I decide this past Saturday and Sunday go give myself a street photography assignment. I would shoot couples. Couples only – no kids in the mix. As it always seems to go, when you’re looking for something you never find it. And if you do, blink and it’s gone.
Shooting street photography in Hong Kong is not easy. The speed of Hong Kongers is the stuff of legend. The hustle, the bustle. Sidewalks, at some times of the day are a sea of people, a tide of humanity. You don’t so much walk down the sidewalk as are swept along with the masses. Imagine trying to shoot into this – more clunkers than you can shake a stick it.
I was in Causeway Bay at the Fuji Studio to pick up my freshly serviced Fujifilm 50-140. (There was nothing wrong with it, the tech told me, but he gave it a tune up anyway to make it focus faster.) Although it was Saturday it wasn’t crazy-busy on the sidewalk. While I missed shots oh plenty, I did manage to snag a few couples. Sunday afternoon saw me in Kowloon, shooting near my flat at golden hour. The light was nice while it lasted. Some couple presented themselves, some of the shots I have shared.
I felt a a lot like I was hunting, waiting for moments instead of looking for them. I think every street photographer has done through this – you get so busy looking for something – anything – to shoot that you miss all that’s around you. The shoots were more specific – couples only. (That’s not to say I didn’t shoot other interesting characters as they appeared as a sideline). Are the photos great? No. Are they mediocre? Not even that. That’s not the point. The point was having an assignment and getting it done.
I will continue with self-assigned assignments. It was a good way to shoot – being specifically focused on only one sort of photo. Zack Arias is doing a series of assignments on his great site dedpxl.com – if you’re interested in assignments you should check those out.