I went to Hong Kong this year for a week trip. The idea was to stay in HK and also visit Macau (former Portuguese Colony). Since I started in the street photography genre (almost 7 years ago), I always wanted to go to Hong Kong, mainly due to the great photos I had seen taken in those streets. It’s a bit like Paris, you see great pictures from Bresson, Gautrand, Atget, Brassai (among others), and you just want to go there. To take your slice of the beauty, to be part. It was the same with HK for me. The difference was that the photos that drawn me to HK were not taken by “the great classic photographers”, this were contemporary photos taken by amateur streetphotographers that posts on flickr, 500px, etc. I will not mention anyone. They are a lot, and thats not the point. The point is that there are strong “photography culture” in HK, easily seen by the number of photography related stores, I’ve never seen so many in the same place. There’s that, I if you are in photography, you must go to HK.
So I’m going to HK, what equipment should I bring? The Leica M9, and maybe the MP to shoot some film was the obvious answer. It’s the system that I’m most used to. I’ve been using the Leica M system for about 6 years now almost exclusively for my street photography. But against all common sense I decide to go with the Fuji X system. I knew that HK was going to be intense, fast paced and maybe the AF would give me an edge. That and the fact, that I really wanted to put Fuji up for a real test in the field of street photography, and what a better place to do that than HK?