Admiralty Again

Again I find myself walking around Admiralty.

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There are messages I’d like to read again and again.

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An expression of people’s will.

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A bicycle – I wasn’t sure if that’s an exhibit or simply a bicycle.

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That’s an exhibit for sure – I saw this same car on campus at CUHK the other day.

“Jan Po Suen” is the Cantonese pronunciation for true universal suffrage.

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George Orwell. Has it really come to this?

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Very creative.

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Translation: unity is strength.

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Pretty brollies…

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Colourful.

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The number of hours that must have been spent making these.

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But the medium is the message, I’d think.

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Meaning all of these are so fragile and vulnerable.

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Not unlike the will of a people.

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There’re obstacles.

That’s the People’s Liberation Army Forces Hong Kong Building – a very visible ominous reminder.

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Would a people’s determination be enough?

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History, we know, will sort out the villains and the heroes.

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They’ve even got a map, in case a visitor is lost.

Thanks for reading!

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lens: Vivitar 24mm F 2.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting, Choosing, Eating

Every day, we do the same thing.

We wait.

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We’re waiting for something to happen.

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Or for someone to come along to give us the answer.

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We wait for that big transcendental Other, that Godot, to come along.

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We have a choice, we think.

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We choose.

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We consult.

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And hope for the best.

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And then we eat.

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And after all that, we’ll be merry.

For collectors: some images from this post are available as open edition prints.

 

Why Street Photography?

Why street photography?

1. Because it is always work in progress.

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2. Because we’re all looking for something.

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3. Because we’re waiting.

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4. Because it deals with the mundane, and reality can be mundane.

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5. Because it’s another way of looking at ourselves.

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6. Because it is artful waiting.

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7. Because we’re born to say “Let there be art”.

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8. Because it’s a way, like any other.

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At Tsim Sha Tsui

Again, at Tsim Sha Tsui.

There’s so much happening here.

I don’t mean shopping and eating, though there’s lots of it too.

Sometimes we’re bored while waiting for the bus…

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But there’s so much to see …

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I suppose it’s about framing and movement…

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There’re so many people at work.

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I figured I could fire off two clicks before they notice me …

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I simply love the lomography effect with Fuji Superia 800 film.

Thanks for reading today.

Waiting

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Waiting

Waiting, for our train to stop or to start
a line, we want our clockwork poetry.

We want spreadsheets to write a smile
on a Chinese businessman’s face.

Surely there is a law against waiting too long:
we bow to the lesser gods.

On the station concourse, we exchange life
too quickly for a message on our phones.

Like me, you are a man limping
without a watch and a tie.

We need assurances of fortune cookies
out of the smelting factory of our days.

Sometimes I am tired like a tourist
eating popcorn in an amusement park.

We are snails out of a shell of countries –
can there be a Spirit like water from a stone?

My wallet is a short talisman against the hour –
is there a book waiting to be read?

Poem and photograph previously featured in Friends Newsletter. Hong Kong: Friends of the Art Museum, CUHK. Jan 2013 Issue.