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a store of yesterdays... (vi)

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 5 June 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

"Dr Leung for Shoes... Sunday Closed"

"Nothing was more certain that you could find him there, morning or late afternoon, six days a week, except on Sunday..."

So, I found him working on the Chinese New Year's Eve... Just wished the New Year days that followed would finally be his 'festival'.

O'Brien Road, Wanchai, 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

FUJIFILM FinePix F200EXR 1/38 second F/3.3 ISO 100 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...

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great expression, so powerful and moving portrait, Hugo.
Great document!

5 Jun 2010 6:20am

Morris Taub (momo) from Montpellier, France

great portrait Hugo...looks like he posed for you...the worn 'office space' is a bit depressing...sweet color...the image just makes me wonder about his hard/gentle it is for him, what family life is like...

5 Jun 2010 7:14am

@Morris Taub (momo): I was so drawn to the sight and it's evocative, isn't it... BTW, (as you'd guess) this was a stealth, a "thigh-level" stealth.:-) Thanks M!

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

The loneliness, the emptyness, bleak years ahead...all so reflected in a face that has seen the ravages of life! Another wonderful, sensitive portrait Hugo:)

5 Jun 2010 7:16am

roeb from rotterdam, Netherlands

great shot and frame.

ai to heiwa

5 Jun 2010 8:34am

k@ from Paris, France

The angle is fabulous, Hugo, not only this beautiful blue evokes the sea but the direction of the cabin is like a ship about to leave... yet it seems the departure seems expected for very long now considering the mood in the keeper's deep eyes... Love it whole !

5 Jun 2010 9:15am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Superb shot of this vendor and his little store, wonderfully composed and a sultry mood

5 Jun 2010 11:50am

CM Kwan from NT, Hong Kong

I really learnt a lot from you Hugo. You mad everwhere a great place to shoot. I wish you and yours a wonderful Sunday!

5 Jun 2010 12:46pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Really nice portrait Hugo!

5 Jun 2010 2:41pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, that's an amazing find and image. Very moving to me.

5 Jun 2010 5:27pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

such a somber yet beautiful scene

5 Jun 2010 5:57pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Wonderful, Hugo - the vendor's expression looks as though Sunday will never arrive.

5 Jun 2010 6:51pm

DLee from Fanling, Hong Kong

Like the blue and this makes the mood. Excellent capture of this old man and his expression tells a lot!

6 Jun 2010 2:53am

foto-rolero54 from Charleroi, Belgium

Hello, beautiful composition that here, beautiful depth of field, well with you.

6 Jun 2010 10:53am

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Beautiful portrait...Great shot !

6 Jun 2010 11:09am


great framing !!! love the tones....

6 Jun 2010 12:01pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

beautiful timeless scene and great portrait !

6 Jun 2010 4:23pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

great live capture

6 Jun 2010 6:02pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent portrait! Superb scene!

6 Jun 2010 6:52pm

JamesC from portland, United States

It's like this shoe store grows out of the wall and the master shoe-smith himself blends in with it. Sunday close :) happy Sunday!

6 Jun 2010 7:17pm

pixator from Kerman, Iran

Very good!!

6 Jun 2010 7:59pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

A superb street shot. I like the textures of the run-down "building" / surroundings and his expression - it all add to the mood. It has a sad feel somehow. Very well captured

6 Jun 2010 8:19pm

BeLTxA from menorca, Spain

Good day to upload this pic.

6 Jun 2010 9:35pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Makes me wonder what he has upstairs...and what it is that he sells. Good he is closed Sundays. best...jerry

7 Jun 2010 2:05am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

amazing shot! the exposure and composition are superb

7 Jun 2010 3:14am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

I love your use of colour Hugo!

7 Jun 2010 7:12am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Such an interesting face and tiny shop. A great image, Hugo.

7 Jun 2010 5:36pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Really super shot, full of emotion.

7 Jun 2010 9:28pm

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

wonderful portrait and it would be a great triptych with the older ones too...

9 Jun 2010 11:26am

pedro lópez from benicarló, Spain

Oh, very nice colour, beautiful light on the man and attitude, very well captured !

25 Jul 2010 2:23pm

larry from Singapore

Oh wow. You've captured this place very nicely. I would like to visit Dr Leung!

11 Dec 2010 12:23am

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