Streettogs Gallery Feature: “The Old of Hong Kong” by Gary Tyson

Eric’s Note: Streettogs Gallery is an on-going feature and intiative by Manila-based street photographer A.G. De Mesa. Check out more info here.

A.G.: Gary Tyson is a great commercial photographer and has been in different locations around the globe. He is also the co-insturctor in Eric’s previously concluded street photography workshop in Hong Kong so I was really delighted whe he sent in a link of a collection of his street photographs.

What I usually do when a collection is sent instead of a series is I try  edit properly to show things in common. It could be aesthetic similarities, strong themes, or repeating subjects. So I pointed out to Gary a subject that continually pops up in his street shots:

Elderly people.

I may not be sure if he tried to consciously seek out these elders or they just really caught his eye. But I guess is it really doesn’t matter. What counts is he sees things that interest him and takes a shot. And as an experienced working photographer, he gets the shot. That is what happens when you have a developed instinct like Gary’s.

What made this project extra interesting is that Hong Kong is a place that continuously clashes with the old and the new. In this series, we can clearly show his elderly subjects wearing modern clothing but in the background is the traditional Hong Kong. It is a simple approach with humor and you can go as far as saying it is making a statement against agelessness.

Here is The Old of Hong Kong by Gary Tyson.

Gary has an impressive and great website here which also contains his blog filled with great information and of course, good photography.

Keep sending in your works and click here for more information on how to get featured in the #streettogs Gallery.

What do you think about Gary’s work? Have you looked at your images lately and noticed a series can that be built around it? Are you also on the lookout for common themes or do you just hunt and shoot what interests you? Share your experiences in the comments below.


12 thoughts on “Streettogs Gallery Feature: “The Old of Hong Kong” by Gary Tyson”

  1. Gary is an incredible photographer, and a nice guy as well. Hanging out with Erik and Gary for a few hours the other night in Hong Kong, I learnt more about street photography than I could have believed! Erik, never forget the affluent prawns ;)

  2. Not much fan of using flash for street (or street-like photography) in principle.. and when the result turns out like this I really don’t see the point at all. Some might like the aesthetic though.. could be just me.

  3. Nick Turpin has said Street Photography is not about the place where the photo is being taken but about the approach. As far as the approach is concerned, my question is –
    Why ?
    We have seen Gilden .

    1. Because that is part of Nick Turpin’s personal vision on shooting the streets (which I hope each and every street photographer should have). Approach centeric execution of the photograph that can be taken anywhere but it works because the context is not the place but the approach.

      For this series, the Context was the old and the new that is continually seen in Hong Kong which is reflected to the old people and their selection of clothing which is very contemporary as Andrew Bowness points out :)

      Yes we have seen Gilden but this one is Gary Tyson, so I hope you see it that way too :)

      Thanks for your comment, that made me think and reflect about the selection a bit and I appreciate that.

      – A.g.

  4. I see what you mean about the clash of old and new, when I visited Hong Kong I couldn’t help but notice that the lederly there dressed a bit cooler than over here in the UK. Example I saw a grandma wearing a (presumably fake) Bathing Ape hoodie, I don’t know if she was aware of the significance of the brand, but it certainly stood out to me.

    1. That is precisely what stood out for me when I saw his collection!

      Gary takes photos of things that stand out as seen by this series :)

      I don’t know if they don’t care about the brand they are wearing but it really is funny and interesting to me :)

      – A.g.

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