I recently travelled to Hong Kong. Yes again. It’s somewhere that I always want to go to every year, the streets, the neons, the vast amount of people. There really aren’t many words that can fully describe the energy of Hong Kong and how that energy transforms from day into night. It’s magical, the sun dips and gives way to a sea of neon signs as they flicker alive. The evening commute begins and a new energy starts pulsing through the very heart of the city. I don’t have a particular project that I am working on with regards to the streets of Hong Kong. I like to walk around to see and learn about the city. I like to get lost and see where I come out. Singapore does not have this attraction for me at the moment, maybe because of familiarity of the setting.
Hong Kong is a highly fast-paced city. Sometimes it is absolutely disorienting. One of the things that you will notice in this blog post is the sense of motion. Because Hong Kong is such a busy city, I feel like I need to convey a sense of motion in some of my images to hint at just how quick the pace of life is in Hong Kong.
With street photography, people often think of the typical black and white, static and candid captures that freeze the action. This may be popular, but it’s also great to break the mould and apply some creative uses of slower shutter speeds. After all, street photography is about anticipating and capturing a moment before it’s gone, which often requires the photographer to react within a split second of a moment unfolding in order to grab the moment. Adding a slower shutter speed shutter can help add drama to street photographs, in fact there are many different times when a longer exposure may be beneficial in bringing out the essence of a street moment.
Hong Kong seems so much more raw than other cities in Asia that I have visited. Yet it has the structure and systems that some of the other places I have visited may be lacking. I think it is this balance that makes it so appealing for me to shoot. Exploring new areas of this amazing city, getting out and shooting more than I ever have. Hong Kong has yet to disappoint.
That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed. As you can see by this post, I will be transitioning to more image rich blog posts and I'll keep you updated. Stay tuned !