"beauty pageant"

Posted by hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 8 March 2012 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

These are the wonderful work of some unsung artists (even before I was born). All I had to do was to admire the beauty and press the shutter...

"the store owner"
"Chairman Mao Watches... Empress Dowager Cixi"

Cat Street (Upper Lascar Row), Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
"... in the past it was a common joke that, if you had something stolen, you were almost certain to find it for sale back in Cat Street. In Cantonese slang thieves are called rats, and the dealers who purchase goods from the rats are cats. Thus this street is also known as "Cat Street" in Cantonese... " Wikipedia

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...

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

There is an extra irony in this beautiful art lingering in a Cat Street setting . . the contrast works in both directions, somehow. The links to your other work are superb, too.

8 Mar 2012 6:10am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Some lovely pieces of art in this interesting photo. It almost looks like the woman on the painting down left is the store owner sitting there!

8 Mar 2012 7:50am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

I love much "The Store Owner" portrait whose intimacy of the catch invites you entering the small shop and detailing everything inside.

8 Mar 2012 8:04am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

An image for the International Women's Day?
I really like the trompe l'oeil, bottom left. It seems that the woman is leaning on the table ...

8 Mar 2012 9:40am

@Christian Richer: Thanks!:-)

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Well seen !

8 Mar 2012 10:21am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Beautiful shot, Hugo - love the way the subjects in these paintings (especially the woman with the mirror) seem so absorbed in their own timeless world.

8 Mar 2012 12:04pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Yet today, you capture similar street scenes with your camera, I think you might have been as good an artist as they are Hugo.

8 Mar 2012 1:00pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Good catch Hugo - and the others too. Now I understand why it's called Cat Street :-)

8 Mar 2012 1:39pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Another of those photos that show us a bit of life, in Hong Kong, we would probably never see or appreciate. I just love this image. The others you reference are amazing, too.

8 Mar 2012 1:42pm

alex centrella from California, United States

great capture .. !

8 Mar 2012 3:42pm

morgan from canyon Country, United States

GREAT!!!You must have had a rush when you spotted this perfect scene .

8 Mar 2012 7:08pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

These posters reminded me of 1920s Old Shanghai. :)

8 Mar 2012 9:13pm

k@ from Paris, France

Wow, colors are so beautiful, i love this utterly - a painting, a real painting of real life, you made paintings look so real, and the contrary too, very good & bravo, Hugo !

9 Mar 2012 6:06am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Fantastic framing here! Lovely shot. The information about how the 'Cat street' got its name is very interesting!

9 Mar 2012 7:16am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

perfect shot
have a lovely day

9 Mar 2012 9:43am

Shahriar choobin from Mashhad, Iran

:)

9 Mar 2012 10:10am

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe cette composition

10 Mar 2012 7:45am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

A superb composition with excellent details and colors

10 Mar 2012 9:58am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Such texture and beautiful tonality...the details are lovely as is the work of these gifted souls...you've done them a service with your photography Hugo! Wonderful!

10 Mar 2012 3:07pm

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

Have you seen a bike there, french brand, grey, it has been stolen in France a few mounth ago :-)

10 Mar 2012 5:56pm

elena from Turin, Italy

great compo Hugo! the woman at the bottom on the left seems real!

11 Mar 2012 1:07am

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

ha ha! Beautifully observed Hugo.

15 Mar 2012 2:51pm

This image has been featured in 1 Remix collection.

Hugo POON by Christian Richer

Fujifilm X-Pro1
1/250 second
F/2.0
ISO 400
53 mm (35mm equiv.)

x-pro1
vanishing
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