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Clay Street in Chinatown

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 22 January 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

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Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Very authentic looking, it really does look like Hong Kong..?

22 Jan 2009 5:05am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Memories... for me...

22 Jan 2009 6:45am

chrissy from London, United Kingdom

very nice, love all the colours and the way your eye goes down the street, great perspective

22 Jan 2009 8:31am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Since you started posting this latest series of photos I've come to the realisation that there's so much more I need to see of SF. A return visit is looking promising. Maybe this time next year so I can go up to Tahoe for a weeks skiing. Another great well framed photo.

22 Jan 2009 8:49am

@Mike: Keep us posted Mike - we'll try summon the snow spirits to bring extra powder to the mountains - and then put out the welcome mat for you here.

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

I really like the way the sky dominates the image, and how it almost becomes 2-dimensional.

22 Jan 2009 9:53am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

I really like all the colors, and the way the street draws you into the frame! Well done!

22 Jan 2009 10:33am

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great colors in this one. You use that unique ground level perspective that really allows you to capture the entirety of the scene. Well done.

22 Jan 2009 2:51pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

It's wonderful, but where oh where are all the people?

22 Jan 2009 3:20pm

@Lorraine: Hi there, Lorraine - thanks for the comment. It is early. Several of the people are to my right here- doing their morning Tai-Chi. Here is a look:

Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica

Great street shot.

22 Jan 2009 3:47pm

grant from kansas city, United States

such a lively, colorful shot, and i love those parallel wires disappearing into the center.

22 Jan 2009 5:39pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Wonderful shot of a most beautiful city.

22 Jan 2009 7:29pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

I really like the perspective, with the cable car wires stretching into the distance and the buildings running on forever.....

22 Jan 2009 7:34pm

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

nice street scene

22 Jan 2009 7:53pm

melodia from ffm, Germany

good street scene here too! did you change the colors?

22 Jan 2009 8:05pm

@melodia: Thanks so much for the many visits and kind words, melodia. No change in the colors - but the colors were unusual. I was heading to my office on this morning and saw this odd light. I wound up parking and hiking through Chinatown with my camera and tripod for about an hour. It was beautiful.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is a very nice composition. I like the guy walking his dog.

22 Jan 2009 8:35pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks Steve - I saw this pair coming down the sidewalk at my left as I was setting the tripod. I was so happy when he decided they should cross the street. Click.

willow from Chelsea, United States

Hope you didn't have to wait too long in the middle of the street, but I'm glad you waited long enough - the guy and the dog add the perfect touch. The light is wonderful.

23 Jan 2009 12:48am

@willow: I can't say why - I'm always in the middle of the street, the tracks, the stream - I'm attracted into places I probably don't belong.

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Interesting cityscape Stephen... wonderful angle and perspective! Mike asked if this looks like HK. Could be, but that must be the prewar era; most of the low-rise buildings such as these have been demolished and redeveloped since the 70's.:-(
PS. I showed this to my little daughter (who has yet to visit any Chinatown); she got excited and curious why there are so many Chinese characters!:-) Thanks for sharing.

23 Jan 2009 3:01am

@hugo poon: Thank you, Hugo. Your comment leaves me scratching my head at myself. I became aware as I read what you'd written - that I'd fallen into an ancient human trap. We've been communicating for most of a year and pieces of our lives have been revealed through little clues, both photographic and narrative - that work like pieces of a puzzle.

You once posted a photograph of a building from far up - which I believe you said was from your office. So that had me guessing you worked for a corporation - probably in finance.

You shoot much imagery that is solitary and dark - taken at late hours. And there was the image of the lone figure in meditation at the clouded temple. Subconsciously, I began to see you as a lone figure. Quiet. Introspective. So, my model of you was a single man who valued his solitary view and life.

Now you send words and thoughts from your 'young daughter' - and POP - like a bubble, I discover what tricks my mind had played in its poor attempts to define Hugo Poon. I realize I have little idea about who you are - except what I have evidence of. An amazing resident and father in Hong Kong - with a highly developed eye and aesthetic; and an extraordinary ability to both see and show his experience 'in camera'.

Thank you, Hugo - I hope to learn much more about the spirit that is you. And I thank you for this insight into the blindness of 'a little knowledge' with many blanks.

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Dear Stephen - this is another great image - the sky is great and the street scene is perfect - I love the person walking the dog - excellent catch! Makes me want to visit China Town!!

23 Jan 2009 7:10am

@Scott Schilling: We're waiting for you, Scott.

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very good perspective and view.
I like to see all these small houses, the chinese characters and a part of the graffitti.

23 Jan 2009 12:18pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Very interesting perspective! Very colourful image...

23 Jan 2009 11:48pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very nice street view. Not too many people in Clay Street. Do you know why ?

24 Jan 2009 3:48pm

@Calusarus: It is very early - there are a few restaurants open. Several people are in the park to my right practicing Tai Chi. Chinatown gets going slowly. Most of the stores open at 10 AM and stay open late into the evening. Were I to be back here in two hours - this place would be bustling. I certainly wouldn't be able to set my tripod here to take this capture. Thanks for the visit, Calusarus.

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

what an interesting street scene. Using the sky and the convergence of the street makes this so well composed.

24 Jan 2009 5:51pm