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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”

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.

Hong Kong court hears maid residency case

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.

Migrant workers gather for prayers on their day off in Hong Kong.

Migrant workers gather for prayers on their day off in Hong Kong.

Sai Wan Ho

It’s quite rare to be able to be able to have lunch with your friends on an open terrace facing the sea in Hong Kong. Tapeo in Sai Wan Ho offers great food and a relaxing view, if your eyes are missing a bit of long distance viewing.