Importance of Waiting by Alex Ogle in Hong Kong

The photo of the old guy kicking a ball by himself at lunch time was when I was playing basketball on a court just above the football pitch and I had my phone with me to take photos, and I think I got a bit sunburned standing there for about 15 minutes waiting for the moment when he’d kick the ball the right way. That description doesn’t really relate to where I live as much as demonstrate the importance of waiting, with the point being it’s good to look for moments in a hectic city like Hong Kong where somebody is going about their business alone in an empty area having a quiet moment in what is probably a regularly busy day, which seems everyone is having here with all the rushing around.

Name:Alex Ogle

Place you live: Hong Kong, moved here a few weeks ago from Washington DC

Place your photo was taken: Park opposite my apartment in Sheung Wan district of Hong Kong.

Can you sum up Hong Kong? I live in a place where it’s constantly hot and steaming humid and there’s apparently a typhoon every other week bearing down, but I’ve only been here a short while so maybe things will change — also the food is delicious and the pollution can be terrible, which probably contribute to pretty sunsets, like this one recently from the office overlooking the harbor.

Occupation: Journalist, Agence France-Presse; not a photographer, which I’d like to be

Preoccupation: Taking photos

A perfect day in Hong Kong? I just moved here, Hong Kong, so a good day is exploring.

A perfect meal? Here I like cheap food tucked away in side streets or Pakistani places in Chungking Mansions in Kowloon, but after 4 years in Washington DC I’d call there home in a lot of ways, in which case the Duru Jjigee at the restaurant Mandu on 18th and S where all my friends were.

What is the best thing about your spot? Loads of people everywhere, lots of life, close to forests and hills for hiking.

What is the worst? Loads of people everywhere

A little known fact about where you live? People don’t think of Hong Kong being green and so full of islands and beaches stretching off into the distance, which it is.

Where is your favorite place in the world? New York

Who are your three favorite photographers? W. Eugene SmithRobert CapaJames Nachtwey