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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 March, 2008, 12:00am

In your latest photography series, In Camera, on show at the Cat Street Gallery, you created the poetic images with the traditional multiple exposure technique. How did you get the idea and what was your experience shooting in Hong Kong?

Los Angeles-based photographer Paul Robinson:

'I got the inspiration when I walked down the street in Paris and started to blend the beautiful images in my head, thinking how I could express them in photographs. Then I thought about the double exposure technique learned way back in high school and tried to expand on it.

'I shoot an image and take note of what I've shot. When I see something else that would look good on top of that particular image, I put the film back and shoot on top of it. There is no digital or Photoshop. In the shot Woman in the Glass Box, for example, two images were done 14 months apart.

'There's something rewarding about doing it the hard way. The look of film is superior to the look of digital.

'Hong Kong is so visual. There're so many textures. I did take the shots in a slightly different way and saw things differently. I slowed down the shutter speed and it made everything painterly and in motion. That's just how I feel about Hong Kong.'