I spent a day in Lyon back in July and walked around the old city despite the brutal heat. What I loved there were these narrow winding passages (called Traboules) that connect the streets with encased courtyards. As we were exploring one of these I saw this little staircase on the side. I loved the way the light hit the top of the stairs…
As I was walking around the State Opera house in Vienna, I saw this wonderfully backlit fountain, but I struggled to find the right way to shoot it. I wanted the water to glitter in the way I saw it, but that meant the bottom of the fountain deep in the shadows. And then I thought that that might exactly be the right of dramatic exposure that would work. I’ll let you be the judge !
Fuji X-Pro 2
A couple of years back we decided to visit the Paris Catacombs (the public parts that can be anyway). We were a little worried doing it with a 5 year old, but strangely enough it felt respectful and not macabre. I took few photos because the lighting was really limited, but this one is probably the most interesting one both graphically and in terms of expressing what we saw.
*Checking the Bill*
You know by now that I find the barechested men in Hong Kong (and elsewhere in China) interesting subjects. Usually however, when they’re not working, they’re checking their phones. Not this guy !
Lots of tattooed people here in Hong Kong. I’ve been trying to get a shot of this type for a while. I kind of wish the other person hadn’t been so near, but I think it works nonetheless.
*Hong Kong Parenting*
Ricoh GR1 + Kodak TMax 400
We were walking down the jetty in Sai Kung on a wet spring day when I spotted this kid. I think I’d already spotted him once. He was lounging on a folding chair, protected by a large umbrella watching a movie on a tablet. That’s modern parenting, Hong Kong style for you!
Ricoh GR1 + JCH 400
On my last Sham Shui Po photowalk I discovered the wet market. Wet markets in Hong Kong are nearly all inside, probably because of the stifling heat for 6 months in the year. I wasn’t sure how my Ricoh GR1 would fare with 400 ISO film, so I switched the tiny little flash unit to auto. To be fair, I was never sure the flash worked or not, because the lights inside were powerful. Anyway, this was my best shot from there, catching the motion of the fishmonger cutting up the fish.
Some of the hotels in Luijazui is Shanghai are downright crazy. This one is inside the Jin Mao tower, which is only the third highest tower in Shanghai. There’s an inner shaft, and from the 80th floor, this is what it looks like (the lobby is only the 35th or 40th, can’t remember exactly.
Sylvain Luc is one of the most amazing jazz guitarists alive. The stuff that comes out of his brain and fingers puts most other musicians to shame and yet he seems like a very humble guy. He wasn’t actually alone at that gig but rather in a duet with pianist Jean-Michel Pilc. Still, I don’t normally do wide shots of musicians like this, but I felt this worked really well.
Going up this escalator, I noticed the way that the ceiling tiling was reflected in the shiny metal divider between the up and down escalator. I struck out my arm and shot as flat as I could (this is corrected for tilt). What I did not expect was that visually the tiling and the reflection would create such a compelling cylinder.