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the last shops...

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 3 September 2008 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

This is a little series of the Central Market - one of the last remaining "Bauhaus market buildings" in Hong Kong (http://www.pbase.com/hpicckcy/image/102464623). Not only was it the first wet market in HK, it was also once the biggest meat markets in Southeast Asia. However, being located at the core of the CBD, this 4-storey building was considered seriously underdeveloped and was eventually closed and vacated a few years ago (with the exception of only a few shops on the 2nd floor arcade). However, to the surprise of the Government, her plan to demolish the building for another private commercial skyscraper has been blocked by fierce objections...

FUJIFILM FinePix S5Pro 1/30 second F/4.0 ISO 1250 24 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...

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Is this the 2nd floor arcade you are writing about? Thanks for showing us your world...

3 Sep 2008 7:48am

@Mirko Herzner: Yes, Mirko, these are the last remaining shops on the 2nd floor (Central Escalator Link Alley Shopping Arcade). It hasn't been closed yet because it is an important passageway linking the Central Elevated walkway sytem... BTW, according to some property consultants, this 4,000 sq m site could easily fetch more than 1 billion US$ in today's market!!

DonLon from Providence, RI, United States

I really like the image. I get a real feel for the place and your wold. The angle keeps it from being mundane without being "artsy" THe exposure is very well handled as are the tones. Excellent stree shot.

3 Sep 2008 4:27pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Super BW Hugo, this shot shows a scene like anywhere in any town. I find it a bit depressing.

3 Sep 2008 10:34pm

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

I like the repetition of columns and men with walking sticks - lovely photo Hugo!

4 Sep 2008 6:59am

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

wonderful lines tones and shapes here, Hugo... i am captivated by all the photos of local faces in the window -- what spirit!

5 Sep 2008 5:06pm

FUJIFILM FinePix S5Pro
1/30 second
F/4.0
ISO 1250
24 mm (35mm equiv.)