I waited for nearly an hour on the river bank opposite the Bund in Shanghaï for the sun to be perfectly aligned with the two horns of that skyscraper. There are many pictures of the Dark Tower in Mordor with a similar look, hence the title.
Sylvain Bardiau is the trumpet player from the Grande Campagnie des Musiques à Ouïr, an inventive and exciting French jazz collective. I often try to use the lensbaby during concerts for a different feel. Doesn’t always work, here I think it did. This photo was part of the three submissions at the Nancy Jazz Festival Concert Photography Contest 2011 that won second place.
The villages of the Upper Atlas mountains in Southerm Morocco look like they simply should not be able to cling to the near vertical rock surface. And yet they do, and people live there. One of the most stunning sights in my life…
Surinder is a tuk-tuk driver I met and befriended the first time I went to Delhi in 2011. He offered to walk me arond the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib Sikh temple, which I readily accepted. This is a portrait of him after the visit.
One of my favourite places to visit in exotic countries is food stalls and markets.
I love the circular bokeh in optic light photography…
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Narrow streets and a clear landmark make for a photo opportunity. I used the Lensbaby on this one to further reinforce the direction of the eye suggested by the high contrast.
Pianists are perhaps the hardest musicians to shoot: you want to have the face, the hands and the keyboard in the frame, and that’s damn hard. This shot of French jazz pianist Laurent deWilde was probably my first successful pianist shot.
I don’t own a super wide-angle lens, but the friend I was walking around Paris with that night does, and he lent it to me for this shot of the Pyramid. It’s a classic shot, but I have to confess it’s effective…
I am sometimes astounded at what a pesly little smartphone can produce provided you have enough light. This is an iphone shot, from the side of an Airplane (which won’t surprise you). It’s quite abstract, but intriguing all the same.