Stripe Living

By: Gustav Hoiland

Apr 09 2010

Category: china

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Focal Length:40mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Near the Chai Wan Stop

Oh wonderful Hong Kong. It wasn’t until I was scrounging the image for a title that I realized it’s all really about stripes here. I noticed the two big bold yellow stripes seen on the left but didn’t think much beyond it. But! Look at all the stripes! Every building here is striped out. The railings on the yellow are striped. The scaffolding on the background towers are … stripey.

I realize it’s a bit dark overall, but I think it’s best like that. The cars are reduced to their little gray rooftops. The background demands close inspection to see the detail, which certainly isn’t seen at a faraway glance. Also, the lights are very much emphasized. The building on the way right is nice and bright. The whole left side actually, in that front building and the tops of the buildings behind are all escaping the shadows cast by such density.

The vanishing point stuff is also working for me here. Everything up front looks to be busy busy busy, yet within a structure of pattern. As your eye is drawn further in, that gets ramped up, ending in the scaffolded mess of the homes of thousands, rising up from the dark.

Love the Hong Kong. Love it.

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