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"what's the news pal?"

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 18 October 2008 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

In the midst of the financial crisis...

Inside an Italian restaurant, Elgin Street, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM FinePix F100fd 1/38 second F/3.3 ISO 400 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...

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

"why so serious" pops into my head. this photo fits the dark mood of financial crisis and he's looking so serious! interesting bg with westerners hapzardly framed on wall, yet the Mango is so typically hongkong =)

18 Oct 2008 6:35am

@Emily Ng: Yes, yes, he's a "serious" guy but a good man!;-) Nothing great but just a snapshot to remember that we've been together during the crisis... Thanks Emily. Take care.

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Very good photo.

18 Oct 2008 11:48am

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

My, Hugo - in contrast to the powerful night shots and architecture that usually defines your posts - this is a quiet and intimate human study. Really good, Hugo. You are not just a good photographer, my friend - you've got dynamic range and style!

18 Oct 2008 6:32pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

given the number of dead soldiers, the news must be grave. best...jerry

18 Oct 2008 10:26pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Superb..... brilliant B/W shot Hugo, and a beautiful ambience from that single lamp.

18 Oct 2008 10:38pm

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Really ambient photo with great quietness in it. The lighting is particuarly fine.

19 Oct 2008 10:50am

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

beautiful and a wonderful reportage -- so how is it in HK? are the markets just devastated? i think the whole world is about to change -- but hopefully for the better... we just have to go through the fire and brimstone to get there. magical shot -- excellent sentiment.

19 Oct 2008 6:26pm

FUJIFILM FinePix F100fd
1/38 second
F/3.3
ISO 400
7 mm