The F11 photographic museum in HK

When:  June 2015                   Weather: Hot 30-35C

Leica M240/ 35 summilux F1.4, Noctilux F1.2

 

Having just picked up my ‘new’ 40 year old Noctilux f1.2 here in HK, we boarded the tram from Central to Happy Valley to visit the F11 photographic museum which we thought had a Leica exhibition on. The HK tram (and star ferry and subway and streets) make great subjects for photography…

 

the Noctilux 55mm F1.2 on the Leica M240

the Noctilux 55mm F1.2 on the Leica M240

 

 

our tram view

our tram view showing the bokeh of this 40 year old lens…

 

and again the noctilux at work in the tram..

and again the noctilux at work in the tram..

 

mother and daughter in the subway

mother and daughter in the subway

 

the F11 photographic museum in Happy Valley, HK

the F11 photographic museum in Happy Valley, HK is housed in a beautiful building

 

The door handles looked familiar....indeed the owner of the mseum Mr Douglas So had had his door handles modelled on the speed dial and film rewind lever from a Leica III!

The door handles looked familiar….indeed the owner of the mseum Mr Douglas So had had his door handles modelled on the speed dial and film rewind lever from a Leica III! How cool was this!

 

at the entrance was a chrome Leica III...just like the one at the Leica factory in Solms

at the entrance was a giant chrome Leica III…just like the one at the Leica factory in Solms

 

There were other large scale models of the Leica IIIg

There were other large scale models of the Leica IIIg

 

We were a little disappointed to find that there wasn’t a permanent Leica exhibition and instead there was a photo exhibition by Bruno Barbey, a Magnum photographer who was showing his china photos.  There was also an instant camera exhibition.  Despite no Leica exhibition, we actually quite enjoyed the museum which was obviously a labour of passion of its young and enthusiastic owner Douglas So …who also kindly showed us around. …

Beautful Leica stained glass window

Beautful Leica stained glass window

 

Old Agfa advertisement

Old Agfa advertisement

 

Steven McCurry's Afghan Girl photograph...here with the manager of the museum, Carrie.

Steven McCurry’s Afghan Girl photograph…here with the manager of the museum, Carrie.

 

Richard trying hard to blend in with the red guards behind..

Richard trying hard to blend in with the red guards behind..

 

This is a little gem of a museum if you are at all interested in photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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