Walking up a flight of stairs, the author was called upon by the fainting sound deep down the heart, "Go over under the shade. Take a breather" There the author looked at the world from a different viewpoint that soothed the heart. When we really listen to our heart, we see the world in the way that is really matters to us, and we do images which we may have never thought of doing.
The two Chinese characters say, "price hike" which vividly summaries the society's general feelings about the increasingly heavy costs of living. The empty gaze with a suppressed look of anger adds a explanatory footnote to that general feelings. On the technical points, the two top-corner curves were deliberately included to echo the curve of the shaved head. Most importantly, this is to give the image three vents so that the viewers' eye and mind are led to beyond the image itself to imagine their own conclusion. By this composition, the final image also looks less stiff and more flowing.
The first image of light trails the author came across was on a slide shot by an old English gentleman through the window of the plane flying in to the now defunct Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport, then one of the ten most perilous airports in the world. That shot done some forty years ago was shown to the author two scores of years later. There is nothing technically difficult for such a shot. All the photographer has to do is to find a scene with a really pitch-dark background and drag the shutter speed. The light-source subject can be a hand-held or environmental one. If you use a human secondary subject in the foreground, you will need to fire the flash. But mark that the aperture can't be set to so high a number (be narrowed down) that the emitted flash light fails to reach the secondary subject. If there is one thing this image can be associated with with the movie Super 8, it may be the sci-fi atmosphere to the image. Super 8 can be taken as a sequel of E.T. …
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