I Heart Hong Kong

Just before landing in Amsterdam, I hopped over on a quick flight to Hong Kong for one last look of Asia for the near future. For Australians, any flight under 15 hours is quick. 

When I go on holidays, I leave the Canon professional kit at home and I carry with me a Diana, a little toy camera. You can find them everywhere these days, but they were originally manufactured in Hong Kong in the 1960s.

I love the visual density of this city. A pedestrian in Hong Kong has a visual feast. You can look at a four-story Gucci advertisement on a 20-story concrete block of flats that has been painted pink, with a street food vendor at ground floor, and just beyond that is a 50-story glass office tower where people are silently pouring out of an MTR subway station, just as double decker trams (with even more advertising) and red taxis that zoom past very narrow, winding streets.

There's something slightly poetic to me about the idea of using a Hong Kong camera in Hong Kong. Although, what I enjoy most though is the constant source of delight from the lack of controls. You get three choices for your exposures - cloudy, partly cloudy, and sunny. It's as easy to operate as an iPhone camera, but without the instant gratification.

The edges of the exposures always bleed together and I've come to embrace the idea of taking a considered approach to the toy camera. To me, it's about the montage of images to tell the experience of wandering through the eyes of the traveler. 

No idea what I'll ever do with these pictures, but I think these pics would make for a really cool wallpaper.