By: Gustav Hoiland

May 30 2010

Category: china, ocean travel

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Focal Length:135mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

From the Mountains

Hong Kong doesn’t do manufacturing. Traditionally, they just bought cheap from China sold it at a markup to the Western world. Or they just managed the logistics of trade. Two things – they became very rich (seen in mid-ground: big luxury high rises) and got very busy sea traffic (seen in background: big container ships, small container ships, bulk carriers, smaller vessels…).

So I like this image because it captures both of these qualities of Hong Kong. The question I have concerns the vantage point. There’s a certain amount of distance from what’s seen. It is perhaps the separation between Hong Kong local and the tourist who sees from afar. What is missed then? What subtleties or invisible forces aren’t seen by the person who sees only what’s in front of himself?

Note the color of everything here. It’s dark, it’s muddied from all of the haze/smog, and besides the blue of the ocean there’s just faint pieces of green in the scaffolding and the trees at bottom center. I also threw in some lens vignetting to make the container ships at center pop a bit more.

That blue Maersk ship looks to be a bit smaller than the vessel I took from LA to this lovely island.

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