Saturday, February 23, 2013
Upper and Pet Portrait (This week's Photo Hunt themes)
It used to be that having pets were something only the upper -- or at least moneyed -- classes could do. These days though, it can seem like more people have pets than don't have them. As it so happens though, I'm one of the latter. So this week's Photo Hunt theme chosen by Gattina (but less so Sandi's) looked like it might present me with a problem (or, at least, a puzzle)... until I got to realizing that I do in fact have portraits of other people's pets!
As unlikely as it may seem, both the bird photos in this Photo Hunt entry were taken while out hiking in Hong Kong. More specifically, while traipsing along the Lung Mun Country Trail around this time last year, my hiking buddies and I caught sight a bird cage with a beautiful bird in it. (That it was someone's pet was obvious as its owner was in the vicinity -- I guess he lived nearby and wanted to take his bird out to get some fresh air!) And if that were not already an unexpected sight, at Tai Po Kau last month, my hiking buddies and I came across a colorful pair of un-caged parrots that seemed content to pose for portraits for just about anyone with a camera who passed by!
As for the upper-most photo on this blog entry: those familiar with Hong Kong art will recognize it as a work shown at Art HK 12 by Wilson Shieh, one of my favorite Hong Kong artists -- and whose studio I visited during last year's Fotanian Open Studios. And while I'm not so sure that it could be considered an upper class marker to own one of his creations, I -- for one -- reckon it's a sign of one possessing good artistic taste to appreciate them! ;b