(Leica D-Lux 5)
In a fast-changing city like Hong Kong, what is quintessential about the place hinges on the period in which one was brought up. To me, it is the typical street scene where gigantic signboards protrude from elsewhere and hanging overhead. I was naturally drawn to the scene as I felt it right a part of my past. And I injected my feelings in doing the shot in a way that I fully pressed the shutter release only when the elements fell into the right places in my eyes as I might have somehow seen it at a certain point of time in my youth. Just as any other form of art, photography is an art that demands an input of the creator's feelings. Without true feelings, the work is dead no matter how good it may look technically. In a not so extreme case, even an defocused image like this (I was feeling the uncomfy closeness between me and other communters in the underground) and this (the photographer took a quick shot before going out for some Chirstmas shots - copyrighted to Anna Maria) can be more captivating than otherwise if it successfully holds the creator's true feelings.