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"mr beef seafood restaurant" & "pak lee hotel"

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 21 June 2012 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

An old sign and a local (hourly) hotel... Another glimpse of Mongkok.

A couple more:

"an old street corner"

"an urban renewal effort"

One late Afternoon, Shantung Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong

Mongkok, in Chinese, means the "busy and prosperous corner". 'It's characterized by a mixture of old and new multi-story buildings and according to Guinness World Records, Mong Kok has the highest population density in the world (130,000 per km2).' Wikipedia

FUJIFILM X-Pro1 1/105 second F/1.4 ISO 200 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...

k@ from Paris, France

The mood is so pregnant here, decay one with depth of colors and time work. Mr Beef, seafood, that's another contrastful part of the theme you love to share, past & present first, with the fun name smiling over a building inspiring nostalgia or sadness. The beautiful tonal range evokes underwater mysteries, some Atlantis forgotten yet mythical world maybe ? Have a superb end of week, Hugo dear*

21 Jun 2012 6:02am

@k@: Thanks for reading and feeling!:-)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I guess this is not the image they show in the brochure ?!

21 Jun 2012 6:18am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Really nice in this different layers of colors... fascinating shot !

21 Jun 2012 6:50am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

An old street corner, I love it, with this violent and antagonist artwork of the DJ Flower street poster.
I love this building here, with the irruption of this sign in bad wealth foreground. When a city is turning to a museum where most of buildings are maintained and clean, the tracks of the times are almost invisible. Here, the city is showcasing this tracks with some brutality. That's not bad.

21 Jun 2012 7:07am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

The dilapidated state offers an atmosphere of decadence that makes me think of sets of the film "Blade Runner"!

21 Jun 2012 7:30am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

It's places like this that make Mongkok such a photographic haven. The dated facade's hold such character in different guises by day and night. I love your cropped framing Hugo.

21 Jun 2012 8:07am

@Ian Smith: Thanks Ian! Don't know why, these corner buildings are always a special attraction to me!

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

An old building so typical as we still meet in the streets of Hong-Kong! Interesting capture! Have a nice end of week Hugo! :)

21 Jun 2012 12:05pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That old, moldy look is the way I remember Mongkok. Such a great capture of this place. Also, I enjoy the flower market and the goldfish of Tung Choi Street.

21 Jun 2012 2:58pm

@Steve Rice: The goldfish street! Yes, must pay a visit next time! Thanks Steve!:-)

tim /\ʌ° from desert lapping at the feet of mountains, United States

Great mood! Love the color palette you've captured.

21 Jun 2012 6:01pm

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Great textures and colours !

21 Jun 2012 6:08pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Love the feel in this image, nice one

21 Jun 2012 6:08pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

I can only guess at the sounds and smells and atmosphere of this run down part of town. No doubt it has its own culture and rules, nonetheless it is a great place to get those shots with impact. Very nice Hugo.

21 Jun 2012 9:52pm

@Michael Fresh: "No doubt it has its own culture and rules." You're exactly right Mike... but I must say I never feel at home here.:-(

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


21 Jun 2012 11:13pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Excellent sign - great detail and color.

22 Jun 2012 1:57am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Mr Beef...Seafood? Hmmmm ; ] best…jf

22 Jun 2012 5:26am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A wonderful taste of local color. A wonderful mood. The shabby details are mesmerizing...I'm just sitting at my screen imaging the life going on here. Love that you bring these experiences to me. Thank You.

22 Jun 2012 6:07am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The feeling of decay is wonderfully conveyed by both the foreground and the background. A splendid framing, Hugo.

22 Jun 2012 6:45am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good shot
have a lovely day :)

22 Jun 2012 7:06am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Palpable atmosphere of an old place still managing to keep its head above water. I love the mixture of grungy texture and decaying colour.

22 Jun 2012 8:45am

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

I love the mood and grime.

23 Jun 2012 1:40am

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

I hope the inside is not as the outside :-)

23 Jun 2012 11:05am

Universe from Tehran, Iran

A splendid nice shot !
Good composition and framing !! Have a lovely day !!!

23 Jun 2012 12:40pm

larans from Lund, Sweden

No fancy tourism broschure here! Seems to need some rstauration. But in some way beauty past one's prime.

23 Jun 2012 6:27pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

it would need to be restored to be more attractive... :-)
Good capture of this old part of HK.

23 Jun 2012 10:05pm

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Yes, excellent mood and tone Hugo. There is something here that reminds me of a scene from Blade Runner, a very cool atmospheric movie if you ever get a chance to see it.

26 Jun 2012 10:28am

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

There is such a satisfying "placeness" about this photo.

28 Jun 2012 5:56am

Joseph Shedd from United States

The building looks old. It looks like it has been abandoned for years. They should've at least repainted it.

17 Aug 2012 7:44am

1/105 second
ISO 200
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