Back to the basic – my normal street photography. These are the snaps from last month or so. I don’t remember…I snap photos daily like a ritual..
I’m certainly fond of black and white to this day. I guess it doesn’t matter whether it’s color or black and white. It really depended upon my mood of that day or how i feel like processing. I think it also depend upon what the subjects are doing. Such as in this series, a man eating an ice-cream bar. If it’s in black and white, it wouldn’t be as vivid as it’d be in b&w. When it’s in color, you see him holding a brown lollipop thingy. It’s much easier for the viewers to determine what exactly I was trying to capture at that very moment.
Another case would be, the backgrounds are too crowded and messy (it usually is in Hong Kong). I had to express the image in colors to pop the colors out, for example when I see ladies wearing a gorgeous colorful dress. Viewers’ attention would be drawn to her dress.
I like black & whites on the working class people. They usually have mismatched uniforms, distinct facial expression, facial details. It’s just feels right for me to view that group of people in b&w. They’re the people who build up the foundation of Hong Kong. I respect them. Without them, there’s no Hong Kong at all. They’re part the group of people who have gone thru the tough times with their own stories. I want the moment i capture to look timeless.
Another project (it’s more of my personal exploration). I’m currently spotting things that look out of place in town. Anything I see that are not in order (dead objects), overcrowded, fallen, broken, shattered, … I’d get a shot of it. I like them in black & white. Like many says black & white allow viewers to concentrate the subject more carefully (and not get distracted by any colors in the mess <–yeah that's exactly what I'm doing 'capturing the mess')
So all in all, I do not lean on either colors or black & white. I enjoy working with both format.