After walking from Tsim Sha Tsui and catching the MTR to Nam Cheong station, and walked the short distance to the Sham Shui Po area of the city, where we'd find the famous Apliu Street Market. This flea market is known for selling everything from well used power tools, to small antiques, jewellery and even brand new computer parts.
Coming from a small town in the south west of England, an area known for it's farmland and simple way of life, I felt like a fish out of water in central Hong Kong. I'm not a lover of crowded areas generally (why did I go to Hong Kong then, I hear you ask), even more so in a crowded area on the other side of the world where virtually every aspect of life is different. I wanted to get some nice street photos of the market sellers and their stalls, but was a little apprehensive to what reaction my actions would receive.
Using my Voigtlander Bessa R3A and small 40mm f/1.4 Nokton lens was a good choice for the day, as the camera is small, discreet and very quiet to use. I needn't have worried though, as most people simply ignored me or looked away when they saw the camera, if they even noticed me at all. I was able to walk around the market for some time taking photos to my hearts content, without any real reaction from the locals whatsoever.
My aim was to capture photographs of people in the market, especially those that were sat amongst their stalls inspecting goods, talking to customers, or simply reading a newspaper etc. Although the slightly wider 40mm focal length was great for getting a lot of the scene in, I would really have loved to be using a 75 or even 90mm focal length, which the R3A has frame lines for. Unfortunately I've not had the camera for long so have not managed to pick up a longer lens (or save up for one!).
Overall I really enjoyed our walk around the market, and am very pleased with the resulting photographs. If you have any comments then, as usual, please feel free to post away. Thanks for reading.
- Carl -