Hong Kong Street Photography

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I’m trying to loosen up a bit and change things around. It’s been nearly 10 years since I moved to Asia and I find myself skipping past things these days without giving them a second glance. Things I would have stopped for years ago. Things I would have photographed. These things normalize and we change and grow and stop being amazed by what quickly becomes commonplace, even in a part of the world as inspiring and outlandish and wonderful as Southeast Asia.

These days, I’ve gotten in the habit of leaving my camera at home when I’m not working. To clear my head, or so I’m not always be seen as a photographer. Which is all well and good and necessary, but I’ve started to crave that clutter again. I miss stopping for things. I miss those random images you collect at the end of a day walking around a city. I miss going through photographs and being surprised. And so I’ve been trying to remedy that.

Street photography means different things to different people, but at its heart I’ve always thought if it as a spontaneous kind of action. Photographs of things that moved you in one way or another at some time or other in some place or another. It’s people, places, and things. Decisive moments. Random objects. The way light falls against a building or how the colors in a frame all interact together. Street photography is simple. In a way, it’s whatever you decide it is. And so I’ve been doing more street photography, which simply means I’ve been taking more photographs. Streets have often been involved.

And so here are some things from Hong Kong. I’m shooting film, because it feels more spontaneous and I like not being able to see what I’ve captured until the rolls come back from the lab. These were all taken with a Lomo LC-A and a Leica M7, two of my favorite 35mm film cameras for their simplicity of design and user friendliness. I try to have at least one of them on me at all times these days. Because I’m embracing these things again, and you never know who or what you’re going to run into.

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Tokyo Calling

I’m off to Tokyo for a few days for a friend’s birthday. Very excited to get lost amidst the wires and alleys and skyscrapers and general chaos of the city. This photo is from a few years ago, in the Harajuku neighborhood. Just a simple street shot. This will be my fourth time to Japan and Tokyo and it never feels less exciting than the first.

Yangon Rising

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When I first traveled to Yangon, there were frequent power outages, a distinct lack of cellphones, and empty roads after 9pm. But things change. There were also crowded tea shops and chaotic street markets and girls wearing thanaka. Not to mention a kind of prevailing overall ramshackle charm. All of which has survived to this day. It’s a bit cliche to say that the country is finally moving into the 21st century, but it’s also difficult to deny the progress being made, especially in Yangon. Social media is making inroads. New bars and restaurants are opening up. Some neighborhoods are becoming more hip than others. There’s a growing arts scene. And so much more. It’s great to see a city coming into its own. Especially a city as beautiful and unique as Yangon. So here are just a few photos from a few days there. Focusing mostly on that retro allure. That certain whatever. That thing that keeps bring me back, over and over again.

A young Burmese street seller at a crowded market in downtown Yangon, Myanmar.
Early morning on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar.
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A man walks along a pier toward the Yangon River in downtown Yangon, Myanmar.
A man carries a jug of water through the streets of Yangon, Myanmar.
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Locals exit a small bus in downtown Yangon, Myanmar.
Burmese men and women wait for the bus in downtown Yangon, Myanmar.
A crowded market in downtown Yangon, Myanmar.
A street seller at her food stall in downtown Yangon, Myanmar.
A young child is carried through a street market in downtown Yangon, Myanmar.
Sunset along the Yangon River in Yangon, Myanmar.

Snapshot | Tokyo, Japan

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I’m currently working in Tokyo, Japan, and had some free time to wander around the Shibuya crossing area with my Fuji X-Pro1. Nothing industry-shifting, just a few snapshots while I waited to meet up with friends for the night. I love the Fuji camera for carrying around when I’m traveling and not actively on assignment–light, lithe, and likely as not to get a good shot on the go. And it fits oh so well over your shoulder.