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“低頭族” "the ritual"

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 10 May 2013 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

... and the "sun".

Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM X-E1 1/52 second F/1.6 ISO 200 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...

morgan from canyon Country, United States

If she stood in the middle it would not be as good. Love the balance. Grat shot.

10 May 2013 5:44am

k@ from Paris, France

How the circle on the ground and the plot on the sides and the big lines on the ceiling dialogue is just excellent, she seems not at ease in all this whiteness that has something threatening, like an initiation as a challenge, not sure she'll succeed but she has to cross (the ritual). Orange robot-like dwarves are the guards who'll check if she's able to reach the next step, or not - suspense ! Meanwhile, she's trying to find the end of the Labyrinth on her mobile - ah, modern times... ;)

10 May 2013 5:57am

@k@: Oh dear, just enjoy how this story goes...

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

So simple and yet full of meaning. A terrific shot.

10 May 2013 6:47am

Basile Pesso from Barcelona, Spain

Wonderful...Perfection of the framing and excellence of the graphism.
The foreground is excellent, the slight addition of orange elements in all this white is too, and the placement of the character, perfect !

10 May 2013 7:06am

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Superb Hugo !

10 May 2013 7:21am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

The visual weight of the structure looks set to crush the poor visitor unless she can enter the secret code on her mobile . . just three seconds left . . 2 . . 1 . .

10 May 2013 7:33am

@Ronnie 2¢: Boom!!!

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

Excellent composition with the three decentered elements which highlight the symmetry of the place. (A Google translation :-) )

10 May 2013 7:50am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

So lost in her phone screen she didn't even notice the only other figure down there watching her :-)

10 May 2013 7:56am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent perspective and framing! Beautiful graphism! Have a nice weekend Hugo!

10 May 2013 8:17am

Adrian from Wakefield, United Kingdom

beautiful frame.

10 May 2013 8:39am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

excellent composition and perspective Hugo !

10 May 2013 8:41am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Admiration, splendide cliché. Bonne journée. *****

10 May 2013 9:38am

Olivier P from toulouse, France

Beautiful shot...as always !!! Love this shot ! well done !

10 May 2013 10:20am

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Yes, you have that right Hugo. Our smart devices are our new alters of worship and texting is our new daily ritual! Welcome to the 21st century. Fantastic image!

10 May 2013 11:01am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

qEverybody is reading something deep and meaningful, I agree with Doug she's deep into her smart phone thing:)

10 May 2013 11:41am

omid from mashhad, Iran

woooow!
very nice!
very nice & wonderfull!!!
so so beautiful composition, perspective & lights!

10 May 2013 2:39pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Splendid framing.

10 May 2013 2:44pm

Kate from United Kingdom

A smart image Hugo!

10 May 2013 2:59pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The perspective is splendid, and the person gives a fantastic focal point in such a beautiful light. Fantastic work.

10 May 2013 4:58pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

I like this 'ritual' and also the squareness of the image. You've got a knack for finding these scenes and that is excellent ! I also like seeing how she is engrossed in her gadget.

10 May 2013 5:36pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This is a compositional masterpiece, everything is so well ordered and organised. Superb work Hugo!

10 May 2013 6:23pm

Damien from Plérin, France

Day after day, we become stones in the urban jungle.
Strong.

10 May 2013 9:00pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic frame and graphics. An amazing image!

10 May 2013 10:32pm

L'angevine from Angers, France

j'adore ces pilônes

11 May 2013 7:51am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This concrete corridor makes the perfect quiet surroundings for her to perform her texting ritual. The composition is incredible.

11 May 2013 7:24pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Nice minimalist image.

11 May 2013 11:29pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Joli jeux de formes et ce brin de couleur dans ce monde gris

13 May 2013 6:15am

k@ from Paris, France

You might already know this but in case... Same author here. Hugs, dearest*

14 May 2013 7:12am

@k@: Absolutely fascinating!!! It's amazing how he managed to find all these vantage points... both his lighting and use of wide angle are just brilliant! Thanks for sharing such inspiring work k@!:-)

jean pierre from paris, France

tres belle prise!!! amitié

14 May 2013 5:05pm

shooter from United Kingdom

An absolute delight, perfect in every way

15 May 2013 10:39am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

magnificent shot

15 May 2013 2:42pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

superb graphics

16 May 2013 11:47pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

As always, everything is so perfect dear Hugo! The composition, the light, the placement of the subject....I could just go on:))

17 May 2013 1:33am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Between straight lines ans circles, life gets some choices.
Excellent light !
The compo is perfect.

17 May 2013 5:58am

FUJIFILM X-E1
1/52 second
F/1.6
ISO 200
53 mm (35mm equiv.)

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