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Although I rarely post my personal work on this site nowadays, I thought I would share this. Shooting this week with one of my favourite models, Samantha. We tend to thrive in that kind of chemistry that produces photos of real character. Here, some manual lens work at The Kandid Social, on a day that went from grey to sunny.

For more of my personal work, head on over to my IG @hurtingbombz or check out 500px.com/hurtingbombz

Justin Lim Photography - 500px IG Takeover

It is not a bad thing to be busy, although it sometimes means I'm spread a bit too thin. In between shoots for MR PORTER, Shanghai Tang, Mandarin Oriental HK and many more, I was asked to take over the IG page of 500px, the world's fastest growing photography site with 7m dedicated users. Tremendous honour and accolade, and something I'm always very proud to do as an ambassador for HK and wider Asia.

500px - Guest Editor for March 2016

Photography is a competitive business. There are a lot of photographers out there, which is why the rare accolades that come from your peers are all the more worthwhile. Thank you to 500px.com - the world's most dynamic and influential photography platform - for naming me their Guest Editor for the month of March 2016. I am delighted to be curating moments on their Editor's Choice gallery for them for the next few weeks.

To see some of my choices, check out the Editor's Choice page on 500px.com

A little review of the Lomo LC-A Minitar Art Lens

 LC-A Minitar Art Lens, on my Leica M-E, August 2015

LC-A Minitar Art Lens, on my Leica M-E, August 2015

Lomography has been established for a while in Hong Kong now, and has grown from a cult dalliance into quite a large, universal enterprise. You often see people in HK with little Holgas and Dianas strapped to their Fjallraven Kankens. It's great that the new generation has embraced toy cameras, as they were a part of my own photographic growth.

As an owner of the original LC-A, I was intrigued by this addition to the lomography.com lineup - a flat-nosed Russian optic, easy to fit on a digital M-Mount body. Having taken it for a spin, I was largely impressed by the ease of use and the playful vignetting. Of course, saturation needed a tweak to make those colours look Agfa-rich, but I'm happy with these.

The next step is probably to mount it on a Fujifilm-X and see how we go with that. Viva Minitar!

Save the Hong Kong trams!

Lifestyle Asia: Hong Kong's 10 Instagrammers to Follow

 Lifestyle Asia, July 2015

Lifestyle Asia, July 2015

Many thanks to Lifestyle Asia for naming me one of Hong Kong's 10 Instagrammers to follow.

I confess to being quite slow to take up this new social media, but it's hard to deny the explosive effect it's had on my profile since I was featured by Instagram HQ last year.

Many professionals are somewhat sceptical of this new medium, especially the slightly older generation of HK pros who have their bread and butter work. Mostly, when talking to pros about IG, you get a few stock responses of sarcastic sniping and bitterness. But it can't be denied that social media is here to stay and we are foolish not to embrace its all-encompassing reach. I'm grateful for all the new friends and collaborators I have made in the last 12 months.

Paris in Bloom

Paris is a place we all love to get behind, with its sleek, urbane sophistication and its effortless insouciance. Driven by a new minimalist aesthetic, it remains the gold standard of chic. Great to spend some time there after so many years.

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For more of my reviews on Paris small plates, see my write-up on Townske.

Japan, August 2014

Some recent personal images of the road from Hakone to Tokyo.

Clients always seem to pick up on my Iceland album on the main website. I suppose this reminds me a little bit of that. Especially the weather around Lake Ashi.