All posts tagged: Nostalgia

The Question of the Moment

We’ve been traveling to some absolutely breathtaking places these past couple of days, and at every opportune moment the cameras are out and snapping. I love photography. I love everything it can do. I love everything it remembers. I love the framing of a scene, the manipulation of it and its eventual evolution into a creation all its own. Yet at almost every opportune moment this trip, I have either ran out of memory or battery early on, never able to capture the exact shot I’m waiting for, or try the ideas I have in my head. This is not a post that is interested in whether or not a camera ruins a moment. It is a post interested in the question of a moment. While watching the sun set among fresh clouds after a rainstorm in the mountains, my phone conveniently dead, I thought a lot about how to remember this moment. Because the truth is I won’t. Maybe something about the way the light hit everything from the peak all the way down …

On Capitalism and Nostalgia

Recently, in my comings and goings around the city of Hong Kong,  I stumbled across this particular gem of a coffee shop, called Starbucks. Not that it serves great coffee, I don’t know too much about that since I’m not a coffee drinker myself. But the moment I stepped into its interior, I was absolutely captivated by the extent of its decor. Located on the second and third floor or a relatively dingy building on a busy street in Mong Kok, this Starbucks is accessible only by a stairway with a rather unassuming entrance, and the way upward is lined with Chinese calligraphy of old school slogan-y catch phrases. Of course, presiding over the stairway remains the iconic Lady Starbucks, welcoming me with a smile into the posh, global sameness that Starbucks offers everywhere in the world. Franchising at its very best. As I entered the counter area though, the first thing I noticed was the floor. Interspersed with concrete blotches, and fake wooden floorboards was this dirty white and green tiling that would never be able …