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"merry x'mas... lonely people"

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 1 August 2008 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

It was a cold Saturday night last December. I was on my way home after work when this scene "captured" me...

A fast food restaurant, Ngan Mok Street, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM FinePix S5Pro 1/60 second F/4.0 ISO 1600 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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

Oh, yes - what a wonderful human study. Nicely done, Hugo.

1 Aug 2008 5:45am

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Wow. What a street shot, Hugo! You really master this kind of photography. What is the guy to the right doing? :-)

1 Aug 2008 7:16am

Putter from Belgium

Great streetshot! Love the expressions.

1 Aug 2008 11:11am

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Good fun. I like the way one man is staring at the other who appears to be making an interesting expression.

1 Aug 2008 6:28pm

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

hehe -- what a catch! brilliant lighting and cast of characters here! reminds me of an asian version of an edward hopper painting... but more modern of course! love all the small details to be viewed here -- the spray painted windows selling x-mas... the reflection of the McDonald's sign... the way this restaurant's sign bends around the corner -- and of course the 2 gentlemen in the window! simply priceless! what timing, bravo!

1 Aug 2008 6:55pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Well, this scene captures me also, indeed. Great moment, I like the lights and the man in the right side (thinking it is time to sleep).

1 Aug 2008 7:16pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

A sharp observation Hugo, and an interesting shot. The guy on the right looks depressed/drunk/asleep ?

1 Aug 2008 7:38pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

I like the expressions of people! Excellent moment.

1 Aug 2008 7:57pm

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

Very interesting observation, Hugo ... makes you wonder what the one on the left is thinking ...

2 Aug 2008 1:16am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

The thing that struck me immediately was the link between the sleeping guy's contorted face between his cupped hands and the shape of the middle chinese writing symbol in the neon sign that echos the shape of his face so well.....don't tell me this was a lucky accident....I've seen too many of your carefully composed photos to believe that this was luck. What a great eye you have Hugo!!

5 Aug 2008 7:41am

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Fantastic. Like DJ Tiger I'm reminded of a Hopper painting.

7 Aug 2008 10:19pm

FUJIFILM FinePix S5Pro
1/60 second
F/4.0
ISO 1600
27 mm (35mm equiv.)