At God’s Door
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/120s, ISO 200
Lots of churches in Valencia. Lots of beggars also.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 400
From the top of the San Catalina tower in Valencia, the view is magnificent, but the best thing is looking down into the narrow staircase. Looking back at this picture, I find it verging on the abstract, and it reminds me of the graphical world of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas…
Hand in the Shadows
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO 1600
As one would expect, there were a lot of churches in Valencia, but my favourite was clearly Santa Catalina. Unlike the fancier cathedral, it felt like having macerated for a while, with bordeline creepy iconography. This statue (and the resulting shadow) struck me.
The weather wasn’t glorious during my short stay in Valencia, but you make the most of what you have. That’s why I went for a somewhat bleak processing of this old palace entrance near the Central Market. Goes with my series of Père Lachaise shots from a few months back.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 800
Anyone living in Asia is familiar with this posture that I have taken to calling the Asian Squat. It’s mostly men that squat like that in China, but occasionally you’ll see women as well. I’ve seen this in China, in India, in Malaysia. Most of the time these days there’s a mobile phone involved, but not here.
Shooting from the hip makes for different compositions. I spotted those two girls leisurely leaning on the lamppost and knew I had to get close to capture the expressions naturally. I’m happy I did, I think it makes for a good shot.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 1600
There are a lot of smokers here in Hong Kong and I’ve been trying for a long time to get some good street shots of people smoking, but shy of sticking my camera in their face – which I’m loathe to do – it’s hard. This one is the first shot I really like, not only because you see the subjects is smoking but because you see the smoke.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 800
Hong Kong is not quite China, but in some ways it is. Just in front of the Causeway Bay Apple Store, there’s a string of back of the truck electronics for sale, including iphones (probably fake, but I can’t say for sure). This particular one attracted my attention because of the umbrella (protecting her from the sun) but also because she seems so much not to care.