Shops on Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, 9 October 2004
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Until October 2004 all photos in this archive were produced with a 35mm film camera. The main camera employed was a Leica Minilux, which has a 40mm lens. Since I was committed to taking photos every day from the beginning of 1995 to the beginning of 2000 I needed to use a camera that was portable enough to carry with me in the course of my everyday life, although from January 2003 (in a period when I was taking photos less intensively) my main camera was a Leica M7. It was only from October 2004 onwards that I started to use digital cameras, although I continued to use a film camera occasionally till 2007. This persistence with 35mm film till 2004 was to enable a continuity with my earlier work from the beginning of 1995 onwards which was produced before portable digital cameras were a realistic option. It was only after I shifted to digital cameras that I also began exploring colour photography in my documentary work (with few exceptions - such as images taken with a medium format camera - I had only used colour in other artistic projects such as those employing Polaroid). When I first started using digital photography my primary camera was a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2O, which has a Leica lens with optical zoom equivalent to a 35-mm camera with a range of 36-432 mm. This photo was taken with that camera. A few images taken between August and September 2005 were from a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC7O, which has a Leica lens with optical zoom between 35 and 105 mm (35-mm equivalent). Later images were taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 and subsequently the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1. From 13 December 2014 onwards the most common camera being used for this project is a Sony a7 II.

This photo was used on the cover of my second photo book, Hong Kong x 24 x 365: A Year in the Life of a City (Hong Kong University Press, 2007).

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