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.
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.
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.
My colleague and friend Philippe Lopez, who is AFP’s photographer for Hong Kong, asked me to shoot some pics to illustrate a story about a court case challenging Hong Kong’s immigration laws, which particularly affect foreign domestic helpers, who do not currently gain the right of abode after having been based in Hong Kong for the usual requirement of seven years for non domestic helper expatriate workers.
A couple of papers and websites picked up the story, but we both got published in the article below, which for me is a bit of an honour You can also check out some of Philippe’s work at his AFP Portfolio and at his personal website www.lighteracy.com.