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Top Street Photographer: May James

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Five-year Tung Chung resident May James has been recognised for her unique photographic style in a list of top Hong Kong street photographers published by Time Out on October 10. The feature, Nine stunning Hong Kong street photographs you need to see, offers up a captivating set of images, highlighting the city’s diversity.

May’s featured photo, Sounds of Silence, is part of her Street Scene (HK) collection, which is shot in black and white. The collection is inspired by London street photographer Alan Schaller’s Instagram page and makes clever use of light and shadow. “Whenever I apply this style to my story, it really adds another layer of emotion to it,” she says.

May’s focus on local people and their day-to-day lives is clearly depicted in the Street Scene (HK) collection. “I’ve always loved photographing people – details like their facial expressions and gestures,” she says. “I feel somehow connected with them and it genuinely helps me understand the world around me.”

“I love photographing Lantau,” May adds. “It is a beautiful, dynamic and multicultural island with gorgeous scenery and tremendous opportunity for exploration. You find thousands of emotions and interactions every day. It really is a very special place.”

May started out as a photographer in 1995 and set up her own business, May James Photography, in 1998. After taking an 11-year break, she got back to her passion four years ago, focusing on sports DECEMBER EVENTS at a glance and events photography. She is currently putting together a 2019 calendar featuring her photos. “It’s an extension of the Sounds of Silence theme,” she explains. “I want to share more of my work in a friendly and useful way.”

To order May’s calendar, visit siusingallery.com. While stocks last, Life on Lantau readers can use the promotion code LMR2019HK to enjoy a 50% discount.

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