Japan Nuclear Earthquake Tsunami - Day Four

Photos from what's left of Natori City, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan...

 

ALEX HOFFORD : JAPAN NUCLEAR EARTHQUAKE TSUNAMI PHOTOGRAPHER

Japan Nuclear Earthquake Tsunami - Day Three

I am currently in Japan covering the mayhem for EPA.

There is no food or gasoline here, but the main thing is that the big white flash has not happened yet.

It seems the nuclear power stations are holding up well against meltdown, even though there are loads of aftershocks.

More than during the Sichuan Earthquake back in 2008. They are even predicting another big one...

ALEX HOFFORD : JAPAN EARTHQUAKE TSUNAMI PHOTOGRAPHER

Hong Kong's 'Asian Aerospace Expo 2011' & China's Booming Aviation Market.

It seems like every story I cover these days is the same story. The Rise of China...

Here are some parked private jets on the tarmac at Hong Kong International Airport.  A recorder number of parked private jets, the organizers of 'Asian Aerospace Expo 2011' are keen to stress. Its a cold grey day in Hong Kong, and its day one of Asia's main airshow.

Like everything else about China, it's aviation market is playing catch up with the rest of the world. Hot on the heels of the US, the Chinese aviation market is now in the number two position.

Today I got to go in a business jet for the first time, which was cool.

This is what the interior of an Airbus A318 Elite business jet looks like.

Airbus passenger jet sales in China are already strong, so now, as a nascent millionaire class emerges, Airbus are determined to tap into this pool of newly created wealth.

Back inside the expo, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) booth was the largest. And talking of Airbus, the gossip making the rounds at the show is that the 'C919 Airliner', though still in the design stage, is nothing but a rip-off of the Airbus A320. Shanzai Airbus, love it!

Airbus executives released a report yesterday saying that they believe Asia's emerging middle classes will drive demand for new planes over the next two decades. If they are right, this would propel the region to overtake the US and Europe as the world's biggest air transport market.

Moving on from Airbus, why is this man smiling? Because he's Robert Laird, VP of South and East Asian Sales for Boeing, and he just sold five Boeing 748-8 Intercontinental jumbo jets to Air China in a deal worth US$1.54 billion. Not bad, considering recent sales of the Boeing 748-8 Intercontinental are said to be lacklustre. Boeing will start delivery of the new aircraft to China's national carrier in 2014.

With Middle East mayhem, oil prices moving northwards, and slow growth in other areas around the world, Asian sales really are proving a saviour to aircraft manufacturers.

Everyone's smiling...

ALEX HOFFORD : HONG KONG CHINA PHOTOGRAPHER

This Year, Numbers Are Up At The Hong Kong Stock Exchange...

For want of anything better to chuck up onto the front page of my blog, here's a photo of the trading floor of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Getting the picture was a bit tricky, as I had to stand on one of those wibbly wobbly thin rotating bar stools, carefully holding the camera aloft with both my arms held up straight above my head. Probably caused a safety hazard as I got immediately reprimanded by a security guard. As usual. But I said sorry, even though I was being careful.

Anyway, the reason I was there was to cover yet another facet of the nascent economic boom in these parts.

At a press conference at 5pm, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) announced the 2010 financial results for HKEx. And that was a healthy 7% increase in profit before taxation of 5,954m Hong Kong dollars, up from 5,542m Hong Kong dollars in 2009. Average daily turnover of stocks and derivatives on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange was also up. From Hong Kong dollars 62.3bn in 2009 to Hong Kong dollars 69.1bn in 2010. That's an 11% increase.

Some people are richer here this year, with more money to play the stock market...

ALEX HOFFORD : HONG KONG CHINA STOCK EXCHANGE PHOTOGRAPHER

Alex Hofford Photography - A Retrospective / YouTube

ALEX HOFFORD : HONG KONG CHINA PHOTOGRAPHER

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

The office is now closed until Monday 7th February 2011.

ALEX HOFFORD : HONG KONG CHINA PHOTOGRAPHER

Alex Hofford Photography - A Retrospective Slideshow

Chinese New Year is just around the corner. And it's quiet. Luckily so, as this week I was invited to show a selection of my work to the photojournalism students at the University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre. So to that end, I sat down and made a retrospective slideshow. But it turned into a bit of a monster that comes with three advisories; the slideshow contains graphic content, it's not exactly bite-sized, and the Stockhausen audio track may not be to everyone's liking.

Yes, this epic slideshow is in effect a series of mini-slideshows stacked end-to-end. And so for the impatient among you, here are the time codes:-

00:07  The Early Years.

00:27  Hong Kong.

02:26  Infectious Diseases.

03:05  Macau.

03:29  Rich & Poor.

04:28  Pattaya, Thailand.

05:11  Papua.

05:32  Sport.

06:39  Bizarre.

07:22  China Nationalism.

07:41  China Security.

08:00  China Olympics.

08:21  China Earthquake.

08:59  China Factories.

10:41  China E-Waste.

11:08  Air Pollution.

11:24  Water Pollution.

11:51  Plastics Pollution.

12:18  Overfishing.

14:02  Shark Fin.

However my advice would be to be patient. Watch the whole thing. It's way more powerful than video. Go make yourself a cup of tea, let it buffer, come back again, click the full screen icon, adjust the Stockhausen to an ambient level, and just let your senses overload by watching it all...

ALEX HOFFORD : HONG KONG CHINA PHOTOGRAPHER

More From Hong Kong Fashion Week, Days 2 & 3...

Only one day to go. Here are a few shots from the last two days.

Doggy bag by Hong Kong designer 'Decca C'.

No idea, don't ask.

Chicken bag also. Likewise, don't ask.

A creation by Hong Kong designer 'Stuti Modi' - burlesque being all the rage. Yawn, yawn.

Creation by Hong Kong designer Gary Tsang's brand 'Plant 216'. Keep it bike, keep it eco. Yeah, right.

This, and all the rest below, by Hong Kong-based Lebanese design house,'Modessa'.

 

 

Hong Kong Fashion Week is held twice a year, and is pretty important for the Chinese manufacturers and foreign importers in China's booming garment industry.

ALEX HOFFORD : HONG KONG CHINA FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER

Fashion Week Kicks Off In Hong Kong...

OK, enough of shark fin for now. On a lighter note, Hong Kong Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 kicked off today. And in a cynical bid to drive traffic to my blog...

(Designer: Alex Wang - China)

(Designer: Alex Wang - China)

(Designer: Keita Maruyama - Japan)

(Designer: Keita Maruyama - Japan)

(Designer: Keita Maruyama - Japan)

(Designer: Keita Maruyama - Japan)

ALEX HOFFORD : HONG KONG CHINA FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER

TV Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay's 'Shark Bait'

Back in April last year, a British TV production company called me up. They were doing some research for a new documentary on shark finning, and wanted to pick my brains. It was to be for 'Shark Bait', an episode with TV celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, which features as part of 'Big Fish Fight' with Jamie Oliver. (You can watch it outside the UK if you use a VPN or proxy server.)

'Shark Bait' aired last night on Channel 4 in the UK, and so today the 'Twittersphere', which is usually quiet when you do search for 'shark fin', seems like it is on fire.

Here's a screen grab to show you how crazy it is...

It seems like everyone in the UK is talking about shark fin right now, and there are even protests planned for London's Chinatown at Chinese New Year. It will be interesting to see what the global knock on effects of all this will be, especially here at ground zero - Hong Kong. I hope it won't degenerate into issues of race - as that misses the point completely.

ALEX HOFFORD : HONG KONG CHINA SHARK FIN SOCIAL MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHER

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