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"how to spend it..."

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 15 October 2008 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

What a week! Going through it seems like passing a century, when everything I met was on the brink of collapse...Then this question caught my mind. "How to spend it?" Spend what? Money? Not sure if I'll still have much left when the financial crisis (and the economy slump that follows) is over. Time? It has always been a big problem and I'm pretty sure I have to work even harder for less in the days to come... But don't know why, I feel I'll be just as "rich" if not richer, but only on a different level of life - friends are becoming real friends indeed these days, the family is getting close, and I'm still hungry for more picture taking - the fire and passion in my heart remain just as strong... That's how I'm gonna spend my life; I'll spend it wisely.

A newspaper stand and a tram stop, Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM FinePix F100fd 1/58 second F/3.9 ISO 200 11 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...

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

and such a beautiful and worthy way to spend life! collecting memories of the human spirit!! BRAVO Hugo -- BRAVO!! the most important things in life are usually rather cheap -- and or free as they can rarely be bought or sold... as long as you have your health, then you are king! :)

15 Oct 2008 9:35pm

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Powerful. You are a photographer rich with an extraordinary vision and skill. I hope that your current life path gently urges you further in exploring those skills. Keep up the outstanding work.

15 Oct 2008 10:58pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Beautifully said - wisely observed, Hugo. You are indeed wealthy with the substance that can't be stolen nor lost.

A freeway entrance just a few blocks from where I am sitting right now - has a billboard which reads, " 'Saving for your future shouldn't cost you a fortune.' - Charles Schwab." The irony in inescapable.

16 Oct 2008 12:20am

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

You have seen the light Hugo..... money isn't everything (I say that because I have none :D ) But seriously, there are more things in life than making bucks.

Interesting image.

16 Oct 2008 12:36am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Well seen and told, Hugo. You have a good sense of humour added to your style of photos.
I like the composition and the opportunity of the image in those days of fear for many people.

16 Oct 2008 5:59am

Emily Ng from Studying in: Adelaide, Australia | Home:, Singapore

i like how included the thought that line sparked out... makes the photo much more significant. like the colours. clever composition, including the background, makes it more interesting...

16 Oct 2008 6:35am

MX from Melbourne, Australia

This is exactly how it works ... taking photos while reflecting on life. Seamlessly matched.

1 Jan 2012 12:15am

FUJIFILM FinePix F100fd
1/58 second
ISO 200
11 mm