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working late...

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 28 August 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

An old fashioned tailor that works seven days and nights a week...
This was where and how my "street photography" began: on one lovely Sunday night, 2005, I and my family were having a little stroll after dinner; the scene of a tailor who's nothing symbolic yet so attentive to his work caught my eyes and struck my soul - "wasn't it supposed to be the time to take a rest but why on earth was he still working?!!!" Almost without thinking, I took out my new bought little photo machine (a Fuji F10) and gave its low light capability a try (here). Now that more than four years have passed, I can't remember how many times I have walked past his little shop in the night on my way home, yet there isn't a single time that I found his shop closed, and I was just struck each time. (I finally found this little shop closed and the tailor gone... August 2011)

Western Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM FinePix F200EXR 1/25 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...

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

That's a very lovely story , Hugo :) Seems we all remember when and why we took a camera and started shoting :))
Love this shot and beautiful, warm toning ! He seems very concentrated on his work .

28 Aug 2009 5:36am

NaveenBachwani from Bombay (Mumbai), India

Candid and meaningful... As good as street photography can get!

28 Aug 2009 5:40am

David from Spain

Impressive story, nice picture :-)

28 Aug 2009 5:58am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

This is a wonderful hommage to this tailor. very few things have changed, some white hairs in his head... and a great photographer of these beautiful streets. Congratulations!

28 Aug 2009 6:36am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

i like how the light builds up the composition, also the framing is excellent

28 Aug 2009 7:13am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

unusual tones for you, but I love it ! this timeless mood works so well ! great scene and nice story !

28 Aug 2009 8:09am

k@ from Paris, France

My fav tones work so well over this scene, love it ! Sharp and soft at the same time ! The light coming from the inside is very attractive and powerful and focuses our attention over his work, so good Hug° !

28 Aug 2009 9:00am

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Lovely tones !!! Nice compo and beautiful story !

28 Aug 2009 1:22pm

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

A heart-warming story befitting this image which together clearly show your admiration for the man.

28 Aug 2009 3:53pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

On the shelf above - the TV, the head form, the fan - as one would predict - so little in the sop has changed at all. He has visibly aged these five years. Thousands of adjusted hemlines and altered cuffs grace Hong Kong - and the river flows on...

Thanks for this post, Hugo. I feel as though I finally got to see the first episode of a favorite show I joined late. Enjoy your weekend.

28 Aug 2009 4:23pm

@Stephen Phillips: Can't tell you how much I am touched by your beautiful words Stephen! Must also thank you for stopping by my "first episode"... see you in the next episode my friend!:-)

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Extraordinary how you can give us the ambiance, the mood, the way of life of your city, Hong Kong.

28 Aug 2009 5:17pm

mo.langel from Switzerland

Great scene and nice story ! Loveky tones! Nice week-end Hugo!!!

28 Aug 2009 5:50pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The engine of capitalism is fueled by such hard working people. I love that high energy of Hong Kong. This is a most beautiful image.

28 Aug 2009 9:04pm

noisycat from noisy, France

J'adore ce type de photo bravo

28 Aug 2009 9:19pm

Mathilde Collot from Dans l, France

Superb tone and beautiful tribute to the worker of the night! Wonderful image!

29 Aug 2009 7:00am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

This is so nice Hugo. The tones really add to the quiet mood of the frame. Beautiful!

29 Aug 2009 1:24pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A very moving and touching account of this man's life and devotion to his craft...maybe he feels the same about you Hugo, walking about the streets so late in the night, always with your camera, recording life around you, giving it more meaning with your superbly crafted images...Great work my friend:)

29 Aug 2009 6:22pm

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Another great capture Hugo, a timeless image with the toning

29 Aug 2009 7:02pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Great lighting in this night scene. Nicely done.

30 Aug 2009 5:28am

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

excellent. great detail.

30 Aug 2009 3:41pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

beautiful beautiful detail -- and i love this processing!!

31 Aug 2009 3:56pm

matt from Sydney, Australia

brilliant awareness and work here Hugo !

7 Sep 2009 12:05am

Paul from Minneapolis, United States

great tones, nice framing..

18 Sep 2009 3:21pm

Andre from New York, United States

Fantastic image - love it! and yes that Fuji F10 was MONUMENTALLY great - turns out I also shot a memorable night shot with that insanely great P&S.
Fuji really gets it and I may well pick up their newest X Pro.

7 Jan 2012 1:18am

k@ from Paris, France

Reading your answer to the beautiful and so true comment on your page today led me here again with emotion. Love to see your path growing UP this talented way, a daily pleasure...

3 Nov 2012 12:01pm

1/25 second
ISO 400
7 mm