Recently on a trip home to San Francisco while I was sitting waiting for my Singapore – Hong Kong leg to take off we had some time to kill due to an unexpected minor engine repair. I was sitting in my usual seat, well the one I always try to get, 44C on the Cathay Pacific international flights (isle seat exit row) and noticed the two men next to me breaking out their reading materials. 44B with his Financial Times and 44A with his iPad. I thought it was a pretty good example of the two mediums being used side-by-side so I got up to take a few frames. What I didn’t know was that the guy behind me in 45C was into what looked like a 500 page manifesto. Now the triangle was formed. iPad, newspaper and book. I got off a few frames from the hip before hearing the captain’s voice over the intercom telling us the engine was fixed and to buckle up. I love the unexpected.
Hong Kong has just gone through one of the dirtiest air days in history. With the Air Pollution Index hitting 500 in certain areas of Hong Kong, Hong Kong’s government told residents to reduce outdoor activities and schools scrapped sports classes as the city’s air pollution index hit record highs. It’s has been an ongoing problem for years in Hong Kong. It doesn’t help being at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta which funnels all the toxic industrial air pollution from southern China. Here are a few images I shot for Bloomberg News. Thanks for looking!Two men talk on a walkway in Central as the pollution looms overhead and the Wanchai skyline in the background in Hong Kong, China.A woman covers her face from the pollution as she walks across Queens Road Central in Central, Hong Kong, China.A man watches over a major construction zone in Central with the Wanchai skyline in the background as the pollution looms overhead Hong Kong island.As the pollution hangs over Hong Kong island, Fred Mostowy, on vacation from Canada takes photos of the Hong Kong skyline in Central, Hong Kong, China.
On Wednesday night I participated in the 2010 ArtWalk in Hong Kong. ArtWalk is a wonderful charity event that has raised over HK$4 million all for charity since it’s beginning in 2001 and supports the annual graduation exhibitions of Hong Kong fine art students. Donations are raised from the sale of the ArtWalk tickets which run HK$430 (about US$55), and this year the benefiting charity is the Society for Community Organization (SoCo). The evening is simple as you can start at any one of the 60+ galleries in Central, Sheung Wan, Wanchai and Causeway Bay and at your leisure you can browse through the different galleries eating and drinking donated food and drinks as you enjoy the wide range of art from pop-art and realism to abstract and 3D installations. While I didn’t get to all the galleries I did visit quite a few and enjoyed the evening. One of the galleries we visited is owned and operated by my friend Lisa Botos who used to be my editor at Time Magazine here in Hong Kong. She has since left the magazine, moved to Singapore but has opened this gallery called Ooi Botos Gallery which is Hong Kong’s leading avant-garde gallery specializing in photography, digital media, video and installation. When we visited the gallery they were featuring the work of Chen Man an incredibly talented Chinese photographer who’s work is simply stunning. Another gallery we visited that I was impressed with with the work was Connoisseur Art Gallery that featured the work of Chinese artists Yan Ya Ya and Zhang Da Zhong both extremely talented Chinese contemporary portrait artists. Below are just a few images from the night. Hope you enjoy!The work of Chen Man is on display at Ooi Botos Gallery in Wanchai.This stunning portrait by Yan Ya Ya can be seen at the Connoisseur Art Gallery on Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong.Another stunning portrait by artist Zhang Da Zhong at Connoisseur Art Gallery on Hollywood Road in Central.People look over the installation at the main office of Society for Community Organization, the benefactor of this years ArtWalk.
Greetings, I am back in Hong Kong. It’s been a long time but now that I am healed with my shoulder injury it’s good to be back home. I have been wondering around a bit on the streets in between jobs for Bloomberg News and a few other corporate gigs. I am loving being back here as always and feel very much at home. Almost every day I walk past 90 year old Mr. Mak a newspaper and magazine vendor along Sing Woo Road in Happy Valley. (Love that name). His business, which he has had for over 40 years, seems to be doing well unlike others around the world. Back in San Francisco my buddy Justin Sullivan with Getty Images photographed a guy who had to close his newspaper kiosk after being in business for over 30 years. Sad state of the times for sure. It seems to me that Hong Kong is booming while the rest of the world suffers through the ongoing economic crisis. I am not sure if it is because of good management on the part of the Hong Kong government or if Hong Kong is just insulated to this sort of thing. What ever they are doing it seems to be working. In any event it’s great to see that things are on track here in the SAR. (Special Administrative Region) Here are a few photos of my newspaper vendor, Mr Mak. A nice old man with a twinkle in his eye. Thanks for looking! Mr Mak, 90 waits for customers at his newspaper and small items stand along Sing Woo Road in Happy Valley.Mr. Mak, 90 unties a knot in a string as he waits for customers.Newspaper vendor, Mr Mak, 90, gives back change at his Happy Valley newspaper stand on Sing Woo Road.Mr. Mak, 90, folds newspapers at his Happy Valley newspaper stand which he has operated for over 40 years.Mr. Mak, a 90 year old newspaper vendor in Happy Valley waits for his next customer at his kiosk stand that he has operated for over 40 years.
Greetings, I am back in Hong Kong, my home away from home, on a break between tournaments in China. I have been taking care of some overdue business but have been having a bit of fun with my 5D markII. Here’s some images from the past week. I’ll be adding more a bit later. Hope you enjoy!People rush down a lighted staircase in Causeway Bay.
You can still get a haircut for HK$20, about US$ 2.50…..no blow drying required!
Contrast between an old building sandwiched between two modern buildings in Sheung Wan.My sic fahn, or lunch. Some places are very cheap and good value for Hong Kong. This cost me HK$35 which is about US$ 4.50. The meal included chicken and veggies in a bowl of rice, miso soup, kimchi and a diet coke. Yum!
Horse racing is huge in Hong Kong. On Wednesday nights people come out to Happy Valley on Hong Kong island to try their luck and have some fun. I went with my buddy from World Sport Group, Ray Roesell and his friend Tim Mariano. I won about 10USD. Wohoo! In this photo a man looks intensely at his race program getting ready for a new race as others around him consume adult beverages and mingle.
Men check the race board at Happy Valley Race course. After the race my buddies, Ray Roesell (L) and Tim Mariano sit down for some Thai food. Tim was waiting all night for his phone to ring with news on a mega stock deal he was working on. The call never came….Wednesday night horse racing men check out the boards at one of the many Hong Kong Jockey Club betting halls located throughout Hong Kong.
iPhone spotted in Hong Kong!….
…and another iPhone in Hong Kong!
Okay, it’s obvious I ride on the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) a lot…..Two girls seem to be fixated on whatever it might be on her phone.
People catch up on reading and gaming on the MTR.A woman tries to catch some sleep on a busy commute on the MTR
A young boy deep in thought as he rides the MTR.
Riding on the MTR. Hong Kong with about 8 million people sometimes seems like a very lonely place.
Aspiring guitar player Chun Ho and his axes! He’s really learning fast and becoming a good player.
Some Hong Kong girl scouts that I could not resist taking their photo.
A woman picks out flowers at the flower market in Prince Edward. The flower market is famous for it’s many varieties of flowers at very reasonable prices.
A man carries flowers at the flower market in Prince Edward.
Hong Kong is a very vertical city. Here are some housing blocks in Wong Tai Sin.
A man on his way home in Wong Tai Sin.
A man walks to the immigration turnstiles at the border between Hong Kong and China.
Travelers on their way to China from Hong Kong at Lo Wu, the border town.
So I am back in Hong Kong, my home away from home and probably the most exciting city in the whole wide world…at least that is my opinion. The electricity is back now after a few downward years and it reminds me a lot of how things used to be when I first arrived back in late 1992. There is plenty of buzz and money and interest in the former British colony. Seems the Chinese have done something right with this golden egg. I covered a lot of business news press conferences as well as the HK elections for Bloomberg News. Also shooting stories on the Hong Kong pink dolphins, conterfeiting and other features for magazines in the UK with the odd good paying commercial job thrown in. Below are a few images. More to come I am sure. Thanks for stopping by.
(L-R) Bill Chan, HK Economic Times. Many thanks go to him for so much help on the HK election assignment. Me for Bloomberg News. The next two photographers I am sad to say while their faces are familiar I don’t know their names or whom they work for. 2nd from the right is Vincent Yu, AP (really great guy and awesome photog) and then one more familiar face but unknown name and pub. Anyone with names of these guys would be greatly appreciated.
Me on a ladder in front of the background to the stage.
Me with Bloomberg photo editors Nelson Ching and Ellen Chiu after the HK elections. These guys are great to work with and great new friends. People move into the main area to pray during Chinese New Year at Wong Tai Sin Temple.
It’s the job for the man on the right to take out the incense as fast as people can put them in.
A man on the left moves in to put in his incense after praying at the Wong Tai Sin Temple.
A woman holds a handful of incense as she moves with the crowd towards the front of the temple at Wong Tai Sin temple.
People pray in front at the Wong Tai Sin Temple.
A hair salon in Central Hong Kong.
A man waits for customers at his antique shop in Central Hong Kong.A cat in the antique shop with two different coloured eyes, very cool.I guess he/she wasn’t in the mood for a photo.
My buddy Matt Miller in his living room area in his flat (where I stayed this trip) in Discovery Bay on Lantau Island. The rare Chinese White Dolphins aka The Pink Dolphins of Hong Kong swim off the shore of Lantau Island.
A young girl learns early in life to hang on while riding on the MTR (mass transit railway).
Hiya! Sorry for the long delay in posting, but after a successful trip to Hong Kong, Thailand and Japan from February 22nd through March 29th, I am posting some photos. Starting off in Bangkok, Thailand where the weather was warm and pleasent, the food most excellent (more later and where to go for chow and great local music) and the people with their warm smiles and gracious hospitality. I was sent to Bangkok by Getty Images to cover two days of the anti Thaksin Shinawatra demonstrations. Thaksin, the embattled Prime Minister of Thailand has been accused of corruption and abuse of power while in office and hundreds of thousands of people in Thailand have been marching for weeks demanding him to step down. He has called a “snap” election for April 2 when voters in Thailand will go to the polls for what the Prime Minister insists will be a referendum on his leadership. The election however is unlikely to end calls from critics that he resign after weeks of political turmoil. The main opposition parties are boycotting the ballot in protest at what they’ve described as Mr Thaksin’s authoritarian rule. His unpopularity resides mostly in the big cities but in the Thai countryside it’s a different story – with the prime minister enjoying great popularity among rural voters. Here are a few photos from those two days.A man waves the Thai flag during one of the many night protests in Bangkok.A young girl looks on during a protest near the Royal Palace in Bangkok.Two men stand and yell during a protest near the Royal Palace in Bangkok.
A woman carries a portrait of the King as she joins thousands of people marching in the streets of Bangkok.
A young girl watches the events during a protest near the Royal Palace in Bangkok.A man wears a bandana with the word “peaceful” written on it as he takes part in a silent protest in front of Government House in Bangkok, Thailand.
A man with the Thai flag looks on as he takes part in a protest in front of Government House in Bangkok, Thailand.
Sondhi Limthongkul one of the main anti Thaksin leaders greats the crowd during a protest in front of Government House in Bangkok, Thailand.
San Francisco ushered in the Year of the Dog on Sunday January 29, 2006 with prayers, lion dances and firecrackers. This year, 2006, is the Year of the Fire Dog. Based on tradition, the Year of the Dog is a year for reflection and to assess ones values. In the face of disturbances, the dog is known to be always on the lookout, protecting the surroundings. I was on assignment for Getty Images and shot in San Francisco’s Chinatown which I am told has the largest Chinese population in the States. Below are some photos from the day! Firecrackers fill the air with light, smoke and a lot of noise!
Firecrackers fill the air with light, smoke and a lot of noise!A Traditional Lion Dance in Chinatown.
Christine Chau, 6 holds her ears as the lion dancers perform inside a local bank.
People pray at the Quong Ming Buddhist Temple. People Pray at the Quong Ming Buddhist Temple. (L-R) Eddie Poon, 10, his mother Carmen Tam and brother Eric Poon, 6, pray at the Quong Ming Buddhist Temple.
A girl prays at the the Quong Ming Buddhist Temple.
People pray at the the Quong Ming Buddhist Temple.
At the strike of midnight people start to pray at the Ma-Tsu Temple.
It is believed that wearing red during the lunar new year celebrations will bring good luck. A girl prays at the Ma-Tsu Temple.
Praying at midnight a woman welcomes in the New Year at the Ma-Tsu Temple.
A woman picks out some flowers to decorate her home with on the eve of Chinese New Year in Chinatown, San Francisco, California. Celebrated internationally in areas with large populations of ethnic Chinese, Chinese New Year is a major holiday for the Chinese. This year, 2006, is the Year of the Fire Dog. Based on tradition, the Year of the Dog is a year for reflection and to assess ones values. In the face of disturbances, the dog is known to be always on the lookout, protecting the surroundings. Following the characteristic of the dog, the year is expected to see benevolent and idealistic deeds and various unusual changes coming into being. The Fire Dog speaks of a character that is dramatic, ferocious, alluring, motivated by strength of mind, and self- confident. Chinese New Year celebrations involve being with one’s family, from the reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve to the celebration on New Year’s Day when red envelopes known as Lai See or Hung Bau are given to children and unmarried members of the family.