an encounter

Posted by hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 8 September 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

When a girl met a bum...

From a mere technical point of view, I might not have kept this pic - not only had I resorted to ISO800 of my compact, the dynamic range requirement had also exceeded the camera's capacity. But I could hardly forget this moment when a vivacious little girl, jumping briskly along the wet pavement, abruptly "froze" at the sight of the beggar...

Johnston Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

PS. I'm just back and I'll visit you as soon as I've got the chance. Thanks so much for leaving your wonderful words while I was away!

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...

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very interesting shot

8 Sep 2010 5:26am

k@ from Paris, France

The fact the lil'girl stops abruptly as you say to jump is so so so strongly felt here : her attitude is of a stopped for a sec heart, and you caught this sec. Amazing and breathe-taking for us too, especially confronted with the very calm & sweet eye the homeless is giving her, his hands joined with a light smile. The wet pavement adds to the fairy-tale sensation, a rainy mirror for your Alice in self-wonders. And as for the technics, i'm always stunned at how you get so gorgeous lights & colors at those high ISO, compact or not i understand it must me less "clean" on big size print but when the emotion is far higher than the ISO that "noise" is just a gem (and then no use to print it large, little images like this are so precious). Thanks a lot, and take good care, precious U*

8 Sep 2010 6:17am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom


8 Sep 2010 7:24am

Bruno from froyennes, Belgium

nice title ... little girl and homeless in the night of the rainy big city ...

8 Sep 2010 7:48am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

One can only imagine what her innocent and inexperienced thoughts might be?
A compelling capture Hugo - and don't worry yourself about the technical aspects when documenting scenes like this.

8 Sep 2010 8:18am

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain

amazing the effect this has had on me.
the remembered past and the unimaginable future just have crossed, and you and your wonderful skill were there to show it to us.

8 Sep 2010 10:36am

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Touching image. Thanks for keeping it and sharing with us!

8 Sep 2010 4:26pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Technically I see no flaws in this photo, I love the colors of the wet pavement. Aesthetically it is a beautiful composition with the tilted perspective adding tension to it. Editorially it tells a story that is both profound and somewhat creepy.

8 Sep 2010 4:49pm

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

This shot is just wonderful... It tell me a history !!! Love it so much !!!!

8 Sep 2010 6:03pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

I can understand why you kept this picture. It would have been too bad otherwise.
We can feel the time freezing for a moment here.
Great shot indeed.

8 Sep 2010 6:32pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Everything is so big and bewildering for her!

8 Sep 2010 7:07pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

This is stunning and a really riveting shot. The moment of confrontation perfectly captured. You can see perfectly her hesitation, her shock, her frozen state. This is so beautiful, Hugo. They are mirrors of each other. Separated by very little between them. They are even and also the same. It is really fantastic.

9 Sep 2010 4:08am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very dramatic scene and memorable experience for the child to learn about those less fortunate. A great shot, Hugo!

9 Sep 2010 4:24am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Brilliant shot Hugo. I love how the old meets the young...crossroads.

9 Sep 2010 1:17pm

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

It's like looking in a mirror that shows future ... hard to see but a great shot

9 Sep 2010 8:20pm

roeb from rotterdam, Netherlands

very nice to see you back mr. Poon. strong return as usual. a basic encounter, they both had time to observe.

9 Sep 2010 9:09pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantasti composition. I like the night mood and the interaction between the trwo figures. Great photo.

10 Sep 2010 10:50am

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Glad you are back safely. Hugo, I've given this image 5 stars for the superb atmosphere, those wet pavements and bright neon reflections are wonderful. And the little observing the man is just priceless. Have a good weekend.

10 Sep 2010 6:30pm

elena from torino, Italy

a very expressive picture! the little girl standing is faboulous. I can imagine the expression of her face watching the man's face! fantastic colors

10 Sep 2010 11:32pm

DLee from Fanling, Hong Kong

Photo taking is a wonderful experience! We are not only shooting for the beautiful things but also capturing feeling or meaning behind the picture! Put aside the technical stuff for a moment, you have captured this with HEART!

11 Sep 2010 4:47am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful caught, just in the right moment. A very telling picture with so much to think about.

11 Sep 2010 6:29am

Marian Laura from New York/Chicago, United States

It is the moment that matters most and that's what's awesome about photography - the ability of document these fleeting moments.

11 Sep 2010 6:45pm

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR
1/20 second
ISO 800
7 mm

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