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solitude... the last seat of the tram (II)

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 13 December 2008 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

The same last seat of the tram, but a different lonely figure...

Johnston Road, Hong Kong

Solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation, lack of contact with people or love, yet I must confess that this is exactly what I indulge myself so frequently. Solitude is specially beautiful when it turns misery and banality into a sentimental poem... (My solitude album:

FUJIFILM FinePix F100fd 1/28 second F/3.3 ISO 200 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...

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Wonderful observation, he dosen't look too happy. Did he object to your photo taking..?

13 Dec 2008 5:30am

@Observing: Thanks Mike! I'm not too sure if he was unhappy... he seemed to be contemplating some thoughts or simply daydreaming and I found his expression so captivating! ("Did he object to my photo taking?" I really don't think he noticed my photographing - he's merely gazing at the space next to me...)

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

This image just stopped me. Your subject looks so sad - I find myself at a loss for words. A good and solid human study, Hugo.

13 Dec 2008 5:38am

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

He looks sad and deep in his thoughts. Bravo, beautiful and touching capture.

13 Dec 2008 8:55am

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Hugo - If you placed yesterdays photo next to todays photo, its almost like seeing 50 years pass before your eyes. First the young boy, sitting alone contemplating his thoughts - and 50 years later he's still there, lonely and sad. If only he'd look above his head and see the sign telling him that either direction is a way out of this solidute...

13 Dec 2008 12:30pm

@IanSmith: You should know how much I've enjoyed your interpretations and associations... appreciate your looking into my pics, since the F10 days!!! Thank you Ian!:-)

k@ from Paris, France

Hi Hugo - love your portrait, the mood is here TOO ;-) They say so much about solitude and harsh life... We have the same theme/title today... Great human work you do here. See you... tomorrow*

13 Dec 2008 3:32pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

the next moment he could be smiling...or not. best...jerry

13 Dec 2008 4:36pm

Alivia from ST-Etienne, France

Seul, le regard vague, il attend recroquevillé dans son coin, il se dégage de cette image un grand effet de solitude, le visage semble retourné vers lui-même. Belle photo d'atmosphère.

13 Dec 2008 5:18pm

Shirin Moosavi from Tehran, Iran

Beautiful shot...
And something about the solitude in this lyrics: Solitude was never.. never seen as loneliness.
Beautiful shot :)

13 Dec 2008 5:32pm

ilovephotoblogs from United States


14 Dec 2008 2:57am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

very expressive ! great portrait and series !

14 Dec 2008 8:54pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Interesting body language here! He seems so uncomfortable that it makes me feel uncomfortable! A great emotive photo!

17 Dec 2008 1:41pm

Claus Petersen from herfølge, Denmark

This guy looks a little camera shy ;-)

21 Dec 2008 7:09pm

FUJIFILM FinePix F100fd
1/28 second
ISO 200
7 mm