Stills V3

May 4, 2009

Hong Kong 17

Filed under: Colin — Rex @ 01:20



  1. The first thing that came to mind was “Radioactive waste in here”

    Comment by Rex — May 4, 2009 @ 07:35

  2. Vertical apartment blocks, vertical rubbish bin, vertical fence posts, vertical stripe etc etc etc. In concert with the horizontal line of the fence, all that verticallity conspires to make the mountains look horizontal.

    That logo is straight out of science fiction.

    Comment by matt — May 5, 2009 @ 11:19

  3. Quite a lot of verticals but some diagonals as well. Interesting though the brazier is, I am not sure that it merits burning out the background to the extent here: in b/w it might just work; in colour it looks like a very faded ’50s postcard.

    The sign strikes me as being a very Asian type of corporate logo: in the UK nasty, brutish companies spend millions getting someone to design something soft like a bird taking wing. But when I first opened this, I saw the logo as a cabalistic instruction for how to stir the contents of the old oil can with the metal pole next to it: which end to start?

    Comment by John Ellis — May 6, 2009 @ 06:43

  4. John – I shot other frames with a less burned out background but decided to use this version. I felt that seeing the background in detail took away from the photo. The background was intended as context rather than content.

    The 1950’s must have been dull if people made postcards from pictures of braziers.

    Comment by Colin — May 7, 2009 @ 22:22

  5. My feeling is that the high rises could have been closer to normal without losing the impact of the brazier. Even if the buildings are context, they are also content: vide verticals.

    The ’50s were full of wonderful summers from what I remember – not matched by the postcards!

    Comment by John Ellis — May 8, 2009 @ 07:01

  6. The over-exposure of the buildings isn’t working for me – just looks like bad digital. I do like the simple geometry of the foreground, with the nice touch of greenery.

    Comment by doonster — May 8, 2009 @ 21:10

  7. I get ‘disposed second stage rocket booster’, re purposed as garden fence, from the grey, white and red lettering.

    There are books you can buy, featuring the terribly boring, dull, bland postcards that were available in the ’50s. Unintentionally hilarious.

    Comment by Gordon — May 11, 2009 @ 18:55

  8. hopefully the link works. Or search for ‘boring postcards martin parr’

    Comment by Gordon — May 11, 2009 @ 18:57

  9. What an effective line study. One of my many favorite little details is the way the borders of the white sign align with the edges of the buildings above. That’s in addition to all those lovely triangles.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — May 13, 2009 @ 18:27

  10. someone that does not know that you know what you are doing will think you do no know what you are doing. A mouthfull way of saying most will think you can’t use your camera.
    I feel a bit more of an etched look to those buildings and a touch more texture in the hills would help me appreciate this.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — May 14, 2009 @ 01:13

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