Saturday, October 18, 2008

the solitude album

I understand solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation, lack of contact with people or love, yet must confess that this is exactly what I indulge myself so frequently. Solitude is beautiful when it turns misery and banality into a sentimental poem...

"seem so close yet so far..."

"the ipod age"

misty gray

"watching the world go by..."


23:39 p.m., one saturday night...

(Click the image to view the larger version.)


Anonymous Crawford said...

Hey Hugo,

Another great set, something about taking shots of a great colorful city in black & white really evokes that feeling of dislocation, or loneliness.

Call me curious, I'd really love to see more notes, because they compliment the shots so well and it gives people a small window into your motivation for taking photos, which can be just as interesting as the shots themselves.

I wonder to myself, do you venture out at almost midnight on a Saturday specifically to take those certain kinds of pics or are you returning from a friends house or popping out to buy groceries.

As always,

2:13 AM  
Blogger Lion King said...

Goodnight, or morning!!is me Lion again, nice shot again, but... could you take more pics with sun, power, or happy? cause too much darkness, I believe its the better side of the city!

10:38 AM  
Blogger hugo poon said...

Thank you my friends!!!

I once came across someone commenting on my photos: "All he did was walk around photographing things in his life with no concern for being a photographer." This is amazingly accurate! I'm doing all these for pleasure! "He is looking to observe existence, with some wit, and a light touch... " Said another. I wish I can always have the wit and maintain an appropriately light touch. Both are true and explain why I have never been interested in planned, arranged or manipulated photographs.... but maybe what impacts me most and gives me the strongest motivation all these years is the following quote:

'Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.' Henri Cartier Bresson

How and when were my photos taken? Not long after I got into this photography thing in 2005, I met a sudden change in my day job that has increased my workload by more than double! So it's not that I don't want to take more daytime photos but time never seems to be my own until I left the office late at night...

So, most of the pics you've seen here are what I managed to "squeeze" between office and home. "If I can utilize my limited spare time to record my everyday encounter in such a way that the pics leave an image on the mind of myself and other viewers, it's a tremendous joy and some accomplishment." I've been talking to myself...


6:54 AM  
Anonymous Nephilim said...

Hi Hugo!

I've been following your blog for the past months (in fact Ian mentioned you) and I'm constantly amazed by your beautiful and thoughtful work. Good for all of us that you still can find some time in your busy life to capture the mood and subtle feelings in such a city as yours. Be assured, you certainly leave an image on our minds. Thanks again!

All the best,

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Crawford said...

Thanks for the reply Hugo.

HK is an endlessly fascinating subject, dirty and beautiful in equal measure.
And that, coupled with your own personality that comes through the pics, is what pulls me in.

4:27 AM  
Blogger hugo poon said...

Thanks alot Torsten! Your stopping by and leaving such warm words are a wonderful encouragement to me...

You've some very nice galleries too!:-)

Take care,

7:28 AM  

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