*Resting in the Shadow of a Tree*
When you shoot cemeteries, as a photographer you’re conflicted: you want moody shots because of the subject matter and that suggests overcast light or rolling clouds. But generally as a photographer you tend to crave directional light, especially sunlight at dawn or dusk. This shot is the latter, in Bordeaux’s ‘Cimetière de la Chartreuse’. The shadow of the tree over the crypt seemed ominous and I decided to frame it as such.
*Straight to Wall Street*
When I arrived in Brooklyn to try and shoot Wall Street at dawn, I arrived early. These piles spoke to me, so I tried to frame them in my first shot. I then moved and got more direct shots when the sun rose properly, but I’m not wondering if I shouldn’t have stayed just there. Anyway, this is minutes before dawn and I quite like the composition, if I say so myself.
It was the boulder that attracted me to this composition. I love the way the waves at the forefront look like mist over the rocks, and I think the round boulder and the pointy island balance each other out nicely, compositionally speaking.
To say that our summer in Wellington a little over a year ago was worse than most winters in France would be an understatement. But I got dramatic skies and heavy grey light, good stuff for long exposure black and whites by the sea. I only published one shot from this series previously, and when I revisited it this one struck me as really interesting.
When it comes to composition, the effects of wide angle on how things sit in the frame is interesting and an opportunity to play around with things. Here the island that was maybe 500 meters from the shore looks really far away, and the rocks at the foot of my tripod look massive. And this was just 15mm, imagine at 10mm !!!
*Where’s the Sun?*
I got up really early on a Sunday morning to catch the sunrise on the Southeastern side of Hong Kong Island. The weather apps said it was going to be a sunny day. Even before I got to Shek O, I knew that would not be the case thanks to the drizzle on my windshield. Weather is not an exact science. But when life gives you lemons you make lemonades, so I shifted from glorious colour sunrise over sea to moody black and white over rocks. I got three good shots out of it, this one is the first.
There is something shocking about seeing homeless army vets in US cities. Just to be clear, I’m not judging, I have no idea what the fate of my country’s vets is after they go on operation. But you do see this a lot in the US. So this isn’t the best of photos, but I felt I needed to share it.
As I walked the cold streets of Manhattan I saw a lot of people sitting on the side streets. This guy was commenting on everyone passing him, not in an agressive way, more in a cordial way. I liked him, so I decided to immortalize him in black and white.
*Shadows of Brooklyn*
I got in early to catch the southern tip of Manhattan in the sunrise. There was a moment just as the sun was emerging above Brooklyn when the shadows of the skyscapers there projected onto the Manhattan skyline. This is what I captured here. I decided to give it a black and white treatment to emphasize these shadows.
As I was walking towards Embarcadero, I stumbled upon this guy, reading a paperback. He looked so cool and relaxed, I just had to snap.