Brick Lane, London

Brick Lane!
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This was where I was really inspired.

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The arty and grungy environment gets one in the mood for street photography.

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Everything seems to fit.

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The people and the walls go well together.

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A fantastic indie label.

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A self-portrait.

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He was cutting grass.

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Cool dude.

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The colours are simply wonderful.

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They saw me and waved.

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Beautiful people, beautiful wall art.

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The kids were enjoying the art too.

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Lots of cyclists.

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A smile and a frown.

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Hard at work.

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Another cyclist.

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Cool name for a shop.

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Taking a break.

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Nice juxtaposition.

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Another cyclist.

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Mischievous dino – I thought the colours went well together.

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The street art is gorgeous.

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Street art is meant to be seen with and by people.

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They had those in Paris too.

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Just another day for her.

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A reminder that I need to get closer.

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At Brick Lane, the street photographs present themselves one after another.

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I can’t click fast enough.

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This place is a visual cornucopia.

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And I saw this – an exhibition of Singaporean art at Brick Lane.

As it turned out, I bumped into Randy Chan, the curator of the exhibition. I recognized him from a photo in a newspaper report on the exhibition.

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More on Singapore: Inside Out in another post.

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Funny.

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I couldn’t resist a final shot at the entrance of this excellent place.

Thanks for reading!

Camera: Canon 600D

Lens: Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

Street Photography and Human Presence

Must we have people in street photography?

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Or is the mere suggestion of human presence enough?

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I’ve grown to appreciate the poetry of things.

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So as to be on the lookout for stories to tell.

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There’s a poetics of space here.

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There’s a story of workmanship here waiting to be told.

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What sort of obstruction is being prohibited? Are the owners of those chairs obstructing access to the door prohibiting obstructions to the chairs? Isn’t the sign itself obstructing access to those chairs?

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Work, work, work.

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The labour of mobility.

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So that we know the weight of things.

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The signpost of a neighbourhood.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN

 

Fare Well Occupy Central

All images were taken with one camera on a single roll of film on the same day.

Fare well, Occupy Central.

At Causeway Bay.

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Freedom under watch.

 

At Admiralty.

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Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak UltraMax 400

 

Merry Christmas Occupy Central

An early Christmas for Occupy Central at Causeway Bay.

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Fare well.

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People are packing.

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Amidst Christmas sale.

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Installation with steel resolve.

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Imagine what might have been.

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Freedom under the eye of the clock.

 

At Admiralty.

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Unpoetic translation: even if there’s disappointment, one cannot lose hope.

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There’s a time to pack up.

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A time to plant fresh hope.

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A time to remember.

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Time to take stock.

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Sacrifice.

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Hope.

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Restrain.

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Hunger strike zone.

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Merry Christmas Occupy Central.

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The central government offices are overwritten with desire.

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Home is Hong Kong.

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A time to build up.

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A time to let go.

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A time for nostalgia.

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Merry Christmas Occupy Central.

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Fare well.

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Fare well.

 

Photos in previous posts have been featured in the following literary journal articles:”Whither Hong Kong?“, Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement: Four Poems” and “The Umbrellas and the Tear Gas“.

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lens: SMC Takumar 35mm f 3.5

 

Memories of Mong Kok

So, here’re some memories of Mong Kok.

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They were trying to create a better community.

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The streets announced their will.

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The exhibits were playful: this looked like an umbrella carousel.

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There were thoughtful moments like this at Mong Kok.

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There were hard hats with a tough message.

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There was a clear intention.

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There was energy.

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There were tents.

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There were floating umbrellas.

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Pretty umbrellas.

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The streets belonged to its people.

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The signs and umbrellas were there.

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There were ominous moments.

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The graduates were there.

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They were preparing for an eventuality.

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Yellow and blue went well together.

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There were selfie moments.

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He told me to take a picture and share it.

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Goodbye tents, goodbye Occupy Mong Kok.

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lens: Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Oreston 50mm f 1.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Occupy Central: A Monochrome Meditation

All images were taken with one camera, one lens, on the same roll of film and on the same day.

 

This is a visual meditation on Occupy Central.

Once upon a time, Occupy Central was an idea. It was an event that was yet to come.

It then became an event.

It will be an event that is always already present, even if it ends today or at some point in the future.

 

At Admiralty.

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At Mong Kok.

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At Causeway Bay.

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Thanks for reading.

 

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f 1.4 SC

Film: Ilford XP2 400

 

 

 

Winding Down?

There’s definitely a sense that things are winding down at two of the three Occupy sites.

There’re fewer tents now at Mong Kok.

I’m focusing more on the objects this time – how do you photograph tents and people that are not there?

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At Admiralty, the tents are still holding forth, and the art works are still looking robust.

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Causeway Bay is a bit quiet these days, though there’re still people who would pause to read the messages.

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Thanks for reading.

 

Camera: Canon 600D

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