Every day there’s something to see in Sheung Wan. All of these shots are from today, all taken with the Fuji X10.
First for today, this gentleman standing across the street from the Wing On Department store. He had a loudspeaker playing a tape, a few words in Cantonese, over and over and over again, while he stood there holding this sign and staring at the people walking by, most of whom were trying their hardest to pretend he didn’t exist. I must say, I like #3 on his sign.
A construction worker taking a break at the cleverly named Cleverly Street Sitting Area. I had the lens as wide as it would go, pointed in his general direction hoping he wouldn’t see me and change his pose. It meant a significant crop but I’m still happy with the result.
This is my buddy Ah-Sun, aka Anson. Every day he sits at the counter in his shop looking out over Mercer Street. He knows everyone and everyone knows him. As near as I can figure it, he has lived all over the world and worked every job imaginable. Now his specialty is selling loose tobacco, papers and filters to the old timers and young hipsters in Sheung Wan. He has a pet snake. I’ve seen the videos.
So I’m standing there talking to Anson, as I do every day. I look over and there’s a butterfly sitting on the counter. I quickly pull the lens cap off my camera and turn it on and this guy comes by. The butterfly leaves the counter, flies up to his hat, and just stays there. I’m taking pictures of this. Anson has pulled out his phone and is taking pictures. He shows the picture to the guy. The guy knows already. As near as I can figure it, this is his pet butterfly and he is taking it for a walk. He walks off, the butterfly remains on his hat.
I’m telling you, every day there’s something to see in Sheung Wan.