Outside the CE office

These were taken one morning outside main entrance of the Chief Executive’s office, which was blocked by the protestors. Trust had been lost in the police after they had allegedly transported boxes containing ammunition supplies into the governor’s building with an ambulance, so the protestors were wanting to check further ambulance’s driving past barricades. A police officer was apparently taken ill due to the intense heat and needed medical attention. After some negotiations, the protesters allowed an ambulance through their barricades and the officer was taken away.

Police form a line to as they prepare to return behind their barricades after an ambulance was allowed to pass through them during a gathering of pro-democracy protestors outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.   Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Police form a line to as they prepare to return behind their barricades after an ambulance was allowed to pass through them during a gathering of pro-democracy protestors outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Police form a line to make way for an ambulance as pro-democracy protestors shout slogans outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Police form a line to make way for an ambulance as pro-democracy protestors shout slogans outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A pro-democracy protestor prepares to lay on the floor to ensure no more traffic can pass through after an ambulance was allowed to pass through barricades outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A pro-democracy protestor prepares to lay on the floor to ensure no more traffic can pass through after an ambulance was allowed to pass through barricades outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protestors shout slogans directed at the police outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protestors shout slogans directed at the police outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protestors shout slogans directed at the police outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protestors shout slogans directed at the police outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Rain falls as pro-democracy protestors sing the song ìHoi Fut Tin Hungî (Under a Vast Sky) by Hong Kong band "Beyond" -- a rallying anthem of Hong Kongís protesters -- outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Rain falls as pro-democracy protestors sing the song ìHoi Fut Tin Hungî (Under a Vast Sky) by Hong Kong band “Beyond” — a rallying anthem of Hong Kongís protesters — outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Dreaming of a better future

The site of pro-democracy protesters resting on their highway, blocked off by barricades, is one we now almost take for granted in Hong Kong. A first time visitor might not be able to imagine that this currently serene and peaceful spot was one of the main traffic routes less than a month ago.

I wish I could have been there to witness protesters spilling onto the road because they felt they had no better alternative to voice their demands. The sound of the collective sounding of commuter horns must have been pretty exhilarating to the ears of the students. I’m amazed they have managed to stay this long after subsequently being exposed to tear gas, pepper spray, charging police and possibly most annoyingly of all, getting soaked to the bone during hours of heavy rain followed by passing gusts of cool wind – and then blazing sun.

My journey to work does take longer these days, but I love my commute, walking in an area that has now come to represent what Hong Kong is about, for me at least. And long may it last.

Pro-democracy protesters protect themselves from the sun on the side of a flyover near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Hong Kong police said on September 29 tear gas was deployed "87 times" in clashes with pro-democracy protesters on September 28 as they defended their controversial use of force against crowds in the usually stable city. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters protect themselves from the sun on the side of a flyover near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Hong Kong police said on September 29 tear gas was deployed “87 times” in clashes with pro-democracy protesters on September 28 as they defended their controversial use of force against crowds in the usually stable city. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters sleep on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters sleep on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A pro-democracy protester working as medical volunteer sleeps in a makeshift supplies area on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A pro-democracy protester working as medical volunteer sleeps in a makeshift supplies area on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters sleep in their makeshift supplies outlet on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters sleep in their makeshift supplies outlet on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A man walks past a group of pro-democracy protesters sleeping on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A man walks past a group of pro-democracy protesters sleeping on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters sleep on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.  Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters sleep on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters rest on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014.   Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail".  AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protesters rest on a flyover in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high October 3, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were “doomed to fail”. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy protestors hold up their mobile phones after heavy rain in Hong Kong on September 30, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Pro-democracy protestors hold up their mobile phones after heavy rain in Hong Kong on September 30, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China’s refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Long Train Runnin’ (again)

I posted this photo a couple of weeks ago, but looking back at it now I realise there was no need for a crop and that the space works better around the guy, rather than questioning my original framing of the moment and making it a bit too in your face. Sometimes you should just trust your original instincts and today’s access to editing tools tends to make me forget that. Will also be doing the same for another recent post shortly.

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The Tower

When I was twenty years old I spent four hours in Paris and half that time was at a tattoo convention I was attending. I only managed to look up from the bottom of the Eiffel Tower that time so I was determined to make it up to the top during my stay in Paris. It was well worth the wait and something I would recommend everyone does at least once in their life. ASAI6297 ASAI6349

Another laundry moment

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I think this was taken during my second to last laundry session in Paris. I enjoyed the 30 minute window of time that waiting for my clothes provided for wandering around to get some pics.