Hong Kong: The Icon

The great thing about having an icon at your shutter finger tip is that your experience is always going to be understood, yet different. 

Different to the next person, even though the street scape and the light and the knowledge of place will be, just that: 'known'...

Known to all and 'all of it' because it is the same.  London Bridge is as known as the Grand Canyon.

The Sydney Opera House is as recognisable to some as the Statue of Liberty is to others. 

The emotion of these is what make the critical eye keener, sharper and more demanding.

How do we capture something different in these iconic places?

Be Truthful. State your own truth. Compose and crate a picture.

Never just 'take a snap'.

Lunch in Hong Kong - Stanley Street, 1997

Then there is the esoteric view of what you might see in a special place.

When you feel that half smile come to your face, you think maybe, just maybe, you have captured what you feel about that place.

You have put your imprimatur on it.  Even if it is only ever seen by you, you have captured something of it; the emotion you felt at that time.

That is the beauty of photography. 

It allows you to distil a complete experience and tell a story with a single image.

Afternoon Off in Hong Kong - Hong Kong 1997

The Colour of Hong Kong, 1997

The Colour of Hong Kong, 1997

The distraction of colour is often the death of composition.

Maybe the photographer and the artist are closer than they both think.

In letting go of the obvious, the truth is revealed.