In February I was part of a school trip to Geneva. The purpose of our trip was to visit the LHC – Large Hadron Collider – at CERN and we were also given the opportunity to take part in some Physics experiments. I was very interested in the tour that we received as we were able to take pictures of many historic sights at CERN, one famous one being the Accelerating Science – accelerateur de scìence Dipole Magnet and the other being the LHC Mural.
My parents forced me to go on an hour-long walk through a massive forest, something that I was quite annoyed about. Eventually, we finished and decided to take a cab to Deokjin park for a coffee. We wandered around the park first, coming across a large Lotus pond, where the Lotuses were only just starting to bloom (because it wasn’t blooming season yet.) In the spur of the moment, we decided to rent one of those ducks/swans that you power by pedaling.
Apart from the small spider in the raft, as well as the burning in my legs, it was a fun time. I managed to take some nice pond pictures from the raft.
We went up to the DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) where we were only allowed to take pictures of certain things (lest our phones/cameras get destroyed by North Korea). It was an extremely foggy day so there was not much to look at. I thought this picture reflected the mysteriousness of North Korea and also thought it would look nice in Black and White. I also happened to meet another analogue enthusiast who was far more enthusiastic than I was… She was using a LEICA M9 with Ilford Film… I can’t compare with that!
Hong Kong was not all cars and traffic and people, well not all of it. Around the other side of the island was a vast expanse of open country, hills, rivers and beaches. We hopped onto a public bus and 45 minutes later arrived at Stanley Bay where it was cold and rainy. It was so cold that I went into H&M and bought a green parka because I did not want hypothermia for the remainder of the trip. Eventually the rain calmed to a drizzle and allowed for some photography. Unfortunately, I only had ISO 200 film available, so the colours of the boats are not too clear or vivid. It was still a lovely sight to see a few colourful boats bobbing up and down in the bay.
We decided to go up to Ngong Ping Village, an old-style village up in the hills of Lantau Island. It’s ‘old-style’ and not ‘old’ because it is a tourist place! Designed to look old while offering full internet access, Starbucks Coffee and indoor heating. Nonetheless, it still possessed some old qualities, such as the Giant Buddah Statue, the largest in the world. It was a long hike up never-ending stairs to the top and if it weren’t already cold enough, a cold wind blew once we were at the top. Since we were all ill-prepared for Hong Kong’s springtime weather, my father and I bought a pair of thick scarves such that we wouldn’t get the chills. I was sick for the next two weeks, so I don’t think it worked.
Shot taken on Kodak Gold 200 film. I had to zoom in a bit so that I would only get a picture of the buildings rather than the protective railing… This adds more grain to the image. We were lucky that we had such a great view, the other days had been foggy and rainy. (If you look in the distance, you can see some fog over the distant skyline). It was the warmest day of all the days we were there, the previous days it had gone down to 11 degrees. It was a warm 17 on that day.