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mother & son

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 3 March 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Maybe just another everyday domestic scene, but this is such an intimate, warm and touching moment to me... I felt truly blessed even if I'm not a religious man. And how gratified was I to be right there, with just the right tool to help me save this precious memory!

Shot in b&w, ISO3200, F2.0, 1/18 s

PS. So this little series of the sample X100 comes to an end. Hope my pics have done this wonderful camera justice. BTW, my son recovered pretty speedily!:-)
(More can be found here:

FUJIFILM FinePix X100 1/18 second F/2.0 ISO 3200 23 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

truly touching moment - angel hand over his head. his eyes are searching for hope ..

3 Mar 2011 5:37am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

really lovely image

3 Mar 2011 6:27am

Frida from Sweden

Touching moment. A lovely capture Hugo!

3 Mar 2011 8:16am

k@ from Paris, France

How strongly TRUE, Hugo. Do you know W Eugene Smith's work when he followed a country doctor for Life Magazine (see Here) on all his visits in the US of the 50's i guess, your beautiful & heartful image reminds me of him. Overwhelming natural & close in such a human way, Hugo***

3 Mar 2011 9:42am

@k@: Oh k@, makes my day to read your words but you're also making me blush! Eugene Smith and his works are something I can only aspire to... I have yet to come across some "documentary" photography that can be as beautiful, intense, spiritual and touching! Thank you so much for the link and your words that are so encouraging!:-)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Overwhelmingly powerful image . .

3 Mar 2011 10:10am

Melissa from Deep South Texas, United States

As a Mom....... this image and your words touch me. Very nicely captured.

3 Mar 2011 3:02pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Hi Hugo - such a personal moment you have chosen to share. Glad your son has recovered.
Its been an exciting series of photo's, and I hope when the X100 is finished they will let you keep one.
Good health to you and yours.

3 Mar 2011 3:47pm

@Ian Smith: Thank you Ian! Just hope they'll let me be the first one to buy it.... I'll be greatly honoured!:-)

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

is your son, Hugo ? hope he will fine now ! a very intimate, dramatic an moving moment you have captured ! you just try the X100 or it's yours now ? all my best for you and your family my dear *

3 Mar 2011 6:15pm

@Anna.C: Thank you Anna! Yes, my son and he got well very soon:-)
PS. It's a pre-production copy that I was using to take these snaps... placed an order almost immediately; look forward to receiving my own some time next week.:-)

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Those are moments that remain with us, while and only while we exist.

3 Mar 2011 6:37pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

I wanted to ask the same question as Anna, is your son? The picture is very dramatic, you have captured a very beautiful atmosphere between the mother and the child! All the best for your family and you!

3 Mar 2011 7:13pm

@mo.langel: Thank you Mo! Do see my answer to Anna.:-)

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

This is very touching and beautiful. Love it.

3 Mar 2011 7:19pm

Mountain Thunder from London, United Kingdom


3 Mar 2011 7:30pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

This is such a loving, caring, and personal moment captured! Thank you for sharing this, and I am happy that your son is on the mend. Good health to you all.

4 Mar 2011 12:57am

Iknow from Chengdu, China

Very nice documentary shot,I can really feel the emotion between the tender mom and the son.

4 Mar 2011 2:32am

Krunal from Mumbai, India

Excellent shot

4 Mar 2011 3:43am

Olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Such a beautiful and touching shot !!!! Absolutly fabulous ! Well done dear friend !

4 Mar 2011 10:30am

guillaume from Paris, France

Intensive shot !

4 Mar 2011 10:51am

Paco Rubio from Barcelona, Spain

Hugo, great .. strong and powerful image ... Greetings

4 Mar 2011 11:01am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

What a masterful capture this is of one of the relationship of the selfless love - that is rare to find in other relationships.. the feel of hope in his eyes looking upto his mother and that hand, that touch of care - lovely. I love the light here too. Masterful!

4 Mar 2011 12:00pm

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Hope he is feeling better now !
Motherly love... while dad is taking pictures ;-)

4 Mar 2011 12:27pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

they are both beautiful ! have a great week-end together ! ( so, I saw the new fuji X100 and read about it, I think it's a great jewel, I love his vintage look ! )

4 Mar 2011 4:42pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is an excellent image, Hugo. It's a tender scene with rich tonality. Having been shot at ISO 3200, I'm impressed that it is so smooth. It seems that that X 100 deserves a good look.

4 Mar 2011 9:43pm

larans from Lund, Sweden

Capturing a touching moment in such a an expressive way, that really wonderful and great photography. So much of feeling and compassion.

4 Mar 2011 10:09pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

You have immortalized this scene forever Hugo, the Mother must be grateful to you. The light is perfect in this shot.

5 Mar 2011 2:47am

Becky from los angeles, United States

so fantastically strong and touching image.

5 Mar 2011 3:23am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

You're right. A wonderful touching moment. There is nothing better. I'm glad your son is better. I see I've missed a lot!

5 Mar 2011 5:38am

Elena from Turin, Italy

great picture!

5 Mar 2011 10:37pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

I am so glad that your son is doing better, however he was ill. Such a tender moment and a sad one too to see a child ill.

7 Mar 2011 2:50am

S. Fann from South Korea

the bestest-love = family-loving-touch :) emotion-painting here excel in this piece of work sir-poon most natural, soulful.

8 Mar 2011 6:05am

1/18 second
ISO 3200
23 mm