Photo coverage on quiet days

I’ve been on coverage the past two days and there’s been nothing happening at all. Apart from a a Chinese vase which sold for 15 million USD which I covered today, but that’s literally it. Always find days like this quite a challenge because I like to make the most of being on coverage, but with nothing happening it’s quite hard to just go out and find some pics that are worthy of being filed for the wire. I took the Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui to try get something and came back with a few shots. I find them a bit too snappy for the wire, but quite like them at the same time. I chose not to send them in the end but will sleep on it and have another look and decide in the morning.

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 ages to just get the first photo here! Anyway, here are some that I filed – apart from the last one, which I felt a bit too loud 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

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'

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

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

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.

Andrew Cromeek aka Edward Snowden

US school teacher Andrew Cromeek who plays Edward Snowden in "Verax", the first film on the fugitive US intelligence leaker, poses in Hong Kong on July 2, 2013.  Four amateur filmmakers in Hong Kong have beaten Hollywood to the draw by producing the first film on Edward Snowden, a five-minute thriller depicting the nail-biting intrigue surrounding the intelligence leaker when he was hiding in the city.  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

US school teacher Andrew Cromeek who plays Edward Snowden in “Verax”, the first film on the fugitive US intelligence leaker, poses in Hong Kong on July 2, 2013. Four amateur filmmakers in Hong Kong have beaten Hollywood to the draw by producing the first film on Edward Snowden, a five-minute thriller depicting the nail-biting intrigue surrounding the intelligence leaker when he was hiding in the city. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

I had a great time taking this and some other portraits of Andrew Cromeek and wanted to illustrate a Snowden’esque scenario with a Hong Kong building backdrop, my work one, at night. Having a laugh with Andrew in the process of making this pic brought home the fact that Edward Snowden has become a larger than life character but the thing we – or maybe just me – tend to forget in this romantic story of wanted fugitive, some would say hero, is that he’s also in many ways just a normal guy, probably very scared while currently residing in a Moscow airport contemplating his future and missing his family and friends.

You can follow Edward Snowden’s Twitter updates at this link.

“The Sum of all Evil”

A visitor takes a picture of "The Sum of all Evil" by British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, which showcases innumerous miniature Nazis soldiers in various states of diabolical torment, at Hong Kong's White Cube gallery on May 21, 2013,  at the sidelines of Art Basel in Hong Kong.

A visitor takes a picture of “The Sum of all Evil” by British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, which showcases innumerous miniature Nazis soldiers in various states of diabolical torment, at Hong Kong’s White Cube gallery, at the sidelines of Art Basel.

Tsim Sha Tsiu promenade in Hong Kong

Chinese tourist (L) uses his mobile phone to show his girlfriend a picture of a portrait in progress of her being drawn by a street artist on a harbour promenade in Hong Kong

A Chinese tourist (L) uses his mobile phone to show his girlfriend a picture of a portrait in progress of her being drawn by a street artist on a harbour promenade in Hong Kong

 A Chinese woman poses for photos on a promenade along Victoria harbour, in front of the Hong Kong skyline.

A Chinese woman poses for photos on a promenade along Victoria harbour, in front of the Hong Kong skyline.

Chinese tourists queue for a ferry on a promenade along Victoria harbour, in front of the Hong Kong skyline.

Chinese tourists queue for a ferry on a promenade along Victoria harbour, in front of the Hong Kong skyline.