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"joyce is not here"

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 30 November 2013 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Another version: "joyce is not here"

Peel Street, Hong Kong

To some, this is one last remaining "old streets"; to others, it's where they just come for foods, traditional or trendy;
To some, it's a fascinating mix of cultures; to others it's the invasion of the old living by some pretentious bourgeois...
To me, it's a street I have to pass by at least once a week but my photographing of it never seems to be finished.:-)

FUJIFILM X-E1 1/40 second F/4.5 ISO 1250 41 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...

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a meaningful moment you have caught here . . the figure is like the Past shuffling away from the Future . . and pretending they never met.

30 Nov 2013 7:10am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

What a pleasure to have our eyes invited one more time to climb this street in the beautiful nocturnal lighting !
The location is obviously the same one, the emotion is different at each time we re-discover that kind of scene.
So: grand merci for that !

30 Nov 2013 7:19am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful photo.
Have a nice day.

30 Nov 2013 8:37am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

at each time a different scene, but always a beautiful night mood ! I like the old sihouette in the spot of light, it must be so hard to climb this street ! have a great week-end Hugo !

30 Nov 2013 9:02am

Ludovic Roudet from Charenton-le-Pont, France

Stunning image, with a beautifully mastered light.

30 Nov 2013 10:18am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This may end up as ranking one of your best of Peel Street Hugo, the simple composition married to the opportunity presented by the figure walking into the only prominent pool of light. Great magical coincidences or timing.
The shot also has a surprising emotional pull too, as if I can see time slipping away as I sit and stare.

30 Nov 2013 10:47am

David from Avranches, France

Fantastic composition, lighting, ambience and detail Hugo. I know you dont post daily, but when you do its well Worth the wait. Excellent shot.

30 Nov 2013 12:40pm

ScO from Lyon, France

Beautiful, nice composition !

30 Nov 2013 2:04pm

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Wonderful composition. Gorgeous colors and atmospere

30 Nov 2013 2:36pm

Veronique from Tarbes, France

You could do hundred of them since each is so exceptional.

30 Nov 2013 2:38pm

Dexter Chee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hugo, I love the lights from the shops to the street. And a very eyes catching subject at the middle of the frame. Nice!

30 Nov 2013 3:49pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent night capture! Very beautiful scene with this character who goes away in the street! Have a lovely weekend Hugo!

30 Nov 2013 3:56pm

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Superb mood Hugo !

30 Nov 2013 4:08pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

You capture the feeling so well each time, my friend. Your exposure (and the added dynamic range the X-E1 offers) are so enchanting that I can't help but be drawn into the scene. Can't wait to return and go for another stroll around one evening.

30 Nov 2013 9:36pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Thanks, Hugo, for not stopping this photographic quest. Each one is a fantastic glimpse into life in your wonderful city. I enjoy them all very much.

30 Nov 2013 9:51pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful night street scene. great lighting! superb gesture!!!

30 Nov 2013 10:45pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Amazing image. I love how you caught her in the light as she was walking. A beautiful haunting scene. It just brings out so much empathy for her just by the way she is walking up the hill.

1 Dec 2013 12:04am

Abena from Illinois, United States

Lonely, quiet, and so so beautiful Hugo. I love how you have the last person walking up the hill, very much like closing time of's lovely.

1 Dec 2013 1:32am

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

This is wonderful Hugo. So evocative and haunting.

1 Dec 2013 5:55am

L'angevine from Angers, France

intéressante perspective illuminée

1 Dec 2013 8:19am

jean pierre from paris, France

magnifique prise de vue nocturne! lumière et couleurs superbe!!amitiés

1 Dec 2013 8:56am

@jean pierre: Thank you Jean! But the link to your site doesn't work.:-(

Martine Libouton from Genappe, Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaaaaaa!! MAGNIFIQUE photo de nuit!! j'adore+++ 5*****

1 Dec 2013 10:11am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

incredible shot

1 Dec 2013 3:56pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Awesome! I love it!

1 Dec 2013 6:19pm

véronique cherpantier from potenza, Italy

magnifique photo ! j'aime vraiment beaucoup

1 Dec 2013 7:49pm

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

another beautiful photo of this part of Hong Kong Hugo!

2 Dec 2013 8:26am

k@ from Paris, France

"Joy is here", the joy of your unique night light, always energized with your own emotions that cross the frame with no doubt. This lil' character, bent as she is, is so emotional. I can feel your eye & heart at work here as you press the shutter with respect. And again, yesterday & today walk on the same path...
I'm fond of the way you document your personal inner land, Hugo - be thanked for what you share and that touches us deeply. Have a good week ahead*

2 Dec 2013 8:46am

jean pierre from paris, France

normalement le lien fonctionne ! merci !! amitiés

2 Dec 2013 6:11pm

Ryan Hammond from Tucson, United States

This is wonderful! Excellent shot, Hugo!

3 Dec 2013 2:43am

Arr Day from montreal, Canada

Happyness is a quiet thing at times, enjoyable in one's solitude. I am like that. So there is no sadness here for me.
I did not pay attention if you mention it, but this is Peel street I suppose.
I love those night shots (and especially yours), they find an echo in me. A predisposition of some sort I could say.

4 Dec 2013 1:28am

Longroute from Cagliari, Italy

I recognise this street which you have photographed before... it's a very intriguing environment and expressive composition. Excellent capture.

5 Dec 2013 6:54pm

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Beautiful street scene, a lovely shoot

6 Dec 2013 11:57am

~~~Ann~~~ from Nelson, New Zealand

Glad you have the peel st tag, a poignant series, Hugo

7 Dec 2013 12:03pm

shooter from United Kingdom

Stunning connection

9 Dec 2013 10:35pm

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

In a moment it will be as if she was never there .... I love this shot.

11 Dec 2013 6:02pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Pure Hong Kong.

1 Jan 2014 6:47pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

This is what I consider a classic Poon: night image with a simple setting, great artificial light and an interesting person as a focal point. I've seen this over and over in your photography and enjoy it every time I see one.

5 Jan 2014 6:25am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A strong choice for your 2013 Fave here - 'classic' as Jeff rightly says.

5 Jan 2014 9:48pm

Ani from Golfe du Morbihan, France

J'aime beaucoup l'ambiance.

12 Jan 2014 2:05pm

Zsákai Péter from Budapest, Hungary

I like the mood of this photo.

1 Sep 2018 6:13am

Susy from Allentown, PA, United States

Love this!!!!!!

5 Feb 2019 12:41am

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1/40 second
ISO 1250
41 mm (35mm equiv.)