The Repeating Nothingness

Mobile Phone, Photography

It’s a let down when I titled my post with this phrase. Having difficulty in concentrating to my photography after work for one. I absolutely failed to even convince myself to go out on the weekend just to enjoy the sun. It’s so essential for man to stand on the earth, feel the breeze and let the sun shine upon us. At some point, I felt man is solar powered. Well, past is past. I can’t make up what’s already behind me. What I’ve missed is not relevant since I’ve not experience any of it.


My unusual shift on the weekend offered me a chance to travel to Tseung Kwan O once again. It’s one of those places I’d not ever visit unless work or meeting friends. I’ve previously typed a breakdown. The lack of signature landmark, lack of historic remains, lack of reasons to bring anyone but the only residents to there. At least not me…

I brought up my childhood memory to my older colleagues. It all started the convenient store/pharmacy called Watson’s right opposite I worked last weekend. It used to me one of my (my generation) few go-to sellers for toys and board games. It’s a place where I could find Lego, cartoon figures, MB board games and more, besides the Toys’ R Us which is not available near me or for most people (there were less than 5 outlets). Watson’s was almost everywhere in Hong Kong, it was the most accessible place for me to get toys during my childhood. Times changes everything, it’s now nothing but a convenient store/pharmacy. It’s their business decision I understood that. My question quickly raised was, how do the kids get their toys these days?

The rent is so much problem for those doing business that count on cheap rents, includes toys stores, stationery stores. Some years later, businesses like these are facing distinction or extermination whichever you’d like to call it. Of course, it’s up to our society to decide if it’s still needed. Who’s still using a pager now?

All these years, I’d been wondering why the older generation loves to speak about their past. It’s a way to communicate back to their like minded audience, or it’s a great way to connect to anyone. I totally understood, and I’m already comparing my past to now.

My work stay in Tsueng Kwan O in the weekend gave me a significant impression on their zero creativity and repetitiveness in town. Anywhere I see is just simply nothing but the same nothingness. The streets are just too tidy, there’s nothing but intersections. Not a single shop is visible on the curb side as all the shops have brought up to the malls. What’s in a mall are the same-o familiar franchises and escalators. And when you look outside of a shopping mall, it’s the public housing and roads. Perhaps not everyone would see it this way, it’s just my impression. Or am I just expecting the out of the ordinary?

Repeating mirror


Dog Teeth

Between the wall, back to back

Shopping mall

33ºC / The Heaven and Hell

Get Lost in the City

Gazing down to the lost city

Street photography is not a too appropriate description of a genre. Even there’re photographers out there who shoot street photos disagree labeling them as ‘Street’ photographer. I also realize the meaningless term that keeps repeating and cycling over my head from time to time. What does street photography do to me? Does it have any relation to me? Does it give a certain identity to myself? I’m lucky that I do not like complicated things, when questions get tricky I’d choose to ignore them and finish my thing instead. A little jump to the conclusion as you can see…

I’ve previously noted myself as a photoblogger more than a photographer regardless of level I’m in. There’s a huge distinction between the two. A photoblogger to me is like a modern version of photographer. I’m the one in charge of everything basically – from scheduling, photo shooting, photo processing, writing, editing, maintaining the blog… And honest to earth, blog like this gears toward a very niche group of audience. That is without the help of anyone such as recommendation from other well known peers, publication of some sort, collaborations or some breakthrough projects. I do not think my formula to blogging has changed much since Day 1. There’re refinements, improvements but overall nothing has changed drastically.

The heaven and hell divider

The heaven and hell divider

From an editor standpoint, I’m pushing for photographic opportunities out there. From a photographer standpoint, I’m battling the heat and humidity. I’d be damn lucky to come up with few photos I really like for just an hour of shooting on the odd days. It’s as simple as that: when there isn’t any input, output is nowhere to come. Other says about how some other art forms can influence thy photography, I’m not at that level yet. I cannot see myself absorbing bits from let say music, painting,…. However, I’m very open to possibilities especially days like these.

33ºC plus the at least 80% of humidity, I get nothing but sweat just by walking for 5 mins or stand still for 10 minutes under the sun. I notice I’m a little off lately too when I feel like shooting. I can easily blame on not meeting a spark (an absolute cannot miss photo opportunity) that get me going like I usually do on any given days. I wonder why most of the shots I came up were architecture. They have ‘zero’ meaning to me as life experience. And they’re not particularly good either. It’s a clear indication I’ve to go back to a drawing board. I must enter the hell-like street, it is the first step must take.


The evil in heaven

This is just the early beginning of Summer 2013. It’s scourging when the sun is up high, I have no choice but to adapt, adapt smartly. There’s still plentiful of time to adjust. The biggest enemy are laziness and comfort. There’ll be many more 33ºC days to go.

Something else worth looking


Rain and gloominess continues…

Rainy night
I think “street” photographers can be sometimes too constrained to the people and happenings in public spaces. You walk by the same street and could be not shooting anything if nothing interests you at all (depend on the duration spend on the street).  Just like our appetite, eating the same dishes at the same restaurant can be very boring unless you stir things up.
Construction markings on stairs
My recent photos with a phone had shown myself what I’d been missing. It’s easy to look at things, I pass by textures, patterns, colors that I never have second thoughts on them. It surprised me last time when I took a stroll and get my lazy meal at McDonald’s; I found opportunities for a few shots even late at night 11pm…After all, our phones are less likely to get damaged by rain water.
Stickers removed
Weight myself
The square photos fit in nicely in every way. There’s no distraction other than the center object. There’s a whole lot of advantages with the 1:1 dimension (no orientation, not a fixed rule in composition, facilitate a stronger subject..).

I guess that’s precisely what I want to do lately other than protecting my cameras from the rain. There were other things worth looking at despite of the strange weather.

Today is the first day in weeks I see blue skies. So until the next rainy day…
Almost Christmas
The photos were meant to be polaroid like (fake). So I have not spent a second processing them.