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Street Photography and General Photography in Hong Kong
« on: January 12, 2012, 04:36:44 PM »
Hi Guys,

I haven't been to Hong Kong for some years now and I would say I'm pretty much back to being a first-timer on the island. In any case, I'm heading there this February and will be staying somewhere in Kowloon for a good 5 days.

I just wanted to seek everybody's help in building my itinerary by recommending your suggested places to do street photography (and general photography of quirky hole-in-the-wall places and finds such as the Olympia Graeco Egyptian Coffee Shop in Central Hong Kong).

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Street Photography and General Photography in Hong Kong
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Re: Street Photography and General Photography in Hong Kong
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2012, 05:25:33 PM »
You might want to try the Slum areas  of Kowloon or should I say the poor areas of that City

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Re: Street Photography and General Photography in Hong Kong
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2012, 06:44:03 PM »
You might want to try the Slum areas  of Kowloon or should I say the poor areas of that City

Sounds interesting. Is it generally safe there? Where in Kowloon may these places be?
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Re: Street Photography and General Photography in Hong Kong
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2012, 12:25:04 AM »
Sounds interesting. Is it generally safe there? Where in Kowloon may these places be?

Good question; from what I remember before they called the Kowloon tenement slum "crime city," and I hear they tore it down and built a park over it. Don't know if there are other slum areas in Kowloon aside from that one.

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I saw some tenement areas near the night market, there are also many beggars in some streets but locals don't post them in the internet unlike here in the Philippines, I just don't know why

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Re: Street Photography and General Photography in Hong Kong
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2012, 07:04:44 PM »
I saw some tenement areas near the night market, there are also many beggars in some streets but locals don't post them in the internet unlike here in the Philippines, I just don't know why

Perspectives on the 'ugly' in society. While some Filipinos may have just been used to it and 'not ashamed' anymore, the rest are interested in that reality for altruistic reasons (must show the truth, etc) and/or artistic reasons (beauty in showing the truth, or that all the lines in that old person's face serves more than to test how sharp the lens is, but makes a dramatic photograph). By contrast other societies may not want that section of them to be seen for various reasons.

It's like all the talk about the Bourne Legacy shooting about improving our image. Huh?! Look at that location! What they're not clarifying is that will happen but NOT in what the movie will show, but that  a movie outfit has come here, might provide positive feedback on working here, and more will come in the future. Just imagine how much cash they pumped in for the locals who are paid to 1) act as extras and 2) not look and smile at the cameras.

Aside from that there might be other cultural factors. I think some peoples have a 'ghostbuster' myth about cameras that still persist in varying degrees today (ie, you take a chunk of the soul when you take the photo), and tendency is for poorer areas to have people who just moved in from the isolated rural areas. Given they might react negatively locals probably don't have too many photos of them to begin with.

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