Friday, November 18, 2011
A few weekends ago, I had the chance to visit Hong Kong. I've had a love hate relationship with the small region, mostly leaning towards hate. You can thank the backwards relationship the US has with Taiwan, and not having an embassy within the country. This forces American nationals to fly overseas to obtain a visa, often termed a "visa run," and Hong Kong is the likely place for visa runs for Americans in Taiwan. So up until now, my relationship with Hong Kong, the birthplace of my father, father's father, and so on, has not held a dear place in my heart. Instead it represented red tape beaurocratic BS, wasted time, and light pockets. This trip was different, however, it being a mini vacation. I went with my girlfriend who said her airline miles would soon expire, and we should go on a trip. She also said she'd take me to some places with photo ops. I felt it strange I was actually looking forward to the trip across the straight. Hong Kong is a large and busy city. It gave me a great opportunity to practice something I rarely do: shoot street people. This was something that didn't come quickly for me because of my initial fear of intruding on other's privacy. But with a little longer lens than I'm used to using, I was able to surreptitiously photograph others. Another benefit the distance allows is more candid expressions and actions, not posed movements or an awareness of being photographed.