Art Basel comes to Hong Kong

I thought it was going to be pretty straight forward shooting Art Basel because Philippe made it seem so easy when he went there to shoot some pics before our colleague’s leaving drinks party. He filed 8 photos within an hour of deciding that he would go before the drinks and not during them. They were all damn good as usual. It took me half the time it took him to get eight just get the first one here! Anyway, here are some that I filed – apart from the last one, which I felt a bit too in your face for the wire. I quite like it though and kinda wish I had sent it to the desk now. That’s fine though – I guess you should listen to yourself if you’re doubting whether or not to send a picture.

A visitor peers into US artist John Baldessari's "Beethoven's Trumpet (With Ear) Opus # 133"

A visitor peers into US artist John Baldessari’s “Beethoven’s Trumpet (With Ear) Opus # 133″

A visitor looks at works by US/Cuban artist Felix Gonzalez Torres

A visitor looks at works by US/Cuban artist Felix Gonzalez Torres

Visitors crowd around Australian artist Sam Jinks' "Untitled (Kneeling Woman)"

Visitors crowd around Australian artist Sam Jinks’ “Untitled (Kneeling Woman)”

A visitor looks at her reflection in an untitled creation by Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor

A visitor looks at her reflection in an untitled creation by Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor

A visitor drinks a galss of wine in front of Chinese artist Xu Zhen's "Light Source - The Origin of the World"

A visitor drinks a glass of wine in front of Chinese artist Xu Zhen’s “Light Source – The Origin of the World”

Photo in Daily Telegraph pictures of the day selection

It was a busy Sunday morning at Art Basel, so I had to wait over 30 minutes for someone to lean into this sculpture and then for no-one to to walk past at the same time and spoil the frame. Many people passed by and leaned in quickly but then I’d notice another person just coming into the frame or someone walking out. Two people stood in front of the camera chatting for a few mins while another person leaned in, followed by a huge crowd of people passing by…

Well it worked out in the end. I guess most pictures do if you have the patience and wait long enough. What looks like a quiet peaceful moment lasted only a few seconds before the man in the photo walked off again, so I’m glad I was already holding the camera up and not looking away. Nice surprise to see it in the Daily Telegraph’s pictures of the day feed today.

Taken on Canon 5D III with my favourite lens, the 50mm f1.2.

Walking around town

I was meant to go shoot a portrait of a guy we are doing a story on, but it got cancelled at the last minute so I took some snaps around Sham Shui Po in Kowloon before heading back to HK side to get my ferry. Most were taken with my 50mm f1.2 lens, which I’m loving at the moment. Not easy to get the focus with it due to the massive lens motor, but it makes you slow down when shooting, which can only be a good thing at a time when everything seems to be so rushed.

A photographic vendor testis a camera at his street stall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

A street camera vendor tests an slr at his stall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

Customers browse items at a hardware street stall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

Customers browse items at a hardware street stall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

A vendor sits at her street stall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

A vendor sits at her street stall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

Customers eat noodles bought from a nearby street stall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

Customers eat noodles bought from a nearby street stall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

A passenger looking out of a minibus window in the Central district of Hong Kong.

A passenger looking out of a minibus window in the Central district of Hong Kong.

A pedestrian walks on a promenade that runs along Victoria harbour in Hong Kong

A pedestrian walks on a promenade that runs along Victoria harbour in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s first inner city ultra marathon

Competitors start a relay race along the same course as Hong Kong's first inner city ultra marathon on March 1, 2015.

Competitors start a relay race along the same course as Hong Kong’s first inner city ultra marathon on March 1, 2015.

Competitors run in Hong Kong's first inner city ultra marathon on March 1, 2015.

Competitors run in Hong Kong’s first inner city ultra marathon on March 1, 2015.

Competitors run in Hong Kong's first inner city ultra marathon on March 1, 2015.

Competitors run in Hong Kong’s first inner city ultra marathon on March 1, 2015.

Competitors run through an underpass during Hong Kong's first inner city ultra marathon on March 1, 2015.

Competitors run through an underpass during Hong Kong’s first inner city ultra marathon on March 1, 2015.

Competitors (R) run through an underpass as a local taxi drives in the opposite lane during Hong Kong's first inner city ultra marathon on March 1, 2015.

Competitors (R) run through an underpass as a local taxi drives in the opposite lane during Hong Kong’s first inner city ultra marathon on March 1, 2015.

Protests against apparent parallel traders near the HK / China border

A member of the Civic Passion group looks on as he and other members attend an anti-parallel trading protest in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on March 1, 2015.

A member of the Civic Passion group looks on as he and other members attend an anti-parallel trading protest in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on March 1, 2015.

A police officer (L) warns a protester with his pepper spray canister (C) during an anti-parallel trading protest in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on March 1, 2015.

A police officer (L) warns a protester with his pepper spray canister (C) during an anti-parallel trading protest in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on March 1, 2015.

Protesters and members of the media react after being pepper sprayed by police during an anti-parallel trading protest in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on March 1, 2015.

Protesters and members of the media react after being pepper sprayed by police during an anti-parallel trading protest in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on March 1, 2015.

Commuters (top) look on from their tram as they drive past scuffles taking place in a main road during an anti-parallel trading protest in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on March 1, 2015.

Commuters (top) look on from their tram as they drive past scuffles taking place in a main road during an anti-parallel trading protest in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on March 1, 2015.

A police officer (L) reacts after being pepper sprayed when colleagues came to his aid when he was surrounded and attacked by protesters on the sidelines of an anti-parallel trading protest in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on March 1, 2015.

A police officer (L) reacts after being pepper sprayed when colleagues came to his aid when he was surrounded and attacked by protesters on the sidelines of an anti-parallel trading protest in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on March 1, 2015.

Security (in orange) attempt to keep protesters and bystanders off a main road during an anti-parallel trading protest in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on March 1, 2015.

Security (in orange) attempt to keep protesters and bystanders off a main road during an anti-parallel trading protest in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on March 1, 2015.

Members of the Civic Passion group hold flags as they attend an anti-parallel trading protest in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on March 1, 2015.

Members of the Civic Passion group hold flags as they attend an anti-parallel trading protest in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on March 1, 2015.

Tunnel of love

A couple pose for wedding photographs in a tunnel usually busy with traffic, leading to a main road occupied by pro-democracy protestors in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on October 11, 2014. A Hong Kong pro-government group said Saturday demonstrators occupying main roads to protest for full democracy would find themselves surrounded if the city's administration failed to clear the barricades. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A couple pose for wedding photographs in a tunnel usually busy with traffic, leading to a main road occupied by pro-democracy protestors in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on October 11, 2014. A Hong Kong pro-government group said Saturday demonstrators occupying main roads to protest for full democracy would find themselves surrounded if the city’s administration failed to clear the barricades. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE