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June 5, 2009

Hong Kong #21

Filed under: Colin — Rex @ 19:41



  1. The Triad strikes again? Or, Hop Hing driver dumped on the street after employer finds out that he was asleep on the job? The dogs look very concerned, as indeed they should given the nail varnish on his thumb.

    On first opening this I wondered what you were doing between two lines of traffic but then realised that you had only emerged from the parked cars. The surreal foreground interet is supported by an interesting background full of detail. I note the lorries with half open backs – Health and Safety would shut Hong Kong down!

    Comment by John Ellis — June 6, 2009 @ 06:58

  2. John – H&S would have a number of reasons to shut Hong Kong down, but this isn’t one of them. Those lorries are commiting traffic offences (being stopped in the highway to make deliveries) rather than H&S ones – although that I’m not guaranteeing that they woudn’t move on to their next drop like that :-)

    Comment by Colin — June 6, 2009 @ 08:53

  3. This conveys not only the visual scene, but manages to bring home the noises and smells. It feels just correctly off balance to me. Just as chaotic settings such as this can produce a vague sense of everything threatening to topple over.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — June 8, 2009 @ 18:31

  4. I think the red dot is one of those little lights which light on opening the door.

    This is a feast of reflections and half hidden gems.

    Comment by Rex — June 8, 2009 @ 20:41

  5. ‘..half hidden gems’ is spot on. Yes this is very busy perhaps too much so. But there are some great sub-plots each working well on there own. Mine favourite is following the length of the white line to the person in the distance with their foot on it. Matches so well with the first chinese character on the red sign below the ‘Pronature’ advert. And talking about falling away and balance from previous shot my Matt, this one really does seem left heavy and most certainly falling away. Without the van front right and the reflections thrown up on it, then this would all have collapsed off to the left and would not have kept my interest as much as it has.

    Comment by akikana — June 9, 2009 @ 06:45

  6. This is a bit more of-the-moment than we usually see from you, but it doesn’t feel hurried despite that. The white line receding into the distance nicely ties foreground and background together.

    Comment by matt — June 11, 2009 @ 12:49

  7. John’s first response was similar to mine. Feels like a cinematic still in that respect. or maybe it’s scouting for one of those Channel 4 idents?

    Comment by doonster — June 13, 2009 @ 13:30

  8. Previous responses have covered this well for me, also. It interests me to see that the “blown” white areas of the background sky don’t matter, and, in fact may enhance the feeling, and offset some of the busyness.

    Comment by Christina — June 17, 2009 @ 15:50

  9. Christina – it is always tempting to under-expose shots like this because the camera flashes warnings about over-exposed skies. I always have to force myself to consider whether the sky is an important part of the shot, or, indeed, whether there is any much detail up there to record (high white haze in this case).

    Of course I couldn’t really predict how this was going to turn out, but you are right. The empty area does help to overcome the crowdedness of the rest.

    Comment by Colin — June 20, 2009 @ 12:51

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