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kowloon hong kong

away from home

" A tourist is a traveller who travels for pleasure. Most travel photographers, unless they are professionals, are simply tourists with cameras.
Wherever we may go, we find other tourists there as well. They come from all over the world. Their pleasures were no different.
They wanted to see, learn, discover, and enjoy unfamiliar scenes, people, and places.
Most serious travel photographers will go to great lengths to avoid getting stray tourists into their images.
However there are times where tourists themselves can make the picture work for us. Instead of avoiding pictures that include tourists,
why not make evocative images involving tourism itself? There can be a world of photographic opportunity in such subject matter.
Tourism can be as rich in human values and incongruity as any other subject, and can become as abstract as we choose to make it. "

~ Extracted from Gallery Thirty Four: Photographing the tourist in all of us, by Phil Douglis, our great pbase mentor ~

Here is one of my few humble attempts… Have a wonderful weekend, everyone :-)

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Guest 07-Feb-2007 19:00
very nice contrasts -- and I love his outfit
sebas veldhuisen23-Nov-2006 07:35
Agree with many of the comments below. This man has such a good pose like he is very much aware of your presence.
Chris Sofopoulos08-Aug-2006 18:02
Beautiful words from Phil and beautiful image, Ai Li.
It reminds me something from a film.
nomada08-Aug-2006 16:12
Fantastic image!
Guest 08-Aug-2006 08:48
Wonderful capture, your candids are outstanding, vote.
Peter Eklöf28-Jul-2006 09:13
great one
JSWaters26-Jul-2006 15:49
He's dressed just so to present his best side to a city presenting her best as well. They are ready for each other. They each may discover flaws in the other, covered by the finery, but for now they'll enjoy what they can.
Ray Rebortira26-Jul-2006 03:34
"It's Hard Out Here for a .....a...." What is that Oscar winning song again?
Guest 26-Jul-2006 00:29
Guest 25-Jul-2006 22:06
Brill Al..the clarity is sublime.
The dogtooth pattern on his jacket seems to repeat the distant windows of the city..
Bloody smashing!
Marisa Livet25-Jul-2006 13:10
Splendid, technically perfect and full of mood.
Guest 25-Jul-2006 06:21
Good shot! Almost a man sitting in front of a wall painting.
Phil Douglis25-Jul-2006 02:00
I am honored by this caption, AL -- and by the image as well. You offer here a perfect example of what I am suggesting in your quote. You evoke an expression of loneliness -- he keeps company with but a railing, while the teeming city across the harbor seems far beyond his reach. He is all dressed up with no place to go. Tourists have feelings, too, and you express them well here, AL.
Guest 24-Jul-2006 20:59
i bet he felt it, but that look gave the shot a totally different meaning, superb capture AL ,the background is perfect too,
Guest 24-Jul-2006 15:34
Really like this one - a strong story-telling component. Has a cold feeling to it, but in a good way. Very compelling. Vote.
Galina Stepanova24-Jul-2006 15:21
You are doing well with 'travel photography', Ai Li.
The way you composed the view is more sensitive, more artistic, more personal that just a tourist shot, and therefore, more valuable.
Sheila24-Jul-2006 03:21
This is extraordinary. Superb.
It looks as though the man is sat in front of a giant poster. It looks as though he may have just noticed you.
Guest 23-Jul-2006 01:14
Guest 22-Jul-2006 10:16
One of those photos that will always be one of your best!
Congratulations - voted!
Guest 22-Jul-2006 09:29
Love it. Without question one of the best shots in this gallery.
Guest 22-Jul-2006 01:50
Great image - it's also hard to believe how large those signs are on top of the buildings
Kathy Pedersen22-Jul-2006 01:04
This image has a wonderful 3D effect, a very effective shot!!! Vote
Guest 22-Jul-2006 00:09
Superb, indeed! V.
Guest 21-Jul-2006 21:27
Just superb. V
Guest 21-Jul-2006 21:18
I love how his arms are outstretche like that and that background is just perfection.
Bravo,Ai Li. V
fred_il21-Jul-2006 20:52
Sharon Rogers21-Jul-2006 20:41
Super image. v>
Doug Kessler21-Jul-2006 19:55
Easily one of the best in this already fine gallery! V
Craig Persel21-Jul-2006 19:48
Awesome! Vote.
Guest 21-Jul-2006 18:50
Superb contrast and clarity. This image is technically excellent, but also very interting thanks to the timing, and this tourist who is maybe feeling your presence in the back. Excellent shot, Voted.
Antonis Sarantos21-Jul-2006 17:42
Awesome image, perfect in every aspect!!!
Guest 21-Jul-2006 17:38
One of the most excellent additions in this wonderful gallery :)V.... I can only agree about Phil Douglis...
Rob Rosetti21-Jul-2006 16:27
Wonderful! High-key bakground, in contrast with the coloured boy. Excellent! Roberto
Stu21-Jul-2006 15:40
I like the colour contrast between the man and the water. It's almost as if we are looking at the split-second in between him enjoying the view and realising he is having his photo taken. Very cool!
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