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Hong Kong : What I Shoot While Waiting

With my previous post on Japanese street photographer Daido Moriyama, this post extends on the theme of street photography.  In October 2010, I visited Hong Kong for a few days with my wife, Laura to attend a conference.  We extended our stay by 3 days and I shot a little during the times of waiting.  Waiting to cross the road, waiting for Laura while she shopped, waiting for the tram/bus/train to come, etc.

This was during the period where I was slowly moving back to shooting good ol’ black and white film after a three year plus hiatus (due to shooting digital exclusively).  When I first started shooting film again, I discovered how lazy my shooting had become.  While shooting digital, I had gone into the ‘I can always easily crop the image later on during post processing’ mindset.  It was a real shock to see how sloppy the framing of my images had become when I got back the first few contact sheets.  Since then, I have tried to discipline myself to get the framing right within the viewfinder whenever possible and I think the discipline has definitely been beneficial.

I am more influenced by Magnum photographer Elliot Erwitt when it comes to street photography.  His photography is full of humor and decisive moments.  Like Erwitt, I personally like using juxtapositions to create contrasts or tension between the subjects/objects that I find within the frame lines of my camera’s viewfinder.  Old vs new, perfect vs imperfect, big vs small, alive vs dead, dressed vs undressed, etc.  This takes a bit of thought in terms of framing and waiting for the right moment before pressing the shutter.  On the other hand, I am also trying to ‘loosen up’ my shooting style much like what I see in the way Moriyama shoots.  This ‘loosening’ has also helped me keep my photography fresh and allows me not to take it too seriously, which I feel is a good thing.

I have created a new gallery on my website (www.derrickchoo.com) called Hong Kong under the TRAVEL section which showcases selected images I shot while ‘waiting’ in Hong Kong.  The following are a few of the images.  Do check out my website to see the rest.

Cameras used: Ricoh GR1v & Contax T