN

A Street Photographer’s Camera

I’ve been thinking a bit about the tools we use.

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A street camera is a machine for seeing.

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Frankly, any camera will do. But I prefer film cameras.

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For me, it’s a Leica M6 most of the time, because I need the meter once in a while.

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At other times, it’s a Contax TVS II, a Canon 600D (yes, a digital camera) with legacy lenses, or an Olympus XA 2, just to switch around a bit, to refresh my vision.

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I’m not adverse to using digital. But film cameras do last a long time.

Like my (2001 model) Toyota Corolla, which in Hong Kong, seems to be a mechanic’s favourite car.

It’s forgettable, reliable and replacement parts are easy to find.

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I’ve been reading about self-drive cars and their amazing electronics.

But I wonder how long the electronics would last.

Do we have to replace them the way we replace our tablets/smartphones/laptops?

I’m suspicious of planned (compelled) obsolescence.

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Would a digital camera last more than 3-5 years?

That’s the question I ask whenever I experience that rush of gear envy.

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Thanks for reading!

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Ilford XP2 400