Posted by hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 18 April 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

This series is about a few shops, buildings that have already "vanished".

A local fruit stall in my neighbourhood. It seemed it could last much longer when I took this picture in October 2009.
(PS. A photo taken earlier this month: http://www.pbase.com/hpicckcy/image/123703668/original)

Centre Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

'Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.' Henri Cartier Bresson

It's such a regrettable thing when some "familiar" places and people are suddenly gone and only by then you realize you don't even have a good picture to bring back the memories...

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...

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

So sad...
Wonderful light ! Wonderful mood! Well done !

18 Apr 2010 7:17am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Superb shot! Echo what Sidney has said. The lighting is beautiful - perfect. Very well done. I love the quote - it' so true.

18 Apr 2010 9:23am

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Perfect night ambiance.

18 Apr 2010 9:47am

elena from torino, Italy

super! a lighting corner of life in the night! :)

18 Apr 2010 9:56am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Wonderful night shot of this place, and a good message with it, we should take the opportunity to try and catch all we can see around us as we never know how long they will be there

18 Apr 2010 11:06am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Absolutely outstanding. One of your very best; the contrast between the darkened areas and the quiet, warm light is just terrific.

18 Apr 2010 11:51am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

The light is superb in this shot..as well the composition..gives a sad feeling a bit,but.. só beautiful!

18 Apr 2010 12:04pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Great street night scene! Beautiful light and superb composition Hugo!!!

18 Apr 2010 3:16pm

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

I love the darkness of this shot, but with light in all the right spots. Amazing work.

18 Apr 2010 3:48pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A superb image of this small market. It reminds me of some small markets I shopped at while living in Japan. It's sad to see it vanish.

18 Apr 2010 5:48pm

☾éline from New York City, United States

Nice night shot !

18 Apr 2010 8:45pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Very good photograph, splendid, cheer

18 Apr 2010 10:15pm

Rob Leslie from United Kingdom

Fantastic Shot I love the DR and detail you have captured

18 Apr 2010 11:02pm

ISO from Bogota, Colombia

Great mood excellent exposition...

19 Apr 2010 4:21am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Love this image, very good mood, open all hours

19 Apr 2010 5:40am

k@ from Paris, France

Just love the "island of light" in this night shot. Everything seems on the verge of collapsing above but the little place stands up, lively. It's another of your beautiful streetphotography night pearls, Hugo !

19 Apr 2010 6:33am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

....such a shame that places like this are vanishing!

19 Apr 2010 11:40am

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Of all of your many wonderful night images of Hong Kong - this is my favorite. The light everywhere resonates with warmth and interest. The Best of National Geographic quality. Five very enthusiastic stars.

19 Apr 2010 2:45pm

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

this is a really amazing capture. a lot of detail here

19 Apr 2010 4:32pm

CM Kwan from NT, Hong Kong

I really appreciate your effort to document the hard working people and tradition in Hong Kong! Excellent work, Hugo!

19 Apr 2010 10:59pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Utterly fantastic !!! Perhaps the photographer notices the changes most. best...jerry

20 Apr 2010 1:36am

Ken from United States

There is a breathtakingly fragile aspect to this image that I admire.

20 Apr 2010 2:31am

Bruno from froyennes, Belgium

nice sentence of Cartier-Bresson for a nice picture

20 Apr 2010 1:06pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

great capture

20 Apr 2010 5:27pm

missparis from PARIS, France

Un magnifique cadrage et une bien jolie lumiere

20 Apr 2010 6:30pm

barbod from rasht, Iran


20 Apr 2010 7:08pm

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Beautiful image, lots of character and charm. Its seeing images such as this one which emphasizes why these 'documentary' type images of yours are so important. Maybe one day they will all be gone. Who knows what will take their place - but thank you for capturing so many of these scenes and showing them to us. There's a book in here.

21 Apr 2010 7:37am

@John Leech: Hey John, thank you for stopping and leaving such warm words... what wonderful encouragement they have been!

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Fantastic light on this. Great concept for a series, unfortunately some of my favorite places have also vanished in recent times. Looking forward to seeing more from this series.

21 Apr 2010 2:16pm

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

I really admire you hugo for your unique style of photography. Love the way you manage the lighting in these low light photos and the feeling you emit in all of them.

23 Apr 2010 12:48pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful night atmosphere

29 Apr 2010 11:36am

steve-stefedesign from Liverpool, United Kingdom

That's community and local life at it best.

15 May 2010 6:03pm

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