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"me, myself."

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 24 May 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM FinePix S5Pro 1/30 second F/5.6 ISO 400 17 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...

k@ from Paristanbul*, France

Very (very !!) moving image, the mute dialogue between those 2 characters, one being the echo of the other, yesterday or tomorrow, hard to cross but Life has passed and there is still hopefully happy moments to live for me, myself and I.... Great simple hence efficient work, my dear !

24 May 2009 5:21am

@k@: "hard to cross but Life has passed and there is still hopefully happy moments..." Such beautiful touching words (especially from you) mean much to me!

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

oh that Causeway Bay! I was here ! I like the difference between little woman crossing the street and the modern publicity pictures!

24 May 2009 8:40am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

me, myself....and her ! She looks like a little lost in the lively city and crossbar with precaution. Beautiful urban contrasts Hugo !

24 May 2009 9:26am

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

A fine observation Hugo. For me it really highlights the youth worship that's prevalent in our culture these days (remember the saying "don't trust anyone over 30"?). Love shots like this with a stark juxtaposition. Great work.

New camera?

24 May 2009 9:53am

@Stu: New camera? No... I have it since early 2007. It's my second dSLR but just don't always use it for taking street snaps: alot more difficult to stay "inconspicuous".:-) Thanks again for looking into my pic!!!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Excellent shot Hugo! The WA Sigma (I assume?) distortion adds to the twist of realities on offer. Well done!

24 May 2009 9:59am

@Ian Smith: Thanks so much! Yes, it's the Sigma 10-20 (the same one Ian has been using)... the distortion does enhance a pretty dramatic effect.:-)

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

This tells a fine story through well-chosen details. Your use of advertising in your images is one of your hallmarks, continually exploring the difference between the lives we're advertised and the lives we actually live.

24 May 2009 11:23am

@GJC: Don't know why, I'm always drawn to these billboards... especially in a framework of the real and everyday life! Wish you a great anniversary again!:-)

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A street shooters delight, but oppressive for a country boy like me. Bless her heart! best...jerry

24 May 2009 6:50pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A slice of life frozen in time. I love how she keeps going and not letting life get her down. Beautiful work, Hugo.

24 May 2009 7:26pm

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

Excellent capture.

25 May 2009 1:10am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Another amazing shot Hugo! I love how all eyes are upon her. The contrasts of the elderly and the young. Well seen!

25 May 2009 2:17am

Cricket-Tammy from Alabama, United States

Perfect timing Hugo. This image tells such a story. The little old lady versus youth in the distance.

I so enjoy your street scenes.

25 May 2009 2:41am

JamesC from portland, United States

Huge contrast, love the image of the youth vs the old here, such a dynamic city scene. Nice.

25 May 2009 3:26am

Mindy | f-stopMarin from United States

Powerful contrast between the glamour of the women in the ads and the one crossing the street.

25 May 2009 7:38am

Matt Sutton from Sydney, Australia

i like the contrast in motion between the elderly lady and the bus

26 May 2009 4:10am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great composition, Hugo, I like very much this contrast between the real old woman and the beautiful paper faces :)

26 May 2009 5:53am

Momo from Montpellier, France

provocative image...the younger generation, big and powerful mocking the elderly...and perhaps the wisdom of age guiding this tender grandmother, knowing not to pay much attention to the inexperience of youth?...

26 May 2009 3:20pm

1/30 second
ISO 400
17 mm (35mm equiv.)