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Hong Kong …

I was lucky to piggy-back on my partner’s work trip to Hong Kong and as he has a few days free, we explored the island, Kowloon and the New Territories. Always looking for photographic opportunities we still managed to fit in relaxing massages and some truly wonderful meals. It’s the first time I’ve really enjoyed dumplings!

My last trip to Hong Kong was over ten years ago and the construction activity that has gone on since (and still goes on) is phenomenal. Buildings just seem to pop up everywhere and in the smallest of spaces.

Our train journey to the Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls took us through small towns and villages; I had somehow been expecting vast swathes of farmland. The falls themselves were disappointing as there was little water so in one sense it was a long journey for nothing – yet no trip into the unknown is ever a waste of time. The National Park was lovely – cool and calming and I could see why so many people spend their days-off there, picnicking and relaxing with family.

It was really hot, sticky and as ever, extremely busy and vibrant. We were there just before the protests began in earnest and although a small part of me wishes I’d been there to record the crowds of protestors at such an historic time, the rest of me was glad just to have a holiday!

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It’s been a while …

Life has overtaken me and I haven’t had the space or inclination to take many photographs recently. But travels with my camera continue soon; this week I fly to Cape Town to work with a nonprofit through Momenta’s “Project South Africa 2013 – Photography as a Force of Change“. At this stage I don’t know what organisation I’ll be paired with, but the purpose is two-fold: providing free photography services to a small not-for-profit for two weeks while being coached by photojournalist Jamie Rose. It’s an exciting challenge – an opportunity to help a group who would otherwise be unable to afford a photographer and a chance for me to learn more about story-telling through imagery.  More on this later …

To get my photographic motor running again, I joined a street photography workshop with Laura Pannack, a young award winning photographer whose approach to her subjects is truthful and genuine. I still balk at approaching people in the street but made an effort to spend time with the strangers I encountered. Fewer images resulted, but the experience was rewarding through the brief connections made: a couple down on the front enjoying ice-cream on a pretty chilly day, a man and his dog on a weekend away in his camper-van and a worker taking a well-earned break with an extremely large cigar!

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