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a village of yesterday - pokfulam village ... (ii)

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 15 February 2011 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

So summoning an unexpected courage, I entered the village. Only after a short while I bumped into a "face"... I was stunned!!
And guess what he's overlooking: http://www.pbase.com/hpicckcy/image/132523046/original

PS. There was a time (before I started taking pictures) when I used to drive by this village every Saturday afternoon on the way taking my kids to their tutor who lived in a housing estate immediately next to it. Couldn't remember how many times this question had come to my mind: 'How on earth can this village of yesterday - occupying such a beautiful site - still exist today without being redeveloped into another modern highrise residential estate?' And it still exists... I have yet to see another village like this! I didn't know too much of its history nor did I have the courage to get inside until one sunny afternoon...

Pokfulam Village, Pokfulam, 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 1/20 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...

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Like a festering sore neglected for too long...revealing the insides...painful, tragic and poignant, my friend, as all of your beautiful work is! Fabulous Hugo:)

15 Feb 2011 6:06am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Interesting face that has seen and has that marks of many kids that have grown over a period of time!
Well spotted!!

15 Feb 2011 6:47am

Dexter Chee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Well, a 4X3 face with a hat. Cool ~

15 Feb 2011 7:12am

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain

someone with a hat is looking at me!

15 Feb 2011 9:02am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Time may have stood still but She was busy, it seems !

15 Feb 2011 10:07am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Interesting find, lot of opportunities in this village i guess... :-)
Like also the yesterday overview.

15 Feb 2011 3:29pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

well seen ! old details, witness of the past !

15 Feb 2011 4:18pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Such a wise old face at that. It seems it would take a long time for that metal to rust through. I like the scene he's gazing upon, too.

15 Feb 2011 5:44pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

love the colour and textures

15 Feb 2011 7:09pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

it's a face :) cool

15 Feb 2011 8:43pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

It does look like a face, and the faded numbers remind me of a cubist painting.

16 Feb 2011 2:31am

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

The math on the aging galvanized becomes a real puzzle. Looking forward to more...

16 Feb 2011 3:51am

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

Great find, she remains strong...life goes on...have a lovely day!

16 Feb 2011 6:55am

k@ from Paris, France

Aww, superb like when we read faces in clouds, this rusty gentleman still wearing his hat has so much wise in his eyes that have seen so so so much in the last decades ! Like a drawing by an old kid too. Very moving, knowing what he looks to too.

16 Feb 2011 9:55am

Paco Rubio from Barcelona, Spain

Very good view this photo ... an architectural face! Greetings!

16 Feb 2011 11:52am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A very interesting discussion with Fig and phrase Cartier-Bresson image acquires an interest. It is easy to understand the fascination exerted on you this people ... An illustrative photography and commentary very interesting! fully in anthropological science pure! Best regards, Adela

16 Feb 2011 1:00pm

Lena75 from Canada

beautiful: it seems that this rusty face is about to cry.

16 Feb 2011 1:41pm

Lena75 from Canada

beautiful: it seems that this rusty face is about to cry.

16 Feb 2011 1:44pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

It seems to be observing life passing through! :)

17 Feb 2011 8:06am

Dave from Hua Hin, Thailand

Wonderful !! Like what 'he' is looking at also.

18 Feb 2011 5:40am

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice textures !

18 Feb 2011 5:50am

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

A weeping face, maybe it knows change is imminent..? The zink sheeting is showing its age, captured well in this shot Hugo. Happy Weekend

19 Feb 2011 1:52am

S. Fann from Seoul, South Korea

clever-insearch piece of work, a good study and observation of the locality :) quite a form the facial-expression and those textural-force. good piece of work sir-poon HA.

19 Feb 2011 8:09am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful seen, it really looks like a face (another, but impressionistic, selportrait of the photographer?) :-)

19 Feb 2011 8:14am

Olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Wonderful !!! It seems to be a face !! Well done my friend !!

19 Feb 2011 11:34am

FUJIFILM FinePix F200EXR
1/20 second
F/3.3
ISO 100
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