Stills V3

December 7, 2009

Hong Kong umbrella olympics

Filed under: Colin — Rex @ 10:55



  1. Not sure about olympics, reminds me more of rocket launches. This is not coming together for me. In colour the white boots really grab the frame and force me to find other flashes of white in the scene which, apart from the chair, are fairly limited.

    Comment by akikana — December 10, 2009 @ 03:53

  2. This had a strong impact on first opening a couple of days ago: a sense of the person grappling with the umbrella. The white boots help with that of course and then it becomes a bit like ‘in Falmouth’ as one looks beyond. There are reds and whites aplenty in the initial plane and then one is into an interesting study of the building: its build and its function. Below the floodlights is a white beam (echoed further back) that forms a sort of cross with the umbrella. The heraldic frieze on the wall is intriguing.

    It doesn’t have a conventional “coming together” but does it need it?

    Comment by John Ellis — December 10, 2009 @ 07:51

  3. Having a smoke, texting the mistress or some other illicit activity hidden away under there?

    It is a grabbed comedy moment

    Comment by Rex — December 14, 2009 @ 20:20

    • There’s me thinking that I’d caught the decisive moment and you come along and claim he spends hours under that brolly every day. Sigh. ;-)

      Comment by colinjago — December 15, 2009 @ 10:30

  4. I can’t resist coming up with stories about the desire to get out from under thereā€”or, is it the desire to stay. All those reds, whites and blues certainly hold it together, as well. Great fun.

    Comment by anitajesse — December 16, 2009 @ 23:52

  5. Sorry to be so late! I’ve looked at and admired this several times, but found it difficult to comment for either a lack of time or energy! This image seemed to require both.

    I got the immediate humor of it of course, but it offers more than that. Akikana mentioned the white boots — they do somewhat “grab the frame”, but there is so much going on in the background that I think those bright whites and reds near the front (including chair umbrella, shirt, and containers) need to be strong to not be overwhelmed. I appreciate the open foreground area at the bottom of the frame — as a base for the image, but also as a rest from the “messier” areas. Much to see and one to spend time with.

    Comment by Christina — December 24, 2009 @ 06:13

  6. I’m intrigued as to what the umbrella wrestling has to do with the rest of the fish(?) market.

    Comment by doonster — January 10, 2010 @ 01:29

    • Fish market and restaurant combination all along the front of Sai Kung.

      I think that the umbrella is just a sort of impromptu shade extension to the fish tanks on that end of the row for when the sun gets around that far.

      Comment by colinjago — January 10, 2010 @ 17:21

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