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mess, art and solitaire...

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 1 June 2013 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

"vacant shops, a gallery and a lonely night."

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Peel Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM X-E1 1/30 second F/3.2 ISO 2500 18 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...

rem_la from France

c'est joliment composé

1 Jun 2013 6:06am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Mess, where mess ?
I love the incongruity of that flower, contemplating this night city environment absolutely exempt of any evocation of nature.

1 Jun 2013 6:14am

@Gérard Beullac: Thanks for such incredibly beautiful words!:-)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What an incredible mixture of the unbelonging here . . 'artbeat' indeed !

1 Jun 2013 6:30am

@Ronnie 2¢: Couldn't have expressed any better... not saying it's not peaceful yet a strange air of "unbelonging" was striking me!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

I always enjoy the mood of the night that you capture so perfectly, Hugo. Have a nice weekend!

1 Jun 2013 7:44am

@Ian Smith: Thanks Ian! We were here before and you took this shot: "Makumba" but it was bright and colourful then! Best regards to you and yours!

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

I didn't find unbelonging in my dictionary but I can guess it could be disparate ?
The painting strikes me the most.

1 Jun 2013 10:34am

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Nice mood Hugo ; well done !

1 Jun 2013 10:44am

Tony from United Kingdom

Beautiful, urban shot. I love the exposure, just the right amount of light. Loads of urban details and shadows to explore. Excellent photograph.

1 Jun 2013 1:26pm

jean pierre from paris, France

magnifique image sur la solitude nocturne!! amitiés

1 Jun 2013 2:22pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Les seules choses valables se font dans la tristesse
et la solitude. Je crois que l’art est une excroissance
de la solitude. Les artistes sont seuls.
(Léo Ferré)

Splendide composition. Bonne journée.

1 Jun 2013 3:49pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The eyes go from one corner to another always ending in the man. The clarity, combination of colors and forms and superb light are a wonderful magnet.

1 Jun 2013 8:42pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

You do have a knack of capturing these moments... I see contemplation in the man on the stairs and you take the image so delicately, like your there but not there such that people notice you. It's beautiful, solitude is beautiful too and so is the image. I like it a lot!

2 Jun 2013 2:08am

L'angevine from Angers, France

bien vu cette solitude

2 Jun 2013 7:18am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This really does express the quiet hopes of the gallery owner, nice one Hugo!

2 Jun 2013 9:56am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

lovely night shot Hugo!

3 Jun 2013 10:17am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent night atmosphere! Great composition! Have a nice week Hugo!

3 Jun 2013 3:17pm

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

A real sense of solitude.

3 Jun 2013 10:49pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Another fascinating example of the surprises one finds in your beautiful city, Hugo. An art gallery where one (me anyway) wouldn't expect it. Hong Kong is endlessly fascinating.

4 Jun 2013 12:35am

k@ from Paris, France

Another of your genius of imbrication of human in the boxes of the big cities, at his ideal place in the big mess, gives the feel of harmony possible to find even in chaos - grand ! Sorry for the belated comment, I work more and photoblog less but i'm around & think of you hoping you are fine t°°.

4 Jun 2013 6:47am

@k@: Thanks for taking the time to leave your warm words... I'm touched! Hope you'll enjoy this "mess" too: "déjà vu"

shooter from lincoln, United Kingdom

You always find a great shot somewhere my friend I love it.

4 Jun 2013 7:13am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good lights and quality
well done

4 Jun 2013 12:51pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Nice scene, great mood !

4 Jun 2013 5:10pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful night photograph. great mood

4 Jun 2013 10:21pm

Arr Day from Montreal, Canada

Art Beauts. Hummm, Latin. In china? Well why not!
Nice lights, at night, as you catch them better and better every time.

5 Jun 2013 12:52am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Nice, he does look almost dejected as though he gave it his best shot and got nothing in return

5 Jun 2013 9:49am

Basile Pesso from Barcelona, Spain

The framing and your usual mood when taking these kind of Hong Kong streets are very good.
About meaning, very interesting too. Indeed, "art" beats us. Beats excellent artists and leaves them without money. The market does this. The man symbolises this defeat.

8 Jun 2013 11:49am

Marie from FRESNES, France

joli décor coloré.

11 Jun 2013 8:09pm

1/30 second
ISO 2500
18 mm (35mm equiv.)