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week 5: meet someone new

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Week 5 Challenge: Meet Someone New

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For this assignment, I want you to meet someone new. It could be anyone: you could meet someone at pottery class, in a community centre, or at a friend’s party. Or maybe you will meet them walking around your neighbourhood.

Interview the person about the place where he or she lives and make notes about his or her impressions. You might ask questions they would expect, such as how long they have lived there, what they know of the history of the place, and if they see themselves staying or leaving. But you should also ask them questions about the feel and experience of the area: What is the most beautiful spot in the neighbourhood? What is it like in the dark? Can they see the stars? Which neighbours are outdoors the most? What is the loveliest time of day in their street? What do they see when they look out of the window? (These questions are just examples).

Take this information and use it as a guide for a piece of work that is rooted in someone else’s vision of a place: but do not photograph the person you have interviewed. Finally, take the images to your ‘guide’ for captioning and discussion.

This activity is aimed at showing you that by taking on a co-author, you will engage with a more pointedly collaborative model for your work, one that can perhaps present people in more inclusive, complex, and empowering ways.

Share your images in the space below.

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In a social gathering of old boys last week, I came across a schoolmate much younger than me in my table, we introduced each other, I was talking about my shooting of a bone-setter (a sort of Chinese Medicine Practitioner) in Mongkok, this brought out his memory in which his grandparents (who resisted the Western medicine a lot) brought him to see a Chinese herbalist in his childhood when he got sick in a clinic in Kowloon City. This greatly aroused my interest as this is an area of work in my vicinity. According to him this shop which was selling Chinese herbs plus offering traditional Chinese medical prescription from the in-house Chinese Herbalist has closed down a year ago. But it was re-decorated into a modern cafe with preservation of all its traditional decoration. Will takes pictures ASAP.

This is a 86 years old shop, the new tenant, Henry, during the course of renovation retains the “compartmental cabinet” for storing Chinese herbs, iron gate, ceiling fan and even the Chinese herb storage bottles.

 

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week 5: independent reflection

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The visits to subdivided flats and cubicles bring in a few hundred pictures and after edition end up in 5 groups of photos, they are used to be discussed in the 1-1 tutorial, but owing to connection problem, probably on the tutor’s end because of her being in Dubai visiting her ailing mother. The 7 emails on 1. double deck cubicle (outside), 2. double deck cubicle (inside), 3. double deck bunker, 4. triple deck bunker, 5. caged dwellers, 6. kitchens of subdivided flats, 7. chaotic wiring and pipeline of subdivided flat were instead emailed to a classmate which was received with good response and feedback

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What a wonderful set of photographs. Thank you for letting me see them. I very much admire what you are doing, and especially as it’s such a dramatic shift from your bird photography. There is such a lot of work here and I very much like your style of photography.

I looked at your sets in the order below (ie in the order you emailed them). I am interested to know how you see them being presented – will they stay in these sets, or not? They could be chapters? (I am going to use chapters). Have you seen the latest guest lecture by Vikki Forrest?

She talks about the ‘photo essay’ where a story is told through photographic sentences and paragraphs. I think this could work for you.

Anyway, these are just my initial thoughts. The questions I have asked are rhetorical – just for you to ponder over.

Double decker cubicle – outside

What is the cubicle? Is it an abandoned bus? Who transformed it?

Normality seen within:

Religious symbols, plant, fire extinguisher, ‘childish’ art work . Who put them there, where they there before the cubicle was used by the homeless?

Anonymity:

I really like the ones that show part of the person (eg the legs), empty shoes – I want to know more about these people.

Objects that say something about the situation:

Shoes on the floor

Clothes hung over some sort of partition

The way curtains have been hung round beds – all the same

Do the inhabitants have any Interaction with each other?

Double decker cubicle – inside

I feel an emotional response to this set – is this your intention?

Seeing the living spaces of these people, and what they fill them with is moving.

Is it your aim to show people on the ‘outside’ what it means to be homeless in your city?

As an outsider (to your country and to being homeless), I find them educational and documentary.

One of them appears to have a picture of a flower drawn by a child. I am interested to know who drew it , and what is it doing there? Does this person know the child? Have they had to leave them behind?

In another, a man appears to be conducting some sort of business – calculator, scissors etc –

what is he doing? Are there any other photos where the inhabitants are working? Or it the set about diversity within the cubicles, in the same way you would expect in any living quarters?

I really like the circles (the small yellow ones) but I find them incongruous with the rest of this set.

Are you outside looking in?

What is the last photograph of? That one doesn’t mean anything to me.

Double decker bunker

Some inhabitants appear to be living in filth, whereas others live in relative ‘luxury’. There seems to be a real disparity here.

This set is less enigmatic, more to the point, literal, real life stories.

Maybe it’s because this is the 3rd set I have looked at, but I am beginning to feel hardened to the images now, as if it’s becoming normal. Think about how you order your photos, maybe intercept with a shock (a punctum!!) ??

Caged dweller

Love the first two here. Their edit works well – looks like the first leads into the second. However it would look very different side by side rather than one underneath the other.

The lines, shapes and texture of the first work well.

The black and white ones stand out to me the most. Why are some in colour?

My interest has returned with this set, I am intrigued again and want to see more.

Kitchen of subdivided flat

There is so much information in these pictures I would like to see them all together on one page

so I can spend time looking at the detail. Maybe a set of squares (eg 3 rows of 3??), all on the same page.

For me, the one with the 3 sieves / pan on the wall is the least interesting, I think because it’s so different to the rest. Do you want a ‘close up’ edit? If not, I don’t see this one fitting in.

Chaotic wiring

That first picture could be anywhere. If we didn’t know, it could be a prison, a disused / derelict building of some kind.

The shiny handles in the foreground of the first one suggests it was once classy.

It looks dangerous here. I don’t get the impression of danger in any of the other sets – quite the opposite in fact. In the others, even the squalor gives the impression of physical safety. But not here, what is the chance of being electrocuted?

Is that a bunch of flowers sticking out of one of them

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week 7 : your market

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Week 7: Your Market

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I want you think about who your audience and your market are. Are they the same? If you haven’t got a market yet, think about who you want your future market to be. For this week’s forum I want you to sell one picture, in whatever way. You might sell an image through a picture library, a print to a relative or a stranger on the street, or a current affairs image to a newspaper.

Use the space below to tell us more about how you chose the image, how you sold it and how you negotiated its value / price.

my reply

While George Franks has sold his first picture in 1979 for 6.5 pounds, I recall that I am shooting portraits nearly every day.

The audience is my obstetric patients, their husbands and newborns, while they are paying hkd 180 for a A4 reprint and another hkd 180 for a CD to the hospital, hkd 0 to me, I may regard this service already included in my anaesthetic fees. I have been practicing obstetric anaesthesia for over thirty years and it is the recent twenty years that with the advent of a new atraumatic spinal needle that the pendulum swing from general anaesthesia to spinal anaesthesia, and since then the husbands would accompany their wives and rejoiIMG_1716.JPGce with the delivery of their babies freshly from the wombs.

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week 5 networking

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Week 5: Networking

For this week’s task, you will network. We have already discussed the importance of networking as part of your marketing strategy, and we will now look at this in depth. Over the course of this week, you will find three networking opportunities and engage in them. These can be direct or indirect. Here are a few ideas:

  • Go to an exhibition opening and connect with other photographers or members of the gallery team (if appropriate).
  • Network on social media – follow some of the photographers you admire on Instagram or Twitter and engage with them.
  • Join a photography network such as The AOP and find out what is on offer and how you can network through them.
  • Join a photography collective (although this will be a bigger commitment than just a week’s task, so be aware of that).
  • Send out a newsletter.
  • Enter a photography award.

The possibilities are endless. Discuss what you did and what came from it below.

My reply

Networking relies a lot on social media

  1. “Birds in Flight” is a closed face book interest group based in the united states, I used to post my birds in flight pictures to here, various lens manufacturers actually browse the internet and one of my peer birders got sponsored by sony to test the new sony 400/2.8 .
  2. Recently the setup of IG account widens my exposure of work to some 61 followers
  3. Whatsapp group among my peers in current medical practice, in my undergraduate, in my secondary schoolmates all form a closed network of my work

Attending meetings, workshops and seminars

  1. Recent participation in a magnum workshop widened my scope of networking as they represent photographers from Korea, Mexico ,United states, Czech, netherland, Beijing, India and Japan
  2. A street photographer workshop by Mr. Miguell also leads to another network of professional photographers in Hong Kong
  3. Recent attending of “experience sharing with Vincent Yu” augment my exposure to photobook making. Vincent Yu is a senior photographer working for Associated Press for more than thirty years, his experience in North Korea and 1997 Hong Kong takeover is also inspiring.
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week 4:independent reflection

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Newsha Tavakolian was my co-teacher in the magnum workshop held in Tokyo in August  

Havlin (2018) wrote: For Newsha Tavakolian, the whole process of creating a portrait is collaborative. “There is no way I can take a good portrait of someone when the person is unwilling to open up, spend time or let me into their world,” she says. “Portrait photography is about putting ego aside, gaining trust and not taking too much of the space of the person that it is all about. When I’m with the people I portray, I want to be light, and almost invisible. Still, I do want to have a lot of interaction with them.”

These approaches really open up my mind in my approach to the 3 old men in their shops in Kowloon City. I was lucky to locate them in 3 adjacent streets

 

 

Mr. Tsang is a tailor previously but now he usually works to readjust the client dresses when it no longer fit the client, only rarely that he receives an order to make a dress from scratch. His 2 dresses in the display cabinet outside the shop belonged to his previously slim wife.

https://wingluncheung.com/week-3-untold-story-3-understair-tailor-shop/

 

 

Mr Cheung is a shoe repairer, he lives in Tuen Mun and takes more than one hour each day to come back to open the shop. He is so proud of his grandson who succeeded in entering University of Hong Kong last year and often have breakfast together and travel together from Tuen Mun https://wingluncheung.com/week-4-untold-story-of-hong-kong-7/

 

Mr. Chan is a semi-retired shoe maker, he is spending his daytime sitting in front of his shop, usually socialising with nearby residents rather than really making shoe.

https://wingluncheung.com/week-4-untold-stories-5-understair-shoe-maker/

 

I was successful in getting them to be pictured , using more less the same tactics, talk to them, make acquaintances, make myself invisible and sit down to take photos of them. Since their shops are in close vicinity of my working place, I can afford to go whenever I have spare time, really talk to them and make friends with them.

 

Regarding the bone setter clinic run by a CHAN family, I myself being a patient for my sprained ankle, would minimise their natural repulsion to a complete stranger. They were skeptical at the beginning on my aim, but Mr. Chan agreed to my taking pictures after I disclosed my project details, and fortunately at the same time the other patient agreed as well making my work possible . As a token of thanks I gave Mr Chan a framed A4 print of his picture

https://wingluncheung.com/week-1-untold-stories-of-hk-2-bonesetter/

 

Module 4 - Sustainable Prospects

week 4: untold story of Hong Kong (7)shoe repairer

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Shoe repairing is a vanishing business  in Hong Kong, all underground stations have chain shoe repair shop which provide fast service for travellers, however Mr Cheung is still busy because of his custom personal service provided for the clients, although his shop opens late in the afternoon, his clients would suit his opening hours. The tools of his shop are all collectible antiques and it is a pleasure to picture them.

 

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week 4 street photography workshop

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Have attended a “street photography workshop” on Sunday 14 October, 11am – 5 pm. Various techniques were taught by the instructor:

Contrast in the street

Juxtaposition

Slow shutter

Geometric Shapes

Symmetry

Self-portrait

Shades and shadows

Use your hand

Divide the frame

Particular attention should be paid to corners, mirrors, stationary versus moving in zebra crossing, MTR, taxi stand and bus station.

Observation from different angle of view would be innovative and creative.

We learned that Street photography is candid photography made in public situations, it is a photo with story, humor, contrast, meaning, emotion, visual response, fascination, surreal happening

This has practical implication on my practice so that I have to go back to the tailor and shoe repairer shop to retake the shots

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week 3: independent reflection

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“If you break the chain you will have bad luck for the rest of your life”. Long before the internet era, in our schooldays, letters with the above message are flowing around which often made the recipient psychologically disturbed, unlike the press of a button nowadays, we really have to affix a stamp for forwarding.

To make a viral image somewhat imitates the above act, but for the sake of propaganda or advertisement, it is free but need to watch out for violation of law depending on the locality.

My Instagram account was created just after the beginning of this module with only 56 followers, most are from the address list of my Facebook account. I have only uploaded 10 pictures so far, even with a liberal hashtag I can only afford an increase of 1 follower per day. I think a longer usage before it can help the commercial use

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week 4: Untold story in Hong Kong (6) Yuet Tung China Works

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YUET TUNG China Works is the last porcelain hand-painting factory of Hong Kong. It is an excellent witness of the efforts made by Hong Kong to preserve Cantonese Porcelain painting known as Canton Porcelain. With the capable hands of the craftsman and Chinese Ink Brushes, the opaque porcelain can be filled with an unlimited number of vibrant colour

Three generation of family have passed, the current management are still full of passion and emotion in this business, they will continue working until the last craftsman retires.

The skilled artisans at Yuet Tung China Works are over seventy years old and will soon retire and with no apprentice to pass down the skill, the porcelain would face extinction risk

 

 

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week 4: untold stories of hong Kong (5) understair shoe maker

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A Shoemaker, Mr Chan, has been doing business in this shop for 50-60 years, the shoes are all hand-made from scratch. There has been prosperous times when he owned a factory in San Po Kong employing 8 employees with the current shop for retail. Now it all comes down to he himself, nowadays shoes are made by machines, and there is no apprentice to this manual shoemaking business. But occasionally there are people immigrated elsewhere coming back to make an order .With no business, he still sits at his store talking to neighbours, and his wife never desserts him. There is also a cat resident on the street that comes to accompany them, of course they are feeding the cat.