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"set me free..."

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 28 June 2012 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

"No Parking Against Prison Wall" says the sign.


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Solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation, lack of contact with people or love, yet what's captivating about it is its mysteriously turning misery and banality into a sentimental poem... Here's "the solitude album".


(Victoria Prison, Chancery Lane, Central, Hong Kong - "Victoria Prison (域多利監獄) was Hong Kong's first prison. A testimony to the evolution of Hong Kong's correctional services, it had been the centre of the local prison system until it ceased operation in December 2005. As part of the Central Police Station Compound, Victoria Prison is a declared monument of Hong Kong." Wikipedia)

FUJIFILM FinePix X100 1/30 second F/2.8 ISO 1600 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...

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Such brilliant use of 'space' in your fabulous composition Hugo! The waiting girl is perfectly placed in the frame, beautifully lit, so poignant...an emotion that is so palpable, dear friend! Awe inspiring work for sure:)

28 Jun 2012 5:26am

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Light and composition -- fantastic.

28 Jun 2012 5:56am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

"Lean no ladders here" . . superb atmosphere and a gift for an X-100.

28 Jun 2012 6:00am

k@ from Paris, France

I like the punctuation here. I mean how each element gives natural rhythm to the whole (and the wall ;) Cinematic again in the best light, aww, love those tones and the quality of it, what we can see, what we guess, what we imagine : the woman in expectations, the bike (figuring her lover ?), the signs in chinese talking silently over her. And that opposition of still & rush. Stillness of the elements and rush feel of the perspective & angle, as the lines runs towards the left, the light, the Next step of the story. And your position in the dark, so discreet & present as well, and us with your eyes, standing here and watching, waiting too, like she does, as she might notice you/us in a sec. Did she ?
Glorious !

28 Jun 2012 6:02am

@k@: It's simply incredible how you've got almost every element and the whole picture so accurate... If you don't mind, I'd love to tell you the Next step of this story (just hope it won't spoil the romance). It's a Friday night and I was waiting for a good friend of mine (who's infamous for his habit of being late). Like you said, I was standing in the dark, watching, and this lady caught my mind... Must be more than half an hour that I'd been waiting and so was this lady, talking on her cell phone (to her lover). My friend finally arrived. He'd never say sorry in the past but that night he behaved like an embarrassed young kid; awkwardly he said he was sorry and then added that he'd got someone to introduce to me - his new girl friend. Oh my...

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

One of the smells of the city.
I love the huge potential of this image for the imagination.
A lot of different stories can be written from this simple but evocative image.
Another time, the light of the night is especially well captured.

28 Jun 2012 6:24am

Olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

What a catch !!!! Love that this shot tell me a story !!! well done my friend !

28 Jun 2012 8:46am

Basile Pesso from Paris, City of Aminus, France

Wonderful composition, a bit like Eric Laforgue.
I think this picture will be remarked...

28 Jun 2012 8:50am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

A beautiful atmosphere of thriller ... What awaits this young woman? Her lover? His assassin? The release of her husband?

28 Jun 2012 9:58am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

She's a rebel to the last. Great atmosphere created by the light and your clever composition.

28 Jun 2012 11:23am

Z from Shanghai, China

No parking but leaning on the wall permitted :) I love how the street lights create the atmosphere!

28 Jun 2012 12:20pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Like a scene from a Wong Kar Wai movie. Timeless and classic. Moody and emotional light. Drama in quietness. I love it Hugo!

28 Jun 2012 12:44pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

fantastic, mysterious and humorous shot

28 Jun 2012 1:10pm

L¨M from bras sur meuse, France

composition grandiose...on attend avec elle!

28 Jun 2012 2:53pm

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Great frame and mood Hugo !

28 Jun 2012 3:04pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
Beautiful lights!

28 Jun 2012 3:09pm

Nitin from Shanghai, China

A powerful image and a superb superb composition Hugo. Love the framing here that is so well synced with the direction of the light. The lines on the wall as well as the floor are in such perfect harmony. The shade, the mood, all just so perfect. Great picture and thanks for your comments! Cheers!

28 Jun 2012 4:34pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An interesting composition. Seems a strange place to wait for someone. A wonderful capture in that low light that you are the master of.

28 Jun 2012 8:58pm

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

J'aime, tout à fait le style de photo que j'aime prendre.

28 Jun 2012 9:35pm

Valérie Simonnet from paris, France

I like it very much I made a similar one along the most famous parisian prison.

29 Jun 2012 6:02am

Basile Pesso from Paris, City of Aminus, France

Yeah, congrats !
A very well deserved spotlight.

29 Jun 2012 5:23pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Congratulations! :)

29 Jun 2012 5:46pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Fabulous perspective that leads the eyes to the subject. The light has a wonderful intimate mood. It is a brilliant image that completely deserves to be highlighted with the spotlight. Congratulations.

29 Jun 2012 6:04pm

k@ from Paris, France

What a great real fiction you share here - be thanked, you one of my very favs here ! Life is the most magic creature i know ;)

29 Jun 2012 6:15pm

Céline from New York, United States

Nice shot! Congrats!

29 Jun 2012 6:30pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

a beautiful nightshot and composition, bravo for the spotlight Hugo !! :-)

29 Jun 2012 6:50pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Beautiful shot! superb angle! I like the tones!

29 Jun 2012 6:56pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Congratulations on the Spotlight !!!

29 Jun 2012 8:26pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Congrats on the Spotlight - and the dialog with k@ is wonderful !!

29 Jun 2012 8:35pm

David from United Kingdom

A great composition with some difficult tones, thanks for sharing it.

29 Jun 2012 10:14pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

You have caught the atmosphere brilliantly Hugo, lovely light also. Have a good weekend my friend.

29 Jun 2012 11:23pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

congratulations. well deserved

30 Jun 2012 3:49am

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful Hugo.

30 Jun 2012 4:27am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Congrats on your Spotlight, Hugo! Strong composition and I like the way you show the figure towards the end of this imposing wall and empty street that so powerfully dominate the frame.

30 Jun 2012 7:11am

Nima from tehran, Iran

Amazing frame ....
congratulations on spotlight...

30 Jun 2012 8:11am

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Bravo pour le spotlight, il est largement mérité.

30 Jun 2012 8:16am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Congratulations on the spotlight!

30 Jun 2012 8:18am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Superb composition . Congratulations on the spotlight !

30 Jun 2012 9:07am

Punit from Pune, India

Classic! The tones and the atmosphere are so very well built in this photograph that you made with a fantastic composition. Masterful!

30 Jun 2012 9:27am

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

A whole story in this picture, a wonderful framing , and colours. Congratulations for the spotlight ! Annierita

30 Jun 2012 10:02am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

A new nice composition. A superb light.

30 Jun 2012 10:09am

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Congrats Hugo !

30 Jun 2012 10:16am

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

What a great picture! This is the kind of no evident one I would say...but when you take the time to look at it, you discover a story...or many stories...the only limit is your imagination! Congratulations for the Spotlight!

30 Jun 2012 1:34pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

Congratulations with the spotlight Hugo.

30 Jun 2012 3:20pm

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

she is almost free, she is under the light... congrats for you spotlight...

30 Jun 2012 3:32pm

Dexter Chee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Well done Hugo, 恭喜,恭喜。 have a wonderful weekend.

30 Jun 2012 3:49pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Great frame and mood Hugo! Congratulations for the spotligh :) Have a nice weekend!

30 Jun 2012 8:28pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

It's an intruiguing image, like a photogram of a film! Great image, Hugo!

1 Jul 2012 6:59am

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

First the eye is looking for light and by chance stop on the girl, cool mood here, a very intense scene

1 Jul 2012 10:38am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight! A well deserved recognition.

1 Jul 2012 3:15pm

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

A classic Hugo image, full of atmosphere and potential narrative. I suspect the biker is waiting for the right moment to spring free an imaginary escapee from this old prison. Wonderful presentaion as always.

1 Jul 2012 5:52pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

This is pure poetry. I love your title and the story this image tells. Your light is sublime as always! Fantastic!

2 Jul 2012 9:32am

shooter from United Kingdom

Brilliant moment well seen

2 Jul 2012 2:53pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

great atmosphere, well done!

3 Jul 2012 2:27am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Really a fantastic capture orth its spotlight. Congratulations.
The story about it, as you told K above, makes it such a wonderful story-telling too!

4 Jul 2012 6:31am

Marie from FRESNES, France

jolie composition.

4 Jul 2012 2:50pm

Dhaval from Princeton, United States

The girl doesn't seem to care about a law (as she parked her self against the wall ;) ). Her presence in dark talking with someone on phone and the solitude of atmosphere creates a deep mystery in the story. I'm amazed you managed to capture this without girl noticing you... Truly wonderful !! :)

5 Jul 2012 2:40am

ahmadreza from tehran, Iran

it's so beaty

5 Jul 2012 6:10am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Always captivating is your work. This is a real prison, your work is a fascinating journey every time. Fantastic here, Hugo!

7 Jul 2012 2:44am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Congrats on the Spotlight, Hugo! I think all your images deserve it!

7 Jul 2012 5:02am

Tu Tu Girl from Hong Kong

A lean figure
Leaning on the tumbly wall
She parked her soul
Calling her destiny
A show
Too dim to glow
Too slim to show

One day
Some day
She will take the ride
And bite the wind
Throws her figure
A new journey begins

10 Jul 2012 9:05am

@Tu Tu Girl: What a beautiful poem Tu Tu! I'm so charmed and touched! Thank you so much!

Tu Tu Girl from Hong Kong

昨日 揮霍了
歲月 耗塤了
未盡的話 未破的牆
誰來欣賞

若要逃 逃不了
若要留 未能了
你在傾聽
我的呼叫

徘徊夜深宵
心卻未罷了
黑幕 鋪天
而我 唯有
謝幕了

10 Jul 2012 3:59pm

This image has been featured in 3 Remix collections.

In the Heart of the City by Curly

Great Sots I by Ian Smith

walls by ddelaramm

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