Shooting the Hungry Ghost Festival in Hong Kong, made me face some challenges that I had never encountered before. As mentioned in previous blog, to some tradition belief, it might have been rude for some Chinese people for me to take pictures of god statues, especially when they were seting up fire on the roadside and making offerings to the gods and ghosts.
In the festival, I also went inside the backstage of the Chinese theatre. It took me some guts to ask the people to go inside the backstage. Though people are generally kind for letting me in, I still feel pressure and have to practise to communicate to the people I'm shooting.
The last thing I think is not easy is shooting the statue of the god in above picture. The god in quite iconic to the festival and made me feel like I could not miss it. However, this statue might have at least 10m tall. It is not easy, then, to associate any meaningful forground to make the picture. I had been shooting the festival for about 3 nights of time, spent some good amount of time sitting on the floor await for the right people to pass by.
But it still too tall to both get the worshiper and the face of the statue and I could love it to. At last I just get close to the incenses. That was burnung below and took the shot. I think the picutre quite good, nontheless could be better with worshiper in the foreground. All in all, the shoot is a good experience anyway.
It's Hungry Ghost Festival in Hong Kong this month, a year long anticipated event for me to do a photo series on the street. I do most enjoy taking pictures of these local cultural events. I think they are special and full of HongKongness.
I will admit it is quite so hard to document the scene when people worship. To some of the traditional beliefs, it is rude to take pictures of the god and ghost enities. It is the reason preventing these extraordinary scenes in HK for the last few years.
As I was wandering a public estate near Tsuen Wan, I found a few places where people burn "hell money" to the ghosts. I did not start shooting until I found a larger group of gatherers who looks more friendly. I stood there observing the scene for a few mintues, looking for the best angle, and slowly started clicking.
The group performing the ritual was surely aware of me. They looked at me for a sec or two, and keep on doing their worshiping. I took a few shots and stepped in closer. When I think they accept my present, I kept pressing the shutter for a good ten mintues, stayed low to get a better foreground until I took this picture.
Now, I still feel nervous for the process. But I also felt more confident in doing stuffs like this.
15th Jan ,2015
Sunset in Tsuen Wan.
Children playing on a Merry-Go-Around in a carnival in Hong Kong's Central.
Parents and children enjoy cotton candy in a carnival.
Couples taking selfies in front of staged background in a carnival.
Construction Site near Hong Kong West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade, where the Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) is currently under construction. The controversial railroad project expected to connect Hong Kong to mainland China in 2017.
A group of youths practice their parkour skills at dusk in Hong Kong's Freespace Fest, 22th Nov, 2014. Freespace Fest is an outdoor arts festival located at West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade.
Man take selfies with a performer who wear a monster costume in Hong Kong's Freespace Fest, 22th Nov, 2014. Freespace Fest is an outdoor arts festival located at West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade.
Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Asia Women Beach Handball Championship final match.
Thailand vs China.