Shibuya Station

Shibuya Station

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Braving the Heat in Hong Kong


We're in the middle of a heat wave in Hong Kong but you can't get street photos unless you brave the conditions and head out.  Life doesn't stop around us so why should we?  Today I set out with +Gazzaroonii T.  and another visiting photographer to Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po.
I have been shooting for many years but street photography is fairly new for me and really only something that I picked up when I visited Tokyo about a year ago.  Now in Hong Kong, I feel like my learning curve is growing exponentially and I am seeing constant improvement in my personal work on an almost daily basis.  I feel like no matter how good a photographer you may be, there is always something new to learn and ways that we can grow as photographers.  My time in Hong Kong has been the catalyst for a new period of growth for me and has renewed my passion for the craft.

With street photography, we always find ourselves going and finding what the street has to offer... finding the interesting scene that conveys a story or emotion.  Sometimes, well... the street just finds you.  This guy was quite funny.  He seized the opportunity to practice his english on us.  He really wanted us to check out the food in Hong Kong.  

Leica M240, 35mm Summarit 2.5 @ f3.8, ISO 1600, 1/750th 
I have now been in Hong Kong about 3 months and I finally headed over to Sham Shui Po.  This place has a blocks upon blocks of vendors, some of which have seemingly random stuff for sale.  When looking at some of these stalls, the first thing that comes to mind is "visual density"... At least in my mind. What comes to mind when you look at this?
Leica M240, 35mm Summarit 2.5 @ f11, ISO 1600, 1/45th
Leica M240, 35mm Summarit 2.5 @ f3.8, ISO 1600, 1/15th
Leica M240, 35mm Summarit 2.5 @ f13, ISO 1600, 1/180th
Every time I head out, I seem to find a subject that I can maybe shoot an entire series or project on.  I've considered shooting a project on alley ways, carts, fishermen and now this... street sleepers.  The last few times I've been out, I've seen quite a few people that can just nod off and nap while the world moves about all around them.
Leica M240, 35mm Summarit 2.5 @ f5.6, ISO 1600, 1/45th
When I first saw this guy, I thought he was just kinda lounging around since I did not see him in front of any particular store front.  Upon further inspection though, it was evident that his guy was selling rings.  Like much of the merchandise in this section of Sham Shui Po, they were all second hand. He had as many as 5 rings on each of his fingers and many of them were class rings from the 1990's and early 2000's.  I tried to get a close up shot of his hands but he did not want to be photographed... ugh, it would have been such a great photo.
Leica M240, 35mm Summarit 2.5 @ f4.8, ISO 1600, 1/500th
Leica M240, 35mm Summarit 2.5 @ f8.0, ISO 1600, 1/180th
With only three months into my time here in Hong Kong, I feel like I am only just starting to capture what this place has to offer.  The next couple of years is going to be amazing and when the time comes to look back on my time here, I think it'll be interesting to see my early work from when I first arrived to what I am producing when its time to bid farewell.  Until then, I still have a lot of shooting and exploring to do.   

Thanks for stopping by!

Jasen