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"long hours"

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 7 March 2013 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

A caretaker of an old pre-war building...

Same place, the other night, different people... "happy hour"

Elgin Street, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM X-E1 1/30 second F/3.2 ISO 1250 21 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...

valerie from paris, France

"French art of pleasure"......Wonderfull

7 Mar 2013 6:08am

k@ from Paris, France

At the frontier with Beer-Land, he's so much alone & lost & sinking in his own inner world. Very emotional when you see how close in distance he is from the tourists on the upper stairlike platform of the cafe, and how far he is actually.
The very particular light of your night shots creates such a world. It's due to your talent to catch those unique scenes your eye notice, and to the very low light (not a lot of electricity in those streets compared to our big Parisian or NYC or wherever avenues) that reminds me (and i think of it for the first time today only) Istanbul's suburbian streets when i went back to my hotel and minded where i put my foot till I join the street where, just like here, people sipped their beers or red teas when some local folks stayed on their stools by theur shop or just like that, caught in their stopped or running brains. Thanks for this moving scene again that let emerges so many others for us all i bet. I buy your book as soon as you publish one, do not forget to tell me, master*

7 Mar 2013 7:09am

@k@: Seems so close yet so far... such apart worlds in the proximity!!! Have to admit I seldom think too much when I shoot; I just try to capture and re-create what I feel that very moment! Feel so gratified that the image actually moves you and reminds you of some wonderful memories! Thanks for all these beautiful words! Spelling mistakes? All I read are some precious warm words left by a real good friend!:-) You might be interested to see these: X-Photographers (i) and X-Photographers (ii).:-)

k@ from Paris, France

Oops, sorry for the spelling mistakes here & there in the upper text, i re-read only when posted - tooooo late ;)

7 Mar 2013 7:12am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

The 'French Art of Pleasure' can becoming tiring, it seems !

7 Mar 2013 7:53am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A wonderful slice of night life, a great document in relaxation as these few people seek the cool of the night after a warm day perhaps.

7 Mar 2013 8:11am

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

What a great & beautiful light on this man ! French art :-)

7 Mar 2013 9:07am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

Softness of the night, numbness of the body ... Amazing pose!

7 Mar 2013 9:14am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

And this dim light that illuminates ... Him and only him!

7 Mar 2013 9:15am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Fascinating kaleidoscope of language and beer influences... from Chinese signs, French and Belgian beers to an English street name!

7 Mar 2013 11:49am

@Ted: Yes fascinating indeed! How could I resist!:-)

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Beautiful night scene out tonight scouting the downtown streets:)

7 Mar 2013 11:54am

carol williams from istanbul, Turkey

many very nice contrasts here

7 Mar 2013 1:15pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Excellent as always!

7 Mar 2013 1:45pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

Gorgeous mood as always. There is such a brilliant contrast between the characters here. The man under the light and then the others on the right and that makes the scene powerful. It's striking and very well taken.

7 Mar 2013 2:35pm

Sylvie Fondacci from Paris, France

Nice mood in HKG ! In Kowloon or in the island ?

7 Mar 2013 3:11pm

@Sylvie Fondacci: HK Island!:-)

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

What do you know about the "French Art of Pleasure" ??? ; ] best…jf

7 Mar 2013 3:14pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

He needs some happy in his long hours of tending to the building. The juxtaposition you show here is one of the delights of your city. Totally different shops are found side-by-side.

7 Mar 2013 3:15pm

Longroute from Cagliari, Italy

Great street photography and night shot. The image is flawless, the composition very intriguing and the atmosphere absolutely lovely.
Well done.

7 Mar 2013 3:20pm

Damien from Plérin, France

Great! It's not happy hours for everyone -)

7 Mar 2013 3:25pm

k@ from Paris, France

Thanks for the links & beautiful pair of pages, of course i'm interested, alwayzzzz. Have a very nice ending week, dearest (love to see you in the windshield yet tiny-tiny ;))

7 Mar 2013 5:24pm

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

Wonderful Hugo, I love the contrast between the worker and the people having a night out, the light shines differently on them.

7 Mar 2013 6:23pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Absolutely delightful image! What a wonderful framing and what a superb quality of light captured!

7 Mar 2013 7:02pm

Bruno F from Planète Terre, Europe, France

Great quality of light ! Stunning !

7 Mar 2013 8:15pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

excellent composition. extraordinary lighting

7 Mar 2013 11:46pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic image. The light is gorgeous. A fascinating street scene full of contrasts.

8 Mar 2013 1:21am

Serademain from Chiangrai, Thailand

I like it, the light is very interesting

8 Mar 2013 9:08am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A fascinating slice of night life!

8 Mar 2013 10:25am

Marie from FRESNES, France

jolie scène de rue.

8 Mar 2013 10:36am

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

European place !! great street picture, I love it.

8 Mar 2013 7:39pm

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Les couleurs sont splendides autour du vieux monsieur.

9 Mar 2013 12:03am

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

A usual, a very strong mood here. Witch are the exifs ?

9 Mar 2013 8:25am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

excellent shot

9 Mar 2013 8:29am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Great street capture. Like the scene and the light !

9 Mar 2013 12:14pm

Krunal from Mumbai, India

that's a fine street shot

9 Mar 2013 3:53pm

Mandar from Kudal, India


9 Mar 2013 4:45pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

I always love your night shots. You have a fine sense of light and shadows that enables you to create technically rich images that are interesting to view. Well done again.

10 Mar 2013 7:31am

Patrick M. from Lille, France

excellent composition !

17 Mar 2013 9:11am

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Classic Hugo. Two worlds collide.

21 Mar 2013 9:50am

Hugh from Chester, United Kingdom

Superb, Hugo, really superb.


30 Mar 2013 10:32am

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Hugo POON by Christian Richer

1/30 second
ISO 1250
21 mm (35mm equiv.)