I have finally sifted through the collection of 1600+ photos captured from Hong Kong, and so far, I have made a wee video slideshow of the best bits including family photos, which I have uploaded as a private video through Vimeo, as they promote creative videos… whereas all the trolls lurk in YouTube.

However, I will be choosing to reflect on some key highlights from a photo perspective, and why I felt led to capture a particular frame on film. I am using Flickr to upload a select bundle, which you can find here at: www.flickr.com/photos/indescribablelove (select Hong Kong from the Albums tab)

Let’s get started then!

Hong Kong is renowned for its outdoor markets. This particular photo however is actually taken in Cheung Chau, which is part of the outer islands outside Hong Kong known as the Islands District. I have a thing for colours and shapes, and I wanted to capture the vibrant fruits that are simply hanging out ready for eating. Because the foods are sourced from local farmers, the price is a bit more expensive than the two rival supermarkets in Hong Kong (ParknShop and Wellcome). The only thing that I was unable to capture is the multitude of smells from the ripe fruits.

Admittedly, I took this cheeky shot on Day 2 (there were multiple shots, but I chose this particular one where the woman on the left looked at me directly). American fast food outlets has been consuming Hong Kong locals in maybe the past 20 years I reckon. Young folk are more inclined to abandon local cuisines and indulge in Western dishes. Super Size Me anyone?

This shot is actually a scene of a forthcoming event that is typically held on Cheung Chau island (the place where we stayed during the 2 weeks). The annual event is known as the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, which attracts thousands of people to the island. This centre piece of the bamboo-steel structure in the middle would be covered in white buns. The aim of the event would typically involve a race of young men / or children to collect as many buns as possible, and the higher they reached – seemingly the better the ‘fortune’ the family would receive. The Chinese are of course, very superstitious, but these days the Bun Festival is mainly a family event involving music, games and floats. Traditionally, there were 3 bun structures, but due to past accidents and health and safety regulations, only one bun tower is implemented.

This shot was taken at a cross junction on Queen’s Road West. Opposite me faces a modern McDonald’s branch, which also houses a mobile phone outlet just at the entrance to the left. Far left of the picture is a branch belonging to the Bank of China, where I believe I camped outside the shop floor to take this photo. Far right of the picture which is not captured here is actually the residential care home, where my grandparents stay. This photo is your typical shot of a street in Hong Kong, where you see a bunch of air conditioners clumped outside high-rise flats… the streaming traffic and the densely populated streets, where you can bump into some interesting characters. I wanted to capture a rare shot, where you see no vehicles on the road. Unknowingly, a black car had crept into the frame at the far right. Sometimes, you just can’t plan your shots!

This has got to be one of my favourite images captured from Hong Kong. I love the vivid primary colours, and the contrast here of the big and small. I took this shot outside one of the ferry piers (possibly Pier 6 or 7). For once in Hong Kong it was a clear blue sky. Often the skyline is obscured by the thick smog from China and nearby coal power stations. I know, who uses coal power stations in the 21st Century. Straight across the road (in between the red taxi and blue van) is the Four Seasons Hotel a luxurious hotel… I would hate to find out how much a cup of water would cost. The IFC shopping mall is situated below, which hosts all your premier retail shops from Gucci to Apple. The IFC mall is also a central hub to to the MTR subways, and you can even check in your luggages before grabbing the subway to the Hong Kong International Airport from here, which is super convenient. The IFC mall is connected from the IFC Tower 1 (the smaller tower to the left of the Four Seasons Hotel) and joins with the IFC Tower 2 to the far left… the famous building that was used in The Dark Knight movie directed by British film director Christopher Nolan. The IFC Tower 2 building is also the second tallest building in Hong Kong. IFC is an abbreviation of the International Finance Centre.

~Richard