Reading Response: Michel De Certeau

The city is always changing. When we look at films in different period of time, people have changed their ways of living as the architectures were experiencing a modern movement. In the past, residents were not afraid to show part of their daily life to neighbours. In movie Rare Window (1954), neighbours could see each other’s activity through window. There was a shared courtyard that provides a collective space for human interaction. This reminds me of a traditional living style that could still be seen in Hong Kong. In Lai Chi Wo village, there is a common drainage set in front

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Field trip 2: Central Escalator

The central escalator is full of visual additions, including decorations, signs, advertisements and so on. It shows a complex but amazing mixture of escalator, visual additions and thousands of users. 1. .  No-Smoking Sign /Isolation/differentiation of speeds differentiations of speed The no-smoking signs are in different forms and everywhere. However, once these signs became a part of the environment, passengers would always choose to ignore them. Using the close up shots can help to signify the existence of these signs, since the amounts of them is not match for the attention people paid on it. And the differentiation  of speeds between

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Fieldwork 1: Market Streets

Perspective The lake of ambition reveals only the light and the dark of possibilities but never its depth. Focus Illusion alters our reality, alters our perception, and ultimately our fate. Seriality “Solitude is a chosen separation for refining your soul. Isolation is what your crave when you neglect the first.” – Wayne Cordeiro Zoom Do numbers qualify our soul, or quantify our shell? First-person perspective In this mockery of “education”,  the deeper it gets, the wider the lie. Wide-angle Only one of the many would see a beam of light rather than a wall of height. Skewed angle Why do

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Alleyways in Jordan and Mongkok

Wide-angle: There are multiple activities happened in this alleyway which located near Pak Cheung Building. Zoom:This is a “table” in the alleyway to place some tools for the small fabrication workshop across. Focus: The ruler on the “table”. Crop: The “table” crop into the view when taking photos of the alleyway. Bird’s eye: Bird’s eye to show part of the layout of the alleyway. Worm’s eye:  From worm’s eye to see the alleyway is still narrow. First person view: The First person view shows one of the activities happened in the alleyway — playing mahjong Skewed angle: Skewed angle to

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Field Trip 1: Rooftops in North Point

  Wide-angle A partial skyline is revealed under the sunset. Zoom Multi layers of pipes and wires show the complexity of a plain rooftop. Focus Details as hardware can sometimes stand out. Crop Without foundations and references, how could people tell the difference between fantasy and reality? Bird’s eye / aerial The height ­of the city has never been that solid and clear until I stood on the rooftop of a 28-story building. There is a strong feeling of isolation, from the crowd as well as the grounded reality. Due to security reasons, the rooftop is rarely visited by residents.

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Field trip: Alleyway in Jordan

Wide-angle: The sloped transition to an ethereal corridor coincides in a junction with the concrete in-between space for tobacco addicts.   Alleyway is……  I simply perceived this territorial chasm in modern day Hong Kong as an ugly brainchild of stringent building ordinances. I saw alleyway as a voiceless existence in this dynamic global city, a spillover space that conceives nothing but shadow and fumes. Alleyway, historically being a place for local trade and interaction, has fallen into an abyss of neglect. It is severed from the rest of the community, only physically being adjacent. Alleyway is dead. But this particular L-shaped

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[Field Trip I] Rooftops in North Point

Wide Angle. Zoom. Focus. Crop. Bird’s Eye / Aerial. Worm’s Eye. This picture is very much about the ‘unknown’: there is no clue given as to where the ladder is leading, or what exactly is on the other side. The viewer is reaching up and outwards, in this makeshift tunnel (highlighted by the cyclical imagery surrounding the ladder), from underground, and landing into something open and vast. The use of this technique really enhances the emptiness of the sky, almost evoking a feeling of vulnerability from the uncertainty. The viewer goes from being encompassed to completely bare. First Person View.

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Field Trip 1: Rooftops in North Point

Wide-Angle The use of the “panorama” feature accentuates the wide-angle look on this photo and allows the illusion of a “sweeping glance” of the view from the rooftop 2. Zoom The use of zoom in this photo mimics the technique used in “Infernal Affairs” where the reflection in architecture is used to focus on people. 3. Focus This image places the blue circular building heavily into focus as it differs from the surrounding buildings immensely. 4. Crop In this image, the “crop” technique was used to highlight office life that can be seen in other buildings. 5. Bird’s Eye This

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Field Trip 1: Wan Chai Wet Market

Wide-angle. Two roads in different directions are shown in this photo, covering a wide range of angle at this district. Zoom. This photo shows a corner of the market by zooming into one of the small fruit stores. Focus. The bird is focused, and to highlight it, the background is blurred and not in the same color as its. Crop. The wall and column of the vegetable store cropped a piece of streetview in the market. Bird’s eye/aerial. This photo imitates what a bird looking down could see when it is flying across buildings and streets. Worm’s eye. This photo

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