The Repeating Nothingness

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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.

Lady

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

Bears

Dog Teeth

Between the wall, back to back

Shopping mall

The ‘Nobody’

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Catching the ferry

Catching the ferry

I lost all my interest on my weekdays, the only way to deal with it, is to seek a way out. And my focus has been relying on my weekend journey to my mini-project – the island. It is the only way I could get through the week no matter how terrible my days have become. While it sounds like my attention is all over the project, I’m pacing myself knowing the fact that the coming weeks would be another opportunity there again. I do not see a deadline or a period to it just yet.

The hopeful journey

The hopeful journey

I keep hearing successful stories of who and who turning their passionate hobbies into their business. I’m so happy for them and meanwhile seeing my ‘hollow’ self. Living in a society requires fierce completion and serious dollars certainly isn’t helping. Photography is the only thing that keeps me alive. Sadly, it has nothing to do with my career at all; nor I’ve received credibility with it. Good news is that when I have my camera in hand, I quickly become my ‘rational’ self.

Journey thru the island

Journey thru the island

I’m still the ‘nobody’ who shoots photographs. Owning a non-M Leica does not make me ‘somebody’ either. My photographs are merely fragments of my experience. Those whom are able to maximize that ‘street encounter’ experience makes it who you are, and perhaps become the ‘somebody’.

See you again next week

Again next week

It’s important to have photographs that speak for the photographers’ mind. It’s good to question ourselves what does this image do to you. If my answer is because I was there, without meanings that I wish to express; it does not matter how good the image looks, it would be ‘just another’ photo. The selection process plays a huge part of any photographers, there’s no exception even just for the ‘nobody’.

Back to my reality

Back to my reality

Me, going thru at work

Me, going thru at work

Longing for another weekend away from the city

Longing for another weekend away from the city

I try to be invisible when finding the inner meaning and harmony on a given scene. It’s what I sought after these days. I keep walking and shooting depending upon how my day goes. I’m still that nobody wandering with a camera.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

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Yes!

Yes!

Pushing to the limit is not always the best way to cultivate a sustainable photography habit. My nature is to go with whatever destination I’m in, time of the day, duration available for doing. Treasure a very good day with a big deep breath by the Victoria Harbor, rather than chasing for the shadow and light on a hot sweaty day. There’s always something interesting happen around us: around the street corner, at the cafe, anywhere you travel to. And most importantly, learn to accept a terrible day of outing. You can spend hours on the street and not getting anything interesting at all or you get extraordinary shots you’ve anticipated in just a 30 minutes of walk. Like many masters have said, recognizing the patterns and be ready are the keys.

‘The World Through Your Eyes’ to me just a fancy phrase nothing but trusting my own judgement and instincts when doing photography. Mindfully use our eyes. If you believe in it, your job is done.

So this is my attempt to the photo challenge. There were a few cleaners sitting on the the stairs of a bridge I usually pass by to the harbor front. There was a cleaning trolley they use at the bus stop right by an AD. The AD happened to be the popular loan shark with a gigantic hand gesture mask they use. You could see 3 of the commonly used gestures are there in the photo: Victory, Rock and Okay. Funny how these objects lined up nicely without anyone staging it intentionally.

I had been chasing for the funny rubber gloves where they hang them upside down. The wild expression of the lady catches the viewer then to the gestures next to her. Let’s see how I do on my first attempt to a photo challenge!

By the way, I’ve started my twitter account: @apinhongkong
I wish to share more about stuff happening here in Hong Kong and sometimes updates of photography related matters. I’m still new to it, feel free to follow. I always think there’s LESS barrier or privacy crap in Twitter than the Facebook, i hope I’m right. 🙂