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a store of yesterday... (final)

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 8 February 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

"Supermarkets just can't compare to you..."

PS. The LARGER version if you like to see more details:

Des Voeux Road West, 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

FUJIFILM FinePix F200EXR 1/13 second F/3.3 ISO 400 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...

sunstone_maria from California, United States

Fantastic picture Hugo and what a great mood!!

8 Feb 2011 6:04am

Dexter Chee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I love this composition, the old man stand in front of the shop seem wants to find more old memories from here.
This kind of old shops hardly find in my country Malaysia.
Is good to keep more of these old shop photos. Just like what Henri Cartier Bresson said; "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."
A very good photos series from you Hugo. A perfect job.

8 Feb 2011 6:29am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Super shot, really fantastic mood

8 Feb 2011 6:31am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Excellent shot. The old man outside is just perfect.

8 Feb 2011 6:38am

k@ from Paris, France

You're so steady to get such sharp night images & yes the details have to be seen & enjoyed on a larger size too : i love this very serene scene, how not 2 men but 3 are looking at each other in silence & respect. The first one in his shop does not notice but is looked by the sweet old man not noticing you who look at him while the whole big bunch of your visitors looks at you whole : but here, you notice us ! Love that fab still movement in & out your frame !

8 Feb 2011 7:37am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

As always, the mood in the pictore is wonderful. Very impressive image.

8 Feb 2011 8:08am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Another fantastic image! The old man looking at the shop and his shadow that starts strong but merges with light gradually brings out the feel of belonging that he feels with this store of yesterday and with the memories attached.

I equally love Karine's comment - spot on. Can't agree with her more that there are not two, but three men looking with a deep fondness. I wonder so many times how she can describe the images and the feeling from looking at them SOO wonderfully well.

8 Feb 2011 8:31am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

One of the finest series around, Hugo, and so full of feeling . . real sorry to see it end.

8 Feb 2011 9:42am

Albert Manso from barcelona, Spain

Nice atmosphere! Great shot!

8 Feb 2011 10:26am

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Perfect end for a great series.

8 Feb 2011 11:04am

larans from Lund, Sweden

What a symbolic picture you have choosen for the final in this lovely and interesting series. The old man really expresses, by his way of standing and posture, that he is wondering if this is not something that will not last for so long no more. Wonderful capture and thanks for hthis series of unforgettable photos!

8 Feb 2011 11:21am

S. Fann from Seoul, South Korea

interesting piece, this image has that two-framed-like could be seen as vertical(left) and square(right) format HA must be those tricky-lighting hahahaha (a touch of optical-illusion somehow). sweet one to complete this theme-series sir poon, sweet :)

8 Feb 2011 3:20pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

I love this scene Hugo ! all interesting things to see into the shop, and the posture of the old man, in this traditional clothes, is so expressive and touching ! a great series as you know to do so well !

8 Feb 2011 3:35pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Superb series ... these shops are a delight ... Enchanting thoughtful man who admires the store. Full details, filled with elements of light and color! Very good! Best regards, Adela

8 Feb 2011 3:46pm

rainboy from Nainital, India

we still have stores like these in every town onIndia... They are awesome... I really don't like supermarkets.
Thanks for sharing nice shot.

8 Feb 2011 3:47pm

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden


8 Feb 2011 4:36pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

this was an amazing series of photos, i enjoyed every piece

8 Feb 2011 5:10pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I'm a bit like the old guy on the left, I could stand and look at this for hours!

8 Feb 2011 7:07pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Another excellent moment in time you have captured Hugo.
What I like is how the old man draw's your gaze towards the dark shadows of insignifcance between the two buildings. It makes me wonder too to where that door leads?

8 Feb 2011 9:36pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Great perspective and light! I like the old man standing outside in the light - as if he is hesitant.

8 Feb 2011 9:50pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

interesting serie of street captures

8 Feb 2011 9:53pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

From baskets to brooms, he seems to have a bit of everything. I like the old gentleman on the walk. A brilliant series, Hugo!

9 Feb 2011 12:13am

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

I most certainly see your attraction to these old shops - and even more so, the people attached to them on both sides of the doors and counters.

9 Feb 2011 12:44am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

The thing about this series that intrigues me most is even though small shops like this are disappearing, there still seems to be so many of them and each one as compelling as the last.

9 Feb 2011 2:52am

Krunal from Mumbai, India


9 Feb 2011 3:59am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great shot! Nice capture of the mood...

9 Feb 2011 4:20am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

So wonderfully poignant...a brilliant image Hugo that sums up your fabulously felt and moving series. The two lone figures, one observing the other are just so right for the theme....He stands there in the silence, alone watching, drinking in the final moments of a scene that has been a part of his life but will now vanish forever... and the subject devotedly goes about what he has done all his life, now about to end forever!! So touching, my friend! Bravo!!!!

9 Feb 2011 5:14am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Amazing work on this beautiful serie, bravo !!!!!!

9 Feb 2011 8:21am

Dixie from Australia

I am sorry to see this series end - it has been wonderful to glimpse a little of your world - can't wait to see what you choose for your next subject.

9 Feb 2011 9:28am

Paco Rubio from Barcelona, Spain

Very good to be done at the speed that is made ... Greetings!

9 Feb 2011 11:15am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Thanks so much everyone for the wonderful encouragement!!! Please be assured that this series comes to an end merely for the time being... or should I say, this is only an end of the beginning!:-) BTW, I'm compiling just another "yesterday" series and look forward to sharing it with you soon. See you and take care!

9 Feb 2011 12:01pm

Justin from Brisbane, Australia

Great low light shooting , a real treat, and the tones work out really well.

9 Feb 2011 2:42pm

Justin from Brisbane, Australia

p.s I hear the 200EXR is a good low light shooter...

9 Feb 2011 2:42pm

@Justin: IMO, the F200 is the most versatile low light compact Fuji has ever built.

guillaume from Paris, France

Great capture of life ! Bravo !

9 Feb 2011 2:59pm

Olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

A great serie !! You're the master of night shot !!!

10 Feb 2011 9:36am

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

A moment of realism.... your pictures always have a life like quality, as if one is standing right there.

10 Feb 2011 4:32pm

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Awesome atmosphere...and what a superb light.
The composition is also very nice and interesting.

11 Feb 2011 10:35am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

It was really a good series and it was a pleasure to discover all these different old stores of HK with you.

11 Feb 2011 2:32pm

Bruno from froyennes, Belgium

at night, life seems so peaceful ...

12 Feb 2011 3:27pm

David from Pierrelatte, France

Nice shoot, i like the atmosphere here.... Good old store, you may find everything inside.

13 Feb 2011 9:14am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

As always, a graceful look into your world.

15 Feb 2011 7:31am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

This was very strong series about the stores of yesterday, highly enjoyable photos alone and together!

5 Mar 2011 4:25pm

1/13 second
ISO 400
7 mm