A quick post of a shot taken along Des Voeux Road in Central. If nothing else, you can see the air pollution is high at the moment! This image joins my ongoing collection of Hong Kong Tram photographs.
My challenge last night was to capture an iconic image of the Central District of Hong Kong for a friend. What better than the Hong Kong tram traveling along Des Voeux Road during rush hour. If you follow this blog, you'll know I've started collecting Hong Kong Tram photographs recently. For me, it's a bit of a symbol of the city. I hope you enjoy the juxtaposition of still and movement in the image. Now, will my friend like it? We'll have to see.
If Bert Hardy had been alive, he would have been 100 this year. Though a gifted war photographer, Hardy's spontaneous and sharp images of people in everyday situations were more characteristic of his work. An exhibition of his images is showing at the Photographers' Gallery in London from 4 April to 23 May 2013.
This weekend, I led a group of photographers from the Hong Kong Photography Club as we attempted to create images of Sham Shui Po, a bustling market area in Kowloon, in the style of Bert Hardy. You can see my five favourite images from the afternoon below.
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I spent last Friday night (12:30am to 7:30am) wandering the streets of Hong Kong. It was incredible to see the same streets that by day are packed with stalls, traffic and people, but now with almost no one around. My night was dedicated to photographing the "nightwalkers" - those individuals that were spotted wandering the streets in the dead of night for whatever the reason. Some were likely heading home. Others were heading to work. Either way, their quiet journey was one being travelled alone.
As part of my current project on Hong Kong Markets, I visited Canton Road market yesterday, possibly one of the most busy street markets I have ever seen. Needless to say that we didn't leave empty-handed; fresh sea bass, coriander, ginger, chili, celery and watercress all went towards a wonderful steamed thai-style fish dinner when we got home.
Joss Paper, also known as ghost or spirit money, are sheets of paper that are burned in traditional Chinese deity or ancestor worship ceremonies during special holidays, and also burned in traditional Chinese funerals. It is traditionally made from coarse bamboo paper, although rice paper is commonly used. Traditional joss is cut into individual squares or rectangles. Each square of paper has either a thin piece of square foil glued to its centre or it may be endorsed with a red ink seal from a traditional Chinese seal. The colour of the paper is white, white colour representing mourning, the square...
The iconic double-decker tram celebrates its 100th year on the tracks in 2012. To mark the occasion a group of Hong Kong photographers took to the streets to capture images of this wonderfully historic form of transport.
I saw these three construction workers sitting on the far side of the road. Trying to be subtle, I placed my camera on the ground and pointed it roughly in their direction, and fired off a dozen shots using a remote trigger. Obviously I wasn't as subtle as I thought. To my surprise one of the captures had all three of them looking right at the camera. Here are a couple of other shots I got today through placing the camera on the ground for the shot.
Taken from the top of Braemar Hill, this is a famous lookout point among Hong Kong photographers, especially for Chinese New Year when people arrive up to 10 hours early to get one of the coveted two spaces big enough for a tripod. Before photographing the panorama, I spent two hours recording a timelapse sequence of the harbour activity as the sun set.
What continually amazes me about Hong Kong is the speed with which the cost of living is increasing. A friend told me yesterday that his landlord wanted to put up the rent by 30%! In the end, they settled on 13%, which is still a smack in the face. The mainland Chinese continue to get richer and richer (or at least a percentage of them), yet they have nothing to spend their money on.
A little something in-between the heavy rain showers battering Hong Kong this weekend; a 16-image panorama of the Tsing Ma Bridge with heavy rain clouds overhead. A poster print of this image is also available.
This Saturday evening I found myself in the backstreets of Wan Chai once again. As the sun set, the energy picked up as stall owners tried to get rid of the last of their fish and meat and as darkness set in, the strong lights above each of the stalls became the primary sources of light on the streets. I got a few of the pictures I have always wanted: the old lady sitting in the dark alleyway preparing food; customers being given a fishing net to pick their own fish from the containers (look for the fish jumping so he isn't picked!); and the stall owners lit by the low-hanging lights. This area...
At the end of Qing Dynasty, some food stalls which sold congee, rice, noodles, snacks and etc. were developed along the streets (such as Wellington Street and Tai Ping Street) in Hong Kong, because at that time it was not easy for people to get a license for opening a restaurant. The stalls were movable wagons and there were some small stools and tables near the wagon for customers to rest on. After the Second World War they were issued with a “Dai Pai” (“Big license”) and so nicknamed “Dai Pai Dong” - “big licence stall”. Identifying individual Dai Pai Dongs is nigh on impossible,...
This weekend I took the Hong Kong Photography Club out for a night at Tai Long Wan beach in the North East of Hong Kong. The tranquil national park is a wonderful place for camping and this time we were lucky enough for the skies to be perfectly clear so it was a chance to do some star trails.
For those interested in going, the best way is to go to Hang Hau MTR. Then take green minibus #101 to Sai Kung. From there take bus #94 or a taxi to Wong Shek ferry pier. After that take a ferry to Chek Keng and then walk over the ridge on the Maclehose trail and keep going until you reach the beach...
It was a beautiful day today, so we went for a walk along the Wilson Trail. Starting near Park View, the trail runs along the side of a small reservoir before climbing up Violet Hill and then down the hill to Tai Tam Reservoir.