Everyday Hybridity

Dr Paul O'Connor
Anthropology/Sociology/Cultural Studies/
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  1. descrofton:

    Indonesian sorceress holds an exorcism in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island

    Some really fantastic street photography from Des Crofton. Checkout the blog, gaze at some everyday life in Hong Kong, follow the blog.

     
     
  2. I am covering 2 very interesting posts from GlobalVoicesOnline they connect to some other blogs too, so follow the links.

    First we have Shenzhen which has launched an initiative to get correct mistakes in English signs around the city.

    Secondly we have a report on the recent court case of abuse to an Indonesian Foreign Domestic Worker in Hong Kong and efforts to highlight the experience of this group in the territory.

    Included is a picture from respected photographer Gráinne Quinlan  who has done a series of shots about why women travel to Hong Kong to work. These are covered more fully on the HongWrong blog.

    Interestingly enough both stories dovetail on the issue of signs.

     
     
  3. jeremynix:

People in Cars

I have an on going “project” capturing images of people from the passenger seat of any car I am…

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Great project. It is exactly the sort of mundane stuff that we are accustomed too that makes such an interesting collection of pictures. One can joke about it, but people do glance at each other, from one car to another, especially when the vehicles come to rest. It also reminds me of this new book by Iain Borden - Drive, which is on my reading list but haven’t yet got too.
This also connects with a mini project I have collecting people’s stories about commuting to work, college, dropping kids off to school etc. I want to know more about these rhythms and how people regard their commute.
If anyone wants to share their commuting experience, message me here, or email everydayhybridity@gmail.com.

    jeremynix:

    People in Cars

    I have an on going “project” capturing images of people from the passenger seat of any car I am…

    View Post

    Great project. It is exactly the sort of mundane stuff that we are accustomed too that makes such an interesting collection of pictures. One can joke about it, but people do glance at each other, from one car to another, especially when the vehicles come to rest. It also reminds me of this new book by Iain Borden - Drive, which is on my reading list but haven’t yet got too.

    This also connects with a mini project I have collecting people’s stories about commuting to work, college, dropping kids off to school etc. I want to know more about these rhythms and how people regard their commute.

    If anyone wants to share their commuting experience, message me here, or email everydayhybridity@gmail.com.

     
     
  4. whoismims:

Shanghai’s Insane, 26-Year Transformation Summed Up In Two Photos
To offer further perspective: When I lived in Shanghai in 2006 = 2 subway lines. When I went back in 2010 = 13 subway lines.

I just love these sorts of shots. When there is such a radical difference between the two photos you look for traces of the old in the new picture and then you flick back to the old one to look at the absence of the new. Endlessly fascinating to observe the same thing in different guises.
So in honour of these types of posts I present a collection from the archive. There are a lot more out there of course…
http://everydayhybridity.tumblr.com/post/26073926726/i-think-this-collection-of-pictures-is-just
http://everydayhybridity.tumblr.com/post/32182230641/happy-valley-100-years-apart-here-is-another-one
http://everydayhybridity.tumblr.com/post/31183050943/this-is-a-great-comparative-piece-bravo-mika
http://everydayhybridity.tumblr.com/post/31089775810/last-night-whilst-talking-to-colleagues-and
http://everydayhybridity.tumblr.com/post/24197928207/earlier-this-month-i-posted-on-the-transformations
http://everydayhybridity.tumblr.com/post/56445870684/same-spot-same-month-different-years
http://everydayhybridity.tumblr.com/post/11474101823/skateboarding-and-intimacies-of-space-the-two
http://sincerelyhana.com/projects/switcheroo/

    whoismims:

    Shanghai’s Insane, 26-Year Transformation Summed Up In Two Photos

    To offer further perspective: When I lived in Shanghai in 2006 = 2 subway lines. When I went back in 2010 = 13 subway lines.

    I just love these sorts of shots. When there is such a radical difference between the two photos you look for traces of the old in the new picture and then you flick back to the old one to look at the absence of the new. Endlessly fascinating to observe the same thing in different guises.

    So in honour of these types of posts I present a collection from the archive. There are a lot more out there of course…

    http://everydayhybridity.tumblr.com/post/26073926726/i-think-this-collection-of-pictures-is-just

    http://everydayhybridity.tumblr.com/post/32182230641/happy-valley-100-years-apart-here-is-another-one

    http://everydayhybridity.tumblr.com/post/31183050943/this-is-a-great-comparative-piece-bravo-mika

    http://everydayhybridity.tumblr.com/post/31089775810/last-night-whilst-talking-to-colleagues-and

    http://everydayhybridity.tumblr.com/post/24197928207/earlier-this-month-i-posted-on-the-transformations

    http://everydayhybridity.tumblr.com/post/56445870684/same-spot-same-month-different-years

    http://everydayhybridity.tumblr.com/post/11474101823/skateboarding-and-intimacies-of-space-the-two

    http://sincerelyhana.com/projects/switcheroo/

     
     
  5. Have Skateboard - Will Travel

    Two events in the space of a year made me very cynical about tourism. At eighteen I went abroad for the very first time and visited New York. Stood at the foot of the Statue of Liberty I felt completely bemused by how un-eventful and insignificant this iconic spot actually was. Several months later I was introduced to John Urry’s ‘The Tourist Gaze’ at University. I surrendered my aspirations to visit Angkor Wat and countless other destinations.

    What I have tried to do since is to as often, and as much as possible, always take my board with me. This transforms the experience of visiting new places and opens up a completely uncharted realm of how you can actually interact with those around you. 

    This video provides some insight to the rich experiences of travelling with a board and to skateboard diplomacy. Jonathan Mehring shares some of his exquisite photos and anecdotes of his numerous travels. A self evident fact is that whilst you may not be able to speak the language of the country you are visiting, you can still connect with people through skateboarding.

    There is however something that is a little peculiar in the documentation of skateboarding in far off lands. It is quite bluntly, exotica. The juxtaposition of a skater in mid-air with minarets in the background is distinct. Why should it be so? But if the truth be told it is that same jarring composition of the skateboard in urban environs that makes skateboard photography so compelling. It reminds us that places have untapped potential, they can be harnessed, used and performed with in ways that dramatically extend their everyday purposes or design intent.

    (Source: skatedaily.net)

     
     
  6. A great in-depth Giga-pixel 360 photo of London. Zoom in for crystal clarity on rooftops and street scenes.
For even more Gigapixels visit www.360cities.net. They have a map with collections of photographs across the globe. Credit to Mr R. Parker for tweeting it.

    A great in-depth Giga-pixel 360 photo of London. Zoom in for crystal clarity on rooftops and street scenes.

    For even more Gigapixels visit www.360cities.net. They have a map with collections of photographs across the globe. Credit to Mr R. Parker for tweeting it.

     
     
  7. A cute picture of two Iranian skater girls is cropping up online and it is from the work of Brandon Stanton’s "Humans of Tehran" project. I did a little digging and came up with some interesting pictures from Stanton himself (check out the parkour shot) and also some others posted on a forum. These show kid skating round Vanak Square and also the new park project and skatepark that is about to open. It looks mighty impressive.

    All pretty timely as tomorrow in class we cover skateboarding, parkour and emotional ties to the city.

     
     
  8. Hong Kong at Night

    These photos are of course an absolute fiction. Hong Kong would have to be plunged into a radical form of darkness for such a scene to exist. The power would have to go and all vehicles would have to have their batteries drained. These beautiful images are evocative of a system collapse. Perhaps all the more powerful as in Hong Kong we too seldom see the sky  in the daytime, fighting an endless tide of acrid smog.

    We can not see stars at night above cities because of light pollution, but in the project by Thierry Cohen we can begin to imagine what might be out there, clouded by the dominating lights of domestic apartments, offices, and neon advertisements. 

    The juxtaposition between the impressive modern cities and the ageless beauty of the cosmos is poignant.

    The quite city is however melancholy and unsettling. It is arguably the power of seeing the city surrendered, quiet and passive that is the most alluring aspect of these images. Suggesting that perhaps that if we were to witness the end of the world it would, from the right vantage point, be breathtaking.

    From the website…

    Stand in New York or Rio and look up, even on the most cloudless night, and you won’t see Cohen’s explosions of light. Yet it is there, blotted out only by man’s interference…

    Cohen hasn’t simply shown us the skies that we’re missing, by the way. His process is many degrees more complex than that. Notice how dead his cities look, under the fireworks display above? No lights in the windows, no tracers of traffic? Barely even reflections of the blazing starry glory above. That’s because they are in fact photographed in the daylight hours, when lights are switched off or shine out less brightly. How clever this is, each photographic obstacle to Cohen’s expression isolated, and solved to perfection.

     
     
  9. These pictures of a variety of skaters, some well known, some less well known, come from a blog called the Skatorialist. Little information is on the blog, but it is run by photographer Sam Ashley.

    The title of the blog is a neologism and portmanteau. The emphasis being on fine tailoring and skateboarding.

    I have been preparing for a course on the experience of the body in human culture. One thing that I have been looking at is our engagement with the world through material objects that in some ways become part of our physical experience.

    Simply think of your phone.

    For skateboarders there is similarly an experience with the board. How could one describe this? Perhaps a fifth limb? Or for those familar with the “His Dark Materials”, a dæmon? It might be described as relational but extrabodily.

    Well this blog juxtaposes the two elements. without the boards, these are just people, with the boards they are given a different context and meaning. Skateboards have long been used as fashion accessories. It always seems bizarre to me. Probably because it always looks so false. Yet these photos strike a different chord to the fashion pictures. There seems to be something very simple here, but also honest. Perhaps in these pictures the camera has captured that enigmatic relationship between board and person. Between body and object.

    (Thanks to Joey for the tip)

     
     
  10. Happy Valley 100 years apart…
Here is another one of those photo comparisons of Hong Kong. I think a collection of these pictures would make a fantastic book. They really highlight the dramatic change of the territory.

    Happy Valley 100 years apart…

    Here is another one of those photo comparisons of Hong Kong. I think a collection of these pictures would make a fantastic book. They really highlight the dramatic change of the territory.