Visit to F11 Foto Museum, and Dinner with Andreas & Mrs Kauffman

I'm very grateful to Leica and Douglas So for inviting me, Huang Jing, Mark Liu, and a few other photographers and enthusiasts to visit Douglas' F11 photography museum and his upcoming new project in Hong Kong yesterday. We also had the opportunity to chat with Leica Chairman Dr Andreas and Mrs Kauffman over dinner. For photography enthusiasts, F11 is a must-see! It is a beautifully restored 5-storey heritage building in Happy Valley housing an incredible collection of vintage cameras, photography books, and prints. The current exhibition is of Werner Bischof's work in Hong Kong in the 1950's. Douglas’ new project nearby is even more impressive! Since it is still a work-in-progress (he plans to open later this year) I will only share a few images of parts of the amazing interior design already circulating on the Internet, perhaps to act as teasers! Suffice to say, I believe it will address the needs of photography enthusiasts at the very highest end of the market, not just for Hong Kong, but also for mainland China and Asia! Thank you Douglas and Leica Asia/China (Jane Cui and Siegmund Sudek)!

F11 Foto Museum
11 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong

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Rainy Weekend Visit to Tai O Fishing Village

Last Saturday we decided to make the best of a wet (and very cold) day by visiting a place that we'd never been before - Tai O Fishing Village on Lantau Island. From the Ferry Terminal in Central (Pier 6) it takes about 20 minutes to get to Mui Wo on the island (via the "Fast" Ferry), and then it's another 30 minutes or so to Tai O, by bus.

While not large (you can probably walk from one end of the village to the other, as the crow flies, in about 15 minutes), one could spend an entire day here, as it is laid out as a small maze of interconnected streets and what look like temporary lanes, filled with many small retail shops and an even larger number of street food stores, which seem to be what most of the local visitors to Tai O come for. Be prepared therefore for long queues for the "best" waffle shop in the village, or the "best" donut shop, or the "best" omelette shop, etc.

To be brutally honest, we found most of the above food items mediocre at best, but I suppose if you wait 15 minutes for anything it tastes pretty good by default!

The one thing we did enjoy (or at least I did) was the barbecued dried seafood items, especially the drilled (dried) puffer fish.

In line with this theme of dried seafood items, there are many, many stores here that sell the countless varieties of this - dried oysters, dried scallops, dried fish bladders, dried fish skin, etc, etc ad nauseam.  Prices are frankly not much cheaper (if at all) than at the stores in Wanchai, but there is certainly a much larger range of items.

I think what we found most interesting was the opportunity to observe the local residents going about their regular activities - one of the most common of which were the mahjong games that one can observe through many of the open doorways.

All in all we thought it was an interesting outing, and we'll probably visit again sometime soon, perhaps when the weather gets better!

My "Neon Taxi" Photo in LFI!

For more than 60 years, Leica Fotografie International, or LFI, has been THE independent magazine for the Leica world. I’m therefore absolutely delighted and honored that the newest issue (2/2017) features one of my photos as a double-page spread. Coincidentally, this issue also introduces Leica’s newest digital rangefinder camera, the fantastic M10, which I tested during my recent trip to India. The photo is my “Neon Taxi” from July last year, with which I tried to capture as many iconic elements of Hong Kong as possible within a single frame, and while keeping one of my favorites movies, Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner, in mind. This photo was one of the first in my current general goal, of trying to achieve the retinal impact of monochrome images, but in color, with a combination of in-camera and development techniques. I’m still working on it, so am grateful for the ongoing advice from my friend and mentor Patrick Zachmann, and also the support of Leica China. I also want to acknowledge the original location recommendation from Cheng Wai Hok of Meteor HK. If you enjoy photography, do pick up a copy - this issue also has great features from some of my own favorite photographers out there today: Giovanni Del Brenna, Fulvio Bugani, Tomeu Coll, William Daniels, Jo Fischer, Zachary Roberts, Matt Stuart, and Ed van der Elsken. I’m honored to be in the same publication as them, if only with a single image this time! Thanks Carol!

Happy Valentines Day!

I wanted to use a recent photo to mark today's celebration of love, but somehow this one from last year kept coming into my mind. This couple was hugging each other so passionately that they were oblivious to everything around them. I will never know if they were about to be separated or if they had just come back to each other... Of course I hope it was the latter. Happy Valentine's Day everyone

"Valentine's Day on the Train". ”地铁上的情人节”。"День Святого Валентина в поезде." © Jon She 2016.

"Valentine's Day on the Train". ”地铁上的情人节”。"День Святого Валентина в поезде." © Jon She 2016.