發酵與浮現

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I Run

最近的一個拍攝自由工作令自己體會多了一點點自己的極限和限制。趕工的急切性可能是只一主要因素,我掌控着客人公司的一大部分工序排列,也正正就是這樣感覺到了自己”忽然”變得何其重要。最初想起也覺得什為漫長,還要夾著些未知原素在內,當時的 ”完工便是目標” 在末段這一整星期長長不眠夜中發酵。結果當客人看到了成品便何其開心,鬆了一口氣。

I Chok

回首多月以來的工作機會這算是時間最緊、最長,的確辛苦,還要比所有長工辛苦得很多。(幸好數剪接影片中的一句又一句的激勵真言令自己安落下去,得以堅持下去)

Hong Kong Island Oasis

我想: 像這般繼續下去做我的半個自由工作者可行嗎?  還是,怎樣可改變一下? 需要與商業標準(器材、人手、表達手法、平面設計、動畫…) 來看齊這個結我還沒打開之下、收支又失衡、獨狼的工作方式、自己能力、行業未來發展的焦慮等等,很多當初不會想的東西就是這樣浮現出來。

I jump

影片不再只是最初眼看輕易單純一段一分幾鐘而已的片段東西了,也不是近似我興趣以外的一件普通事了,背後的遠超越自用相片的後期調較。 可否為生賺到基本過活才是一大考驗。 我可不動用存款地、加上供養父母之下支持生活了8個月,對我而言已經不簡單了。 經濟能力便是生存能力,對吧?

有緣人

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Flute music played by a man in the wilderness? It sounded unimaginably crisp and I promise anyone could hear from far away distance. To me, it added meaning to where he was playing – at an abandoned village. The flourishing violet mountain flowers by a roofless house which it all covered by green moss, had all seemed come alive again. Do they call it a full circle?

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I met a hiker during the journey from Ma On Shan to Wong Tai Sin. By all means he did not look like a hiker just by visually scanning on his outfit and the gear he held. He looked more like a construction worker in his early 50s, with a wooden walking cane and a straw hat. He was singing the Cantonese tunes from the 70s. We greeted each other and he asked where I was heading. It’s not too much of a surprise to end on the same destination. He started telling me the route we were on was a major passage and he described how it was before. The further we walked, the more he explained the Taoism philosophy which he practices in. The idea of the nature correcting itself, how our body repairs, and all the coincidence happens around us are all due to the cause of Yin and Yang. He explained how he found several of his wooden canes. They were all picked up after typhoon or cut down by other men. And the canes he collected had checked out all the requirements – the protruding handle, length, weight, balance and the resemblance of human, buddha and other Chinese mystic creatures (such as dragon).

He then asked if I wished to try an off-the-grid route. I refused at first but as we approached that point, why not! It is one of those loose sand and gravel slope he led me to. I would not know there’s such route existed, as it’s behind a high retaining wall. He has even shared me a few tips when climbing down with a supporting rope.

It’s a compliment from him I supposed, he said he does not often bump into people like me, that’s willing to listen and treat stranger not quite a like stranger. On the other hand, he referred it as our fate.

Deep Thinker

Before we parted ways, he remarked on our society that’s so different from where he used to grow up from. Knowledge and ideas can be passed along to the rest of the family. How many of us know much about the medicinal use of Chinese herbs and common ingredients?  How many of us can address our relatives appropriately (in Chinese it’s more than just cousins, uncles, aunties…). All these names and knowledge, our grandmas and a few other uncles/aunties just know it all, right?

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I’m grateful my 2016 had been an add-on to the previous. Departing from the workspace which I’d stayed for 6 years was a decision that had built up over the course of 6 months. I noticed life can be different if I decided to steer the wheel. How bad can it be when I’ve got nothing to lose. I think it’s worse if I look back one day and say what if.

“Xei Xei Ni Oh”

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Being able to travel around in East Asia may not be an luxury for most of the employed. It’s just a matter of when and whom you go with. Going with the entire family including parents would be a very well financially planned trip, of which I often felt guilty about; until my sister made the call to go without them. It’s my first real vacation ever since I graduated 7 years ago. This made it my first time flying out of Hong Kong to travel. And the destination is Taipei, Taiwan.

Taiwan is an island off the FuJian coast of Republic of China however governed by the Taiwanese. Their language in written form is Traditional Chinese which is exactly the same as what we use. However in the spoken form, they use a varied version of Mandarin which not all Hong Kongese are too comfortable with. It sounds especially cute on girls for some reason.

It has been always an interesting topic to compare the differences between us three: Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. The difference economically, geographically, infra-structurally, culturally, politically, democratically. The future prospect of their capital cities, the generation XYZ and more you could easily think of. What I concern the most would be ‘The Living Environment’, how do people in Taiwan live without any influence from the Chinese Communist Party.

Taipei is a common travel destination for us. It’s just an hour flight and another 40 plus minutes to the downtown. It’s also relatively inexpensive. My sister told me she just wanted to see the place and eat their traditional local food. There’s not a hard schedule. In other words, we were there to chill for 4 days. Together with my under-used Instax, I documented my trip here and there.

It’s a valuable experience that would last a lifetime. I have gained a new perspective to Taiwan.
More about the trip on next post

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