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Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 13 February 2012 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

Here's the Larger view.

"Apart from "13", there must be other numbers." I thought... And yes, there're. What I've found so far:





Bonham Road, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM X-Pro1 1/52 second F/8.0 ISO 1600 53 mm (35mm equiv.)

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...

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A mysterious shot with the numbers included near the roots of the tree...Let us know when you find out the reason for the numbers. I like their graphic, symbolic quality. Nice mystery.

13 Feb 2012 6:14am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Very strange.
Did you elucidate that mystery?

13 Feb 2012 7:42am

@Gérard Beullac: Do read Steve's comments below.:-)

Z from Shanghai, China

I like the mood created by emphasizing the green .. it's mysterious, and generates lot of imaginations !

13 Feb 2012 8:59am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

This is a great series Hugo. The roots in some of your shots appear like intertwined human body's - almost like HR Giger sculptures!! I wonder what the number's mean? Great stuff my friend!

13 Feb 2012 9:11am

@Ian Smith: Thanks again Ian for mentioning HR Giger works!! Regarding the "numbers", my guess is they're actually some land survey checkpoints. Do read Steve's comments below.:-)

yz from Budapest, Hungary

a mysterious shot composed perfectly

13 Feb 2012 9:51am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Beautiful composition, detail and processing Hugo! Wonderful:)

13 Feb 2012 10:57am

k@ from Paris, France

Mysterious... and deep (forest). Seems full of symbolism.
13 means a lot for some. You have a great collection now.
There is some zen mood too here. Wood, green, a number. A peaceful enigma.
And now a peaceful week for you, HugO-^

13 Feb 2012 12:24pm

@k@: This is another look at these roots... I'm mesmerised!:-) Take care!

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Delightful and enigmatic shot!

13 Feb 2012 1:42pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful composition! Superb light and colors!

13 Feb 2012 8:31pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Somber mood created by the monochrome rendition of the root embracing the rock in the search for soil. Then, this wonderful green creates a magnificent composition. Superb, Hugo.

13 Feb 2012 8:59pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I think these are surveyors marks so that any shifting of the stabilized hillside can be quickly determined and corrected. I think officials in Hong Kong are on top of issues that in other places are only known about when the hillside slides down and buries a few houses like in Seattle, for example.

If the explanation is more mysterious, please let us know. Cool shot, Hugo.

13 Feb 2012 10:17pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you Steve! I'm with you - these are actually found on a retaining wall (of a potentially dangerous slope), and I notice land surveryors working in the area pretty frequently.

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Excellent processing!

13 Feb 2012 11:00pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Oh no, I think you and Steve are too practically minded. Where is your romance...? Surely these are symbolic messages left by wise and ancient tribes, indicating some secret revelation about the meaning of life. ;-)

14 Feb 2012 6:44am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

After many years working with surveyors, I, too, was told about the dull art of verifying stability. Now, reading Dulcie's revelations, I see a whole different meaning to Existence !

14 Feb 2012 7:24am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

perfect shot
Happy Valentines Day :)

14 Feb 2012 10:39am

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

In some circles, 13 can be an unlucky number, which in this image seems appropriate with the ominous tree root looking much like a large claw. This is such an engaging and thought provoking image Hugo :^) Wonderful find!

14 Feb 2012 11:30am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Nice and unusual composition with this enigmatic N° 13. Like how the delicate greenery pops up on the rock.

14 Feb 2012 4:06pm

k@ from Paris, France

Thanks for the beatiful link, Hugo. And why a target ?

14 Feb 2012 7:35pm

Shahriar choobin from Mashhad, Iran


15 Feb 2012 11:53am

Krunal from Mumbai, India

that's a wonderful find

15 Feb 2012 1:42pm

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

A way to climb ?? Great one !!

15 Feb 2012 3:18pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Interesting root structure! Nice find and capture!

16 Feb 2012 10:26pm

Ani from Bordeaux, France

Excellent !!!

18 Feb 2012 10:10am

Olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Love this shot !!! Great work ! Well done !

26 Feb 2012 10:59am

1/52 second
ISO 1600
53 mm (35mm equiv.)