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"23 AUGUST 2010"

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 23 August 2010 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.


"At least 7 defenseless Hong Kong tourist hostages have been killed by a sacked policeman in Manila, Philippines..." that's what I heard when I returned home this evening. I didn't trust my ears but the TV kept repeating the same horrible news... Can't tell you how shocked and depressed I still am this very moment.

Please understand if I'm not visiting yours (and posting more pics myself) for the time being...

FUJIFILM FinePix F200EXR 1/45 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...

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Have my sympathy, Hugo.

23 Aug 2010 6:19pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

so beautiful

23 Aug 2010 7:49pm

@B.Held: To be beautiful can be pretty simple yet it's terribly difficult... It's simple, cause all we need to do is to listen and follow our 'heart' truthfully; it's difficult cause so many "noises" - selfishness, egoism, excessive material desires - are making us deaf to our own 'heart'...

larans from Lund, Sweden

It´s a mad, mad sympathy with the victims and I understand your feelings.

23 Aug 2010 8:06pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

I'm so sorry to hear about this. I understand your grief and my thoughts are with you.

23 Aug 2010 8:10pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

oh ! I understand Hugo ! it's a pity in our mad world these time ! in France we have two reporters hostages in Afganistan. Best thoughts my dear

23 Aug 2010 9:05pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Its amad world we live in, hope your ok

23 Aug 2010 10:29pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Thank you everyone.

24 Aug 2010 12:05am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

So sorry to hear of this news and it's effect on your spirit. I believe that there are many more good people on the planet than those that would wish ill will on the rest. Keep your spirits up my friend!

24 Aug 2010 3:17am

Céline from New York City, United States

Beautiful shot !
I hope you'll feel better soon...

24 Aug 2010 4:24am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

I can understand Hugo, it's a sad new... Best wishes from France.

24 Aug 2010 6:06am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I feel very sorry! Take your time, my friend!

24 Aug 2010 6:14am

Bruno from froyennes, Belgium

a very, very sad news ...

24 Aug 2010 6:39am

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

I heard the same news Hugo, how terrible, but you know what - nothing surprises me anymore in this crazy world.

Follow the path of enlightenment.

Stay safe Hugo.

24 Aug 2010 1:31pm

k@ from Paris, France

Yes, Hugo, i heard and understand so much - awful violence, free one (any violence is "free" & revolting), and when you think of innocent people just travelling it's just......... I feel damn sad too to the violence from the street corner (2 people on the street, in my street, yelling at each other) to wars anywhere. And sometimes, you know what ? I'd love to leave our crazy societies & climb up some Himalay-esque pure & peaceful place where people as you say first listen then hear their & others hearts. I share your deep sadness & take your time Hugo, no hurry, it's not nothing... Thinking of you - and of those 7 shortened lives. *******

24 Aug 2010 4:44pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The senseless violence in the world is saddening. Be well, Hugo.

24 Aug 2010 5:53pm

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Just thinking of you Hugo !!!

25 Aug 2010 11:05am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

I saw that on our news! It's horrible! What's happening to mankind! People are going crazy and don't feel anything for another life.

25 Aug 2010 11:04pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

My thoughts,sympathies and feelings are with you and all those who lost their lives Hugo! A tragic incident that is a symbol of our world roday!

26 Aug 2010 4:04am

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Thank you for sharing this news with us, my friend. May your reaching out to your many global friends prove therapeutic - even cathartic. Evil exists in the world and will have its way from time to time. It cannot dim the light that shines from the good that surrounds and supports us. It is a reminder that we live in the physical world - the plane of pain and sorrow. As my teacher and guide, the late Thakar Singh once observed with a great smile - "The only way out - is up!"

Be well, Hugo. Spend time with those you love and show them your gratitude. Do something for someone who could use some help. And do not take the actions of others personally.

27 Aug 2010 5:52pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Its hard to understand. One of my friends at work told me the story.
So tragic, life can really be terrible when something so senseless
occurs. My sympathy to those poor trapped hostages and the people
who they were close to and meant so much to.

28 Aug 2010 2:24am

shoti from somewhere in, China

We, Filipinos, sympathize with you guys. It hurts us just as it did to you. Moreover, it's annoying, confusing, irritating, and insulting to us. I don't know much more about the event than what the news showed and what I think is that it was a combination of poor preparations, bad luck and sheer stupidity. But I hope you won't blame the whole Philippine nation for the fault of the few cops. We never did want whatever happened in that tragic event. Our heart goes with you and we sure hope people will pay for what they did.. or did not do.

30 Aug 2010 10:05am

Marian Laura from New York/Chicago, United States

Very sad and to the point you want to get angry. I just hope that the Philippine government under their new president would learn from this. It just didn't involve a gruesome crime, but a very strong foreign and economic relations. It should teach the police force there that they were a big joke and must redeem itself. Everyone around the world is very sorry... but in the end we all have to forgive and learn. Your photo perfectly exhibited the sadness that is August 23rd.

2 Sep 2010 11:05am

elena from torino, Italy

this is a terrible news.... I'm sorry too

6 Sep 2010 3:48pm

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