climbing the "ladder"... going home (ii)

Posted by hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 17 October 2012 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

"Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to." (John Ed Pearce)

Ladder Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Aother quiet night, another going home.

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...

Ol from Nice Bushes, Germany

well chosen point of focus, you (once again) beautifully captured the mood of the night! :)

17 Oct 2012 5:57am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Wonderful heavy atmosphere to this . . and, yes, what a climb !

17 Oct 2012 6:00am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

You choose the perfect instant in term of light .
This man gets enough presence although his clothes are in colour harmony with the environment.
Well done !

17 Oct 2012 6:21am

Veronique from France, Switzerland

Your sentence is so right and pertinent. The falling shoulders express so well weariness of age.

17 Oct 2012 7:09am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The capture of this nocturnal light is as pleasing as it gets. The light on the man perfect. And if this scene is wonderful, the one in the link is superb!!

17 Oct 2012 7:49am

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Superb Hugo ; framing & colors !

17 Oct 2012 9:34am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Wonderful light and detail.

17 Oct 2012 11:42am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Oh I'm out of breath just looking at this.

17 Oct 2012 12:07pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Such an appropriate name. A good form of exercise, or a nightmare for the knee's? Nice shot!

17 Oct 2012 12:38pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Man needs to work it out so he's going downhill on the way home ; ] best…jf

17 Oct 2012 12:42pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

The very image of the burden of life for most people. And the older one gets the steeper the ladder of life.

17 Oct 2012 3:31pm

Z from Shanghai, China

there is a lot of rhythm and order in this image ...

17 Oct 2012 3:46pm

k@ from Paris, France

The feeling of diving into the image is quite vertiginous & fascinating here, you seem so much higher than the top of the stairs. Impressive angle & always your mastered night light. The bars on each side of the stairs repeat the ladder's feel and the square manholes shining and decreasing with the perspective add to the rhythm in this silent mood. Above all, what stops the eye to here is the age of the man who climbs up as if oh-so used despite or because of all those years since he's taking this step by step vertical path he knows so well he can sees only into his own mind while going ahead. Deep*

17 Oct 2012 3:49pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Great framing! Superb night atmosphere! Well done Hugo!

17 Oct 2012 4:16pm

maurizio jaya costantino from Trieste, Italy

Karine said so beautifully and true (and her english is so much better than mine :-)...for a moment my eyes went to the left top corner...one day in my life. Oh YES. How to call it ? miracle is the only word I find out...and the joy of sharing the miracle with....everybody, this incredible tool that photography is , in our hands and eyes, and - without any rhetorics - with our hearts. Hi Hugo ! Every night like this is a good night, right ? ;-)

17 Oct 2012 4:20pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

He seems to have climbed these steps many times in his life. No big deal, just keep climbing. I love the mood here.

17 Oct 2012 9:20pm

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

I love the color and composition! Superb shot

18 Oct 2012 6:29am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Well chosen words my friend, then there are those who have never left home at all :-)
Once again you make wonderful use of the limited light at night to bring us another evocative scene of ordinary life in an extraordinary city.

18 Oct 2012 6:36am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Ascending - as through the years! Superb image and allegory, Hugo.

18 Oct 2012 9:53am

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Fantastic quote to accompany your image, a perfectly symbolic image depicting the long hard climb of man through his life. Brilliant use of leading lines, and great depth of field as well, Hugo trademarks I would say.

21 Oct 2012 6:56pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Absolutely wonderful! All the elements in the picture from this perspective, the man, and that wonderful light!

27 Oct 2012 2:32pm

FUJIFILM X-E1
1/52 second
F/2.2
ISO 2500
53 mm (35mm equiv.)

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