On the streets of Hong Kong… Star Ferry Pier

by Lee Oliveira on January 5, 2011

While on the ferry to Hong Kong Island, I was watching this old gentleman obsessed with his round sunglasses. He opened a box which had a big cloth, toothbrush and some cleaning spray. I was mesmerized for a moment watching him clean the sunglasses with the toothbrush.

I asked the gentleman if I could photograph him, but he couldn’t really undertand me. So I just showed him my camera and he nodded.

He looked straight to the horizon waiting to be photographed. Such a model isn’t he?

After photographing him the first thing I wanted to do was to buy a pair of those sunglasses. Sadly I couldn’t find any but I’m still looking!!!


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SACRAMENTO January 5, 2011

Don´t blame you. They are fabulous!!!
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Stacey January 5, 2011

Well, he seems to treasure those glasses based on his attention to detail in cleaning them:-). They are fab indeed! Good luck on your hunt! XX
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Beny Ricardo Sadewo January 5, 2011

hahahaha, sometime its hard being a DSLR man,… especially when we have to ask an old man, in east culture we need to use special role of language in or conversation, good luck Mr. Lee,…

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Anthea January 5, 2011

Lovely pic! The sunglasses are stunning. I hope you find a pair.
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Diana Mieczan January 5, 2011

I also love those sunglasses and this is such a great photo:) Kisses,sweetie
Have a great day

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Maddy January 5, 2011

Love it (his sunglasses and this photo!). Love how you’re not limiting your subjects to the young. People of all ages can be tres chic!
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KC of nouveau skin January 5, 2011

it’s amazing how the seniors of this world have astounding and true style. they’re genuine. and you just feel the character of their looks.

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Couture Carrie January 5, 2011

Great shot, Lee!


Ivânia Diamond* January 6, 2011

Adorei a visita, passe sempre!

fiquei fã daqui :)



Purses Pastries Etc... January 6, 2011

Such an adorable story and this is a really great image of him! He looks very proud :)
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Nadine 2.0 January 6, 2011

A toothbrush?! That’s some serious love for your things.
Great portrait. Older gentlemen only smile when they really want to so you must have been charming as usual!
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style'n January 6, 2011

The sunglasses are awesome…I see why he had a toothbrush and cloth with him! Great photo Lee! I will continue to visit your blog for inspiring portrait photography this year!
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Fashnlvr January 6, 2011

Wow Lee! What a great subject! I love those sunglasses. And cleaning with toothpaste – I have heard of that (and done it) with jewelry but never shades.
Good luck finding a pair and if you DO find them – let me know where!
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Nicole January 6, 2011

That is so crazy that he was cleaning them with a tooth brush! But what a great model or you…great shot. xo
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Iliyana January 6, 2011

Great story and this photo is beautiful.
You will be huge in the fashion industry.

Harriet January 6, 2011

I love finds like this! puts a smile to my face!!xxx

Erika January 6, 2011

Such a model. Such a cute old man and his sunglasses suit him well.
Love the blog!


lynn January 6, 2011

I want my picture taken! Perfection!
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Shin January 6, 2011

He looks so serene! His glasses look very modern to me and I like his easy smile :-). Great shot Lee!! xxoxoxoxo

Anna January 6, 2011

Hahaha! What a model!
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Sherin January 6, 2011

They are definitely really cool glasses. Love them.
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a!kO January 6, 2011

Oh do you know what this picture reminds me of? 😀 Horatio from CSI: Miami ^^, hehe. Well can’t blame him for posing cause he made it on this blog 😉 I’d probably do the same thing. 😀 Oh good luck with the search…

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Manon January 6, 2011

Wow, beautiful photo Lee!
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Kristin January 6, 2011

His shades ARE pretty kick arse!

juliet January 6, 2011

What a beautiful story!

juliet xxx

Paulina January 6, 2011

Lovely photo.. Great post! :)
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Alexandre January 6, 2011

Digno!!! Amei o carão do Tio!!!

Angela See, Angela Blog January 6, 2011

I’ve got some similar glasses but I never wear them because I’m blind as a bat without my usual glasses and I need them prescribed. Glad to see you’re enjoying HK hope you’ve had a great holiday season, I’m back to blogging(finally).

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cathy. January 6, 2011

I love his sunglasses!

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ediot January 6, 2011

ususally the photos are the best ones when the people being photographed isn’t aware of it.. even if he was aware- he looks so natural. hence the shot being fantastic. well done!
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stylemefab January 6, 2011

This picture is very captivating!!!
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Stacey Kelly January 6, 2011

haha i love how he automatically posed this way. such a cool picture and his sunglasses are rad.


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Audrey Allure January 6, 2011

Absolutely love his sunglasses!
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Katie January 6, 2011

Beautiful picture. Your photography is so stunning! Following you on Bloglovin’ and Twitter :)
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mo January 6, 2011


I agree with you about his glasses. Have you tried ebay? Congrats on you quitting your job. I can’t wait to read your post about you to catch up and learn more. WIshing you the best for 2011~


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Confessions of a City Girl January 7, 2011

Lol he is so fly!

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sweet January 8, 2011

the glasses are awesome…look at it…it shines even on the photo!!!

seriously, I think it is an old John Lennon round inspired glasses…not sure!!!


jemina January 8, 2011

LOVE his round sunnies too, drooollllll!!!

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MY STYLE ADVICE January 9, 2011

I love that he posed for you and that he takes such pride in cleaning his glasses…

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