There are a lot of ways to get creative with street photography. The more you look around for interesting scenes to photograph, the more you realise the power of reflections. They are everywhere. Reflections are another kind of shadow.
In reflections of the buildings we work and live in, hides a wonderful world, a prodigious one, with different laws of physics. Light reflects with inimitable consequences, perspective lines are deforming, typography and color loose there significance and become beautiful shapes and forms, they play a new role within a composition.
Although summer in Hong Kong is a rainy season, there is always something interesting to shoot with the rains. Rain is one of the best times to photograph in because it can make all types of surfaces reflective. Just train your eye to notice them at first will eventually make it second nature.
倒影与影子虽然都有 “影” 一字，但两者却有截然不同的面貌，影子可说是本体遮蔽光线后的形象，但倒影则是反射后表现出来的形态，在真实世界里，可说是将3D立体实景，转化为2D平面的魔法。此外，受到光线方向、光源质感，以及反射材质影响，相较实体可说是多了不少趣味。虽然香港的夏天正值雨季，但下雨天也会帶來有趣的拍攝題材。当水面平静时，岸上景物实景与水中倒影一实一虚，遥相辉映，极大提高了整个画面的空间纵深感与视觉冲击力，极具美感。摄影是一门光与影的艺术，水中的倒影则将这一点体现得淋漓尽致。
I’m fascinated by reflections, shadows, bouncing lights, see through windows, typography, graffiti and layering. By shooting indirect, via reflections, or through windows, coincidence plays a big part. The image that I hunt down, or I suspect that’s coming up, is there for a split second, determined by position, lighting, the point off view and, of course, the people. Although most of the time they are passers, out of focus, just moving by. The colors of the clothes they wear, the way they behave and how this all blends together, in a specific point in space and time, within a reflection, there, in that split second, all these things come together and determine that decisive moment that I press the release button.
Street Photography is more than an art that documents life and captures the moment, it is also an experience that builds one's character. I focused on photo composition using what I can get in that situation: reflection, geometry, light and shadow. Then I waited patiently for interesting things to happen. It might take minutes to hours until the "decisive moment" happens. In life, you have to prepare for the worst but good things also happen.
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