For almost the first 30 years of my life, I didn’t travel very far at all. What is even worse, was that my best friend from university lived in Hong Kong and every time we spoke, I would imply that it would be nice to visit – but I never did!
Which is all a shame, since now it is one of my favourite places to visit when I have any spare time.
Before I went there, my mental picture of Hong Kong was of skyscrapers and densely packed humanity. While this can be true, there are also dense forests and steep, rocky hills which overlook the development below.
Looking through my posts so far, I seem to be drawn to leaves, so many posts- and here is another.
This time, I was using my Rolleiflex, peering down into a waistlevel finder. I like the shapes of the shadows.
For most people, if you get the funicular railway up Victoria Peak, the main attraction is the shopping centre at the top. But if you go out and keep walking up hill past the millionaires’ apartment buildings, being passed by vehicles with screaming transmissions, you finally get to the park at the top – which is where I took this picture. Sometimes, it is nice just to sit there with a cup of tea and look at Hong Kong below you.
I believe the film was Shanghai GP3, which isn’t very well known in the UK. I have had mixed result with the film, sometimes showing pretty poor quality control. On other occasions, it has been fine – like here.
This is from a fence outside a nightclub in Hong Kong. What are the locks for? Perhaps for employee lockers (outside the club)?
There was a time when I quite often visited Hong Kong, and my kind of day – would be just wandering around – seeing what was going on.
For the photography buffs, I was using a Nikon F3 with a 50mm lens and some colour print film. Strangely enough, the fence is really sharp, but as the locks stick out – they aren’t. Note to self – stop down more next time! In the whole “digital v analogue” conversation, closeup is much easier with a stabilised lens.
I never really left the UK until I was well into my thirties. Never felt I had the money, or to be honest, the inclination. But then, I got a job working overseas – and it has never really stopped since then.
This is a composite made from about five photographs of Hong Kong. All hand-held with a DSLR and then stitched together in software. And I quite like it. Part of me wants to crop the bottom of the picture off, but I like the light on the waves. I also like the two ferries in the foreground, with the warm light in their cabin. For some reason, I always enjoy going on the Star Ferry, particularly at night and watching the lights across the harbour.