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caged beauty...

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 1 November 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

I know you're just a cold and lonely lovely mannequin, but I guess I'm not the only one who couldn't take his eyes off you...

Was the cage there to prevent you from going out or the world from touching you?

A 'Cheongsam' (Mandarin gown) shop, Queen's Road West, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM FinePix S5Pro 1/60 second F/2.0 ISO 640 53 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...

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

That's a powerful shot Hugo. Very eye-catching indeed.

1 Nov 2009 6:52am

k@ from Paris, France

Hugo, I just love this ! Not only the mannequin but the way you framed her cage - how strong and moving at the same time ! The focus on her wet (with light) eyes is gorgeous. A big Bravo*

1 Nov 2009 9:09am

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Amazing compo, very beautiful focus !!! Love your shot !!!!

1 Nov 2009 10:27am

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

How well you got an expression out of a mannequin.

1 Nov 2009 11:32am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

You have such a way of capturing the light and creating these haunting moods. Exquisite!

1 Nov 2009 1:47pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Gorgeous framing . Light and colors are fabulous .

1 Nov 2009 2:10pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Nice shallow focus, and I like the framing. Nice shot!

1 Nov 2009 3:17pm

Ben from Lyon, France

Wonderfull !!

1 Nov 2009 5:15pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Exquisite. I think it's interesting that a shop selling this traditional dress uses a blonde mannequin. But then again, all ladies look good in such garments. :-)

1 Nov 2009 6:58pm

Michael from Shell village, United Kingdom

Brilliant image Hugo, and a cool observation in finding this. Maybe she will come to life.........

1 Nov 2009 7:34pm

Nicolas from Paris, France

Excellent idea ! And great realisation too !

1 Nov 2009 9:16pm

pernilla from Andonno, Italy

Love it!! Excellent framing and beautiful light. Very well done.

1 Nov 2009 11:22pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Here's a departure for you, Hugo. There is something so evocative and compelling in your image. Suggestive. A forbidden cage.

2 Nov 2009 4:31am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Awesome...stunning...great post Hugo!!!

2 Nov 2009 6:03am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great photo, Hugo, It's not only the great technical quality of the image, is specially the expression ot this model, so in the mood of many of your night shots.

2 Nov 2009 7:08am

mo.langel from Switzerland

Excellent! Love it! Great photo Hugo! Light and colors are fabulous! Bravo!

2 Nov 2009 12:02pm

Joe Jubinville from Florida, United States

Lovely and forlorn. Is she caged in the store... or in her mannequineness? Evocative lighting.

2 Nov 2009 2:59pm

Ken from United States

hugo! Grand! Dame! and excellent image!

2 Nov 2009 8:58pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

wow ! excellent ! very eye-catching ! beautiful colors and lighting !

3 Nov 2009 10:50am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

this is an exquisite composition! the fabric, the colors -- and the wonderful detail on the mannequin's face!! faaabulous!

3 Nov 2009 4:59pm

Mirel Goldenberg from Binyamina, Israel

It's a master photo, dear Hugo; I'm deeply moved by the beauty and sadness of this artwork.
I had the pleasure to be a witness to your artistic development; you'll arrive very far in your journey; continue and experiment, my friend.

A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

3 Nov 2009 6:09pm

Dolors from Spain

very beautiful colors

24 Oct 2010 9:10pm

k@ from Paris, France

I remember this - so deep is the feeling of Truth. Hey, just like all of us in virtual Am3 turned into real friendship & respect. Thanks for mentioning it again, captivating image of high level.

7 Apr 2012 5:00pm

1/60 second
ISO 640
53 mm (35mm equiv.)