Geoff Haggray isn't a stranger to Lomography. Back in November last year, we got the chance to talk to him about his experience with the LC-A Minitar-1 lens. Spoiler alert: he absolutely loved it. Now, we're lucky enough once again to have him grace our Magazine's pages. This time, Geoff goes out of his comfort zone to bring us some refreshing views of Hong Kong with the use of the Sprocket Rocket. Don't worry though, his Minitar-1 shots are still something to look out for.
Welcome back to Lomography, Geoff! What have you been up to?
Thank you for welcoming me back! I’ve primarily dedicated this past year to exploring different styles within photography. From the b&w panoramas that I did in Hong Kong, to my more recent 4x5 work. I’m still doing street photography in the background but I have tried to open my mind to more ways to shoot! I’m currently looking into Instant film cameras and their history.
How did you like your stay in Hong Kong?
I loved living in Hong Kong. From the food down to all of life on the streets. I was primarily in Sham Shui Po for school but I tried to explore as much as I could. I’d go on long walks in which I tried to capture Hong Kong from the eyes of one who was experiencing it for the first time. I primarily shot in b&w but there were so many colors that I couldn’t resist also putting in a color roll every now and then. These street photos were taken with the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1. I miss Hong Kong and I hope to be able to go back one day.
How was your experience in shooting with the Sprocket Rocket? What are the stories behind these panoramic street snaps?
It was my first time using the Sprocket Rocket and I decided to use it as if it were one of my cameras that I shoot street photos on. I took all of these shots between Sham Shui Po and Cheung Sha Wan. I spent a lot of time exploring the apartment buildings which were so incredibly tall. The inner courtyards always had a lot of people coming and going and I found that very interesting. I took a few shots of these three boys who were throwing paper airplanes at each other, that was really fun. I also have this one shot of a man creating bubbles at a playground and if you look closely you can see a bubble reflecting a woman’s face.
What are your favorite destinations in Hong Kong?
As said earlier I spent most of my time in Sham Shui Po. To be honest, I spent a lot of my time in Hong Kong eating hahaha! I would go to Sun hang Yuen for HK Milk Tea, to Kashmir Curry House for samosas, and to Thai Yummy for pad thai. I also loved going to Sheung Wan and Central for the stores, galleries, and food. I would hang out at Meteor Leica in Causeway Bay and at Blue Lotus Gallery in Sheung Wan. I also enjoyed exploring Cheung Chau. Hong Kong is so big I wish I had time to go to more of it.
Do you have upcoming projects? Please invite our readers.
While in Hong Kong I was able to take a trip to Japan. I have B&W negatives that I took in Japan that I’m just now getting around to scanning. So if anyone cares to see my Japan work I will be sharing that soon on my Instagram! It was also taken on the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1.
We would like to thank Geoff for letting us feature his images in the Magazine. If you're interested in his work, you can go to his Instagram for more.