Rest in Peace
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/240s, ISO 200
This is one of those shots that would probably benefit from being pure B&W: there’s very little colour to begin with. But I think B&W would give it more harshness than what I was looking for, so I kept it in these super low-key grey/pink tones. Tell me what you think.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/1100s, ISO 200
There is something soothing and peaceful about the Cimetière du Montparnasse, and I spent a few hours there last Saturday morning just walking around and trying to capture that softness through a wide open lens. This is one of the most interesting shots (I think).
The Other Side of Bordeaux
Fuji X-Pro2, 50mm, f/8, 1/300s, ISO 200
Bordeaux under a nice sunlight is truly gorgeous, but it can be easy to forget that there’s life beneath these old stones. The city is in the midst of a conflict with the garbage collection union. I’m not taking sides, I don’t even know the exact nature of the conflict, but I wanted to show a less glamorous side to the city with this photo in the middle of the Old Bordeaux. Something tells me this one might not see so many likes on social networks…
A Place for a Quiet Read
Fuji X-Pro2, 50mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 640
Walking in the tiny streets of Bordeaux I stumbled upon this small square, bathed in shade, and thought to myself that this would be a perfect place to sit down with a good book…
Fuji x100s, 35mm
Reykjavik’s Hallgrímskirkja is very impressive on the outside, massive and modern, standing at the top of the city. I’d never been inside. With the harsh sunlight the contrasts were fantastic, and the huge church organ stood out to me. Snap.
Brussels in Colour
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/11, 15s, ISO 400
Brussels is a beautiful and fantastic city, cosmopolitan, architecturally and culturally exciting, great to walk around and full of lovely and interesting people. This week I will be posting only photos of Brussels. This is the Grand Place. I didn’t have a tripod, but I had my beanbag with me so I set it on the curb and shot a 15s exposure. It doesn’t normally look that empty!
Chinese Buddhism Abroad
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5, 1:200s, ISO 200
You might find me masochistic but even though I live in China, I find it quite fascinating to explore the way the Chinese live abroad (when feasible obviously). It turns out that there’s a sizeable Chinese minority in Vietnam, dating back from colonial times and even before. So unsurprisingly, there’s a pretty big Chinatown in Saïgon. We visited there the Thiên Hậu Temple which is a Chinese Buddhist temple in the heart of Chinatown, and even though it is small, it had something that we rarely see in China: authenticity. Most of the temples we have visited here have been reconstructed so many times that there’s no sense of history. This one was built in the XIXth century, but still largely as was. I’ll be sharing more photos from this tiny but fascinating place.
Slow Hong Kong
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/11, 85s, ISO 200
50mm telephoto extension + in-built ND8 filter
I always meant to explore Bulb mode for really long exposures, but have rarely found the opportunities to do it. Monday night I realized my 21st floor hotel room overlooked a highway amidst tall Hong Kong buildings. I set up my tripod against the window sill and voila! This is a rough version as I’m posting this from the airport and haven’t had time to really tweak the colour temperature, but it’s interesting (I think).
Westminster on Thames
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 400
Kodak T-Max 400
I’ve been to London many times, but under a nice sun it’s a city that never fails to charm me. I was staying at a hotel near Westminster and that morning went to a meeting at Victoria station on foot just for the chance to take advantage of the sun. By the time I got back form the meeting, said sun had gone…
Notre-Dame de Saïgon
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/40s, ISO 3200
It’s easy to forget after all that happened there in the last 50 years that Vietnam was once French. In fact, there seems to be a certain pride still in Saïgon that South Vietnam was once Cochinchina, the only French colony in Indochina (the other regions were protectorates) and that Saïgon used to be know as the Pearl of the Far Orient. There are lasting traces of the French colonial times, but none so impressive as Notre-Dame de Saïgon, a cathedral built entirely of pink stone from Toulouse. Inside there is to this day a blend of Christian imagery and vietnamese votive plates, something I found photographically quite irresistible.