November 21, 2013

Summer Evening, Hong Kong

Photograph by Brian Yen, Your Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Shots

A lady fans her skirt on a hot summer night in Wan Chai.

What Makes This a Photo of the Day? The feeling of a summer evening in the city—and the anticipation of a night out—is palpable in this shot. I also really like this Wan Chai denizen's zebra boots. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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23 comments
Shannon T
Shannon T

Why is she wearing such a long skirt and long sleeves on a hot summer night? Plus the extra layer. When I first looked at it I thought it was spring. Lovely shot.

Super Kami
Super Kami

this was a great photo i love the lights in it they are so vibrant

Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar

beautiful photo.... really inspiring........ !!!

Onur Pinar
Onur Pinar

Great capture in many resopects like composition, light and technique!

Zola Haddadi-f
Zola Haddadi-f

I liked the picture, regardless of the other stuff

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

Prostitution is common in the Wan Chai area and whilst this lady of the night may or may not be involved, she certainly exudes the confidence that suggests that the evening belongs to her. She has style and grace that is matched with a wardrobe which would be expensive to maintain.

Apart from the mama-san and the neon sign, the remainder of the city scape is unremarkable. The other residents, the cars, the trees the architecture - nothing catches the eye. Instead of a wondrous night out, I fear that she may end up in bed early with a cup of tea.

Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor / originality = 7/10 zoom lenses  

Steven G.
Steven G.

@J S Disappointing photo of the day. Insulting insinuation by J S. Man, getting the day off on the wrong foot today. 

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

@Steven G. @J S This is the caption that the photographer applied to the original photo: "A mama-san from the hostess bar fans her skirt on a hot summer night in Wan Chai's red light district in Hong Kong."  

I am sorry that you feel that I was insulting. Brian Yen has identified her as a mama-san, and she is working in a notorious area for prostitution.  It may be that she has been misidentified - alternatively, the evidence may support my 'insinuation'.  Either way - you are free to draw your own conclusions.

The photo has merit as it captures a joyful mood.  Joy and beauty are always good ways to start a day.

Brian Yen
Brian Yen

@J S @Steven G. Thank you both for commenting on the image, I recently updated the caption with more details, after my friend who was walking with me at the time reminded me that after I took the shot, she sat down on one of the round stomp on the left.  Something also about Wan Chai is that, although the area have plenty of hostess bars, but it's also intermingled with equally numerous none sexually oriented businesses.  So, she could very well be on her way to a wondrous night out.  Amazing how the words in a caption can change the flavor of an image.  So, interpret it any way you like it, like what they say in a cook book, just salt to taste.

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