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an orange "walla-walla" ...

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 11 August 2012 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, during the construction of the Central - Wan Chai Bypass and Island Eastern Corridor Link.

The Larger view

"the walla-walla" (i)

"the walla-walla" (ii)

PS. "Walla-walla" is the nickname for this kind of motorboat (noisy engine), somewhat rarely heard these days. Once a very popular (economical) means of transport plying busily between the two sides of the Harbour. I can still remember that thrill to get onto one when I was a small boy!:-)

Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM X-Pro1 1/680 second F/1.4 ISO 400 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...

Sahar from Tehran, Iran

Very beautiful photo with a good frame

11 Aug 2012 8:25am

Veronique from France, Switzerland

I can't make my mind on which I prefer between BW and color....Hopefully I have no choice to do :-)

11 Aug 2012 8:29am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Good one, didn't get out to much wind and rain stayed in the house and kept my cameras dry:)

11 Aug 2012 10:06am

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

Nice contrast with the building in the back hidden by the fog

11 Aug 2012 1:56pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

I sit here immersed in the details ; ] best…jf

11 Aug 2012 3:27pm

k@ from Paris, France

What an atmosphere, Hugo... The background, with its softness, catches my eye first, then all the mess yet an organized one, and the colors of the boats. And of course, hidden & so visible with your words, the little boy in the womb of the Walla-walla. A silence can be heard and in its heart, the heart of Lil' Hugo smiling at the photographer. Love your story of Time*

11 Aug 2012 3:55pm

@k@: Makes my day to read your comments my dear... "all the mess yet an organized one" this is exactly what I have been aspiring and striving to achieve! HK is such a terribly busy (messy) place yet it's extremely fascinating at the same time... "the heart of Lil' Hugo smiling at the photographer" You've made me smile k@! You know what, this wasn't the pic I planned to post, but for your yesterday's pic that reminded me to listen to my heart: 'I have to post a pic of these little old and shabby boats even if they do not appeal to the others.' Thank you!:-) Have a beautiful Sunday!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful. i love the fog

11 Aug 2012 5:58pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

I do love these almost hidden treasures of HK. When you look at old HK movies the harbour seemed to be teeming with these boats, yet today are few and far between. The B&W seems to appeal to me more - adding a timeless essence to the scene.
Have a good one Hugo!

11 Aug 2012 6:25pm

@Ian Smith: Thank you Ian! We must pay a visit to this typhoon shelter next time you're in HK!:-) But what's really worrying me is how this place would be like when all these construction works are completed...

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I'm fascinated by these floating homes. A ride on the wall-walla must be exciting indeed.

11 Aug 2012 6:40pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

excellent mood and colors

11 Aug 2012 6:51pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Nice shot. I like the low tech boats on the foreground, the construction cranes in the midground and the skyscrappers almost lost in fog in the distance.

11 Aug 2012 6:56pm

shooter from United Kingdom

wonderful shot Hugo

11 Aug 2012 7:00pm

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

A superb framing ! Very beautiful .

11 Aug 2012 8:18pm

João Mourão from Lisboa, Portugal

enchanting and spectacular.

11 Aug 2012 9:33pm

Ryan Hammond from Tucson, United States

Really nice scene you captured here, Hugo. Love the modern skyline in the background that contrasts the industrial foreground.

11 Aug 2012 9:40pm

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

very nice mood in this picture, well done...

12 Aug 2012 2:59am

Nitin from Shanghai, China

What a brilliant brilliant picture Hugo! Wow! Such brilliant combination of the foreground and the backdrop of the city. Such perfect framing. Such stillness of the boats but racing away of the mind thinking and hoping for a larger balance in society n in our cities. Love this shot and thanks for your comments on mine. Cheers n hope to see you in HK someday soon :P

12 Aug 2012 3:38am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I love this wonderful mishmash of human innovation and invention. The great struggle to survive, trade, and make progress is all shown here.

12 Aug 2012 9:58am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

What an interesting and cool shot Hugo. I love how the city is covered in a blanket of fog, making it mute. The foreground is like nothing I've ever seen before. For me, there is a kind of morbid curiosity, like floating coffins in the water, but not in the literal sense. So much symbolism here on the state of the economy these days. Brilliant shot!

12 Aug 2012 12:11pm

k@ from Paris, France

Oh i was just coming back to look at it again and read Sharon's comment just above, absolutely my feeling too : floating coffins, like in India over the Gange river. Childhood sleeps inside, not dead - at all ;)

12 Aug 2012 1:57pm

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

beautiful photography Hugo!

13 Aug 2012 7:38am

Z from Shanghai, China

Great shot, Hugo! a wonderful image that has clear orders in the 'chaos' (亂中有序):))

13 Aug 2012 9:20am

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Fantastic atmosphere Hugo. I especially love the contrast of old and new... the jumble of old boats and the hint of modern architecture in the city looming in the distant mist. Your image is a concise statement on our quickly changing world!

14 Aug 2012 10:51am

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

great mood Hugo !

15 Aug 2012 8:01am

Marie from FRESNES, France

jolie scène, avec une superbe atmosphère.

25 Aug 2012 9:27pm

FUJIFILM X-Pro1
1/680 second
F/1.4
ISO 400
53 mm (35mm equiv.)

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