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my bed, my schoolbag, my books... one day in 1984

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 15 August 2012 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

A double exposure photo I took some 28 years ago. It's accidentally discovered by my daughter recently.

I might not have the chance to post again until end of the month... See you and take care everyone!

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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...

Ricard Pardo from Girona, Spain

A great find. Your daughter is perceptive !

15 Aug 2012 5:38am

k@ from Paris, France

What an emotional image, Hugo... Melancholy and softness at their best...
I don't really know what to say (and that's fine too when the emotion is the first to come). Your work on compo & tones here is so delicate. The set-up so evocative for all of us. Youth jumps back. I can hear your friends or family calling you, it's time to go to school, Hugo, pack your bag, do not forget your fav book (love the transparency you created with the double exposure), and go...
Hope you are fine and that that break is one you decide for a rest ? Anyways, I'll wait for your return in september and take good care of you in the meantime, young boy***

15 Aug 2012 5:39am

Veronique from France, Switzerland

you did a clever work ! have a nice time :-)

15 Aug 2012 7:23am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Marx, Freud, Russell, my word you were well read, you must have known what was in store for the future of Hong Kong! Interestingly not a single book about photography, experimentation and self learning was the route I think.
When I was young it never occurred to me to photograph my books but I made the usual double exposure picture of mother in a chair, as if like a ghost.

15 Aug 2012 7:28am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a remarkable reminder of those formative years . . I don't remember having a schoolbag but my bookshelf was home to Asimov, Koontz, Clarke, Burroughs, Ballard, Bradbury . . . perhaps that's where I went wrong !

15 Aug 2012 10:05am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Never had a school bag, enjoy looking over your reading material the ones I could read that is:)

15 Aug 2012 10:38am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

So your photography bug started a lot sooner than the Fujifilm F10! :-) This is an excellent self-documentary photo!
Seeing this has reminded me of all the old prints/film/slides I've had stored away since my school days - I must dig them out and start digitizing the best of... I remember doing some B&W double exposures in the dark room.
Have a good one!

15 Aug 2012 12:53pm

Basile Pesso from City of Aminus, Paris, France

A good documentary taken from the past, in the spirit of Takagito's work.

15 Aug 2012 1:55pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

A wonderful find that surely has brought lots of good memories. Good riddance.

15 Aug 2012 2:18pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A sigh for the past...and a smile for the bag of tricks developed so young. best…jf

15 Aug 2012 2:39pm

shooter from United Kingdom

Love the nostalgia just dripping from the screen Hugo

15 Aug 2012 3:06pm

Sébastien Combrichon from Lyon, France

Nice composition. Beautiful.

15 Aug 2012 3:29pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very effective

15 Aug 2012 10:33pm

Z from Shanghai, China

what a sweet, sentimental image !

15 Aug 2012 11:17pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Your daughter has opened the time capsule. The result is a glimpse into the life of a younger Hugo. Excellent.

16 Aug 2012 12:34am

Punit from Pune, India

A sense of nostalgia, this photograph brings. Wonderful!
Also, very interesting to know you used to photograph so many years ago as well. Thanks for sharing!

16 Aug 2012 7:31am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

I like the vintage rendering, an emotional & melancholic shot of your past as says K@.

16 Aug 2012 9:26am

Universe from Tehran, Iran

Very good composition and framing. Have a lovely day !!

16 Aug 2012 2:34pm

C. Intempor'elle from Paris • Alma Andaluza •, France

Not ordinary, a fine feeling......

16 Aug 2012 7:54pm

rem_la from Villiers, France

le savoir dans les livres .....................

17 Aug 2012 7:32am

Valérie Simonnet from paris, France

Nothing more intime that a bag or a library content.

17 Aug 2012 8:25am

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17 Aug 2012 8:25am

Ani from Bordeaux, France

I love the faded colors, these small patches of pink, fabric with pink flowers too, briefcase open these books ... and tidy blurred image on the right. It is beautiful as a souvenir Hugo.

18 Aug 2012 6:14am

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

What a great find. A poignant and nostalgic image Hugo.

18 Aug 2012 6:58am

Olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Comme quoi...le talent n'attend pas les années !!!! Superbe !

18 Aug 2012 10:55am

Dhaval from Princeton, United States

Ah.. I feel so nostalgic !! I'm reminded of my own school days and that evokes many emotions of childhood days, books and a school bag. Nice work hugo :)

19 Aug 2012 10:57pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Its wonderful to re - visit the nostalgia of days gone by...Bertrand Russell was also one of my fav writers in the years of my youth! Hence this image brought back a flood of memories Hugo!!

21 Aug 2012 5:57am

Céline from New York, United States

Pretty colors!

21 Aug 2012 8:57pm

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Wow, what a creative and thought provoking image. This one must take you down memory lane Hugo. 28 years ago... for me I was a completely different person, so young and idealistic! I can hardly relate to him these days :^) Fantastic post!

22 Aug 2012 10:51am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Wonderfully in your mood, Hugo. A beautiful image a bit melencholic.
Cheers for the old times!!

24 Aug 2012 6:29am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

This is a great photo.

24 Aug 2012 9:01am

Linda Matlow from United States

I've always loved how you' bring out the 'amazing' in the simplest day to day encounters with any camera you have. I'm a big fan of your work!

26 Aug 2012 6:11am

@Linda Matlow: Makes my day to read your kind words... thanks for the great encouragement!:-)

Hugh from Chester, United Kingdom

This so strange to see your photograph. I used to create self portraits by making a two dimensional montage of a piece of my clothing, music in the form of a vinyl album or two of the music I liked and any jewellery, and anything that was a representation of me at that time when I was about eighteen. I lay it all on the floor and photographed the resulting arrangement. I've done it once or twice since.
Your photograph reminds of the result I got.
It often happens that good photographers are people who came to it through something else or have another discipline which they are involved in which seems to give them another insight.
I like your work, I lost three hours looking through your blog.

26 Aug 2012 8:00pm

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Amazing to see an old photo like this come back to life

27 Aug 2012 7:21am

Jeffrey from Paris, France

Very interesting image. I like the way the leather bag seems open to the ideas represented by the books

31 Aug 2012 11:56am

Saeid from Amol, Iran

Gorgeous tones of colors
real cool catch
Well done

31 Aug 2012 4:16pm

jgel74 from la compote, France

je n' avais pas vu les books à première vue

13 Feb 2013 2:47am

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