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"an old lady, oaklands path" (my neighbourhood I)

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 20 July 2008 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

... warm or cold, sunny or rainy, nothing was more certain than that I would see this old lady in the morning, standing at her door step, watching the world go by, greeting her old friends that might be getting fewer and fewer...

'Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.' Henri Cartier Bresson

Maybe it's this quote that has impacted me most and given me the strongest drive since I took up photography a few years ago; maybe it's most regrettable when your most "familiar" place and people suddenly went away and you realized that you don't even have a good picture to bring back the memories... I'm gonna post some pics of my neighbourhood in the coming days.

FUJIFILM FinePix F100fd 1/34 second F/3.3 ISO 100 7 mm

I do not regard myself as a photographer. I'm an ordinary man but extraordinarily obsessed with capturing all the memorable scenes that I encounter in my everyday life. It's like an excited traveller craving to record his memorable journey in a memorable way, but in my case, it's the journey of my life ... If I can record my encounters in such a way that they leave an image on the mind of myself and other viewers, it's a tremendous joy and some accomplishment...
In terms of photography, I'm trying to preserve the moments as my eyes see "something" and my heart feels it too. As such, I seldom feel interested in planned, arranged or manipulated photographs...

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Thank you, Hugo - this is a tender and intimate capture. I love her - her potted garden. I'm sorry to see the security bars - I assume they are necessary? Anyway, thank you for this image - and I look forward to your neighborhood series.

20 Jul 2008 5:41am

@Stephen Phillips: Thanks so much Stephen for the warm words! Her plants are lovely, nothing splendid, but lovely... Regarding the bars, I'm afraid they're more or less the only security device she had got, and her house is on the ground floor directly facing the street...

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Superb insight into the neighbourhood and this lady's world.

20 Jul 2008 6:58am

@Ted: Thank you Ted for the warm encouragement!

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

What an imspriring story, Hugo! So she is out there at her door every day? Did you ask her for this shot? So good!

20 Jul 2008 8:55am

@Mirko Herzner: Thank you Mirko! Yes, every day the same hour.:-) Must confess that I didn't ask her for the shot... I seldom do - alerting the subject may be like stirring up the water before fishing. That said, I'll always remind myself to be as non-intrusive as possible and simply stop photography even if the slightest objection is expressed...

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Lovely and very interesting. It is a gentle image filled with great humanity!

20 Jul 2008 12:27pm

@Michael Skorulski: Thank you Michael for the warm words!

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Great capture. I'm looking forward to seeing more over the coming days.

20 Jul 2008 1:35pm

@Mike: Thanks alot for stopping by and leaving your kind comments! See you later.:-)

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

It's a shame to see the old lady is living in what appears to be a small and dark house, and with a cage on the window too. Maybe she has always lived there..? Very nice shot of a real world situation.

20 Jul 2008 3:39pm

@Observing: Yes, this is the real world scene... but maybe it's my subconscious mind that has turned it into a sad picture. As far as I could see, she's enjoying her life here, the social part in particular.:-)

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, United States

love the story Hugo -- beautiful and sad. a wonderful and touching shot -- did she recognize you?

21 Jul 2008 2:30am

@dj.tigersprout: Thank you DJ! I guess she did recognize me though I have yet to talk to her... maybe I'll try to on a more relaxed day.

FUJIFILM FinePix F100fd
1/34 second
ISO 100
7 mm