Pinecone in Darkness
Canon 7D, f/13, 1s, ISO 200
Still life is as much an exercice in technique as it can be an artistic endeavour. I’ve long been fasinated by Edward Weston’s Pepper No. 30 and without any illusion of getting anywhere near his mastery of light, I’ve been experimenting with similar in the studio still life concepts. I did a fair amount of work on pinecones, and this one is one of the most interesting results, I think.
Three Monkeys from the Thirties
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/8, 0.8s, ISO 1000
I’m currently working on a project on surrealist Paris (possibly more on that later) for which I recruited a bunch of really cool period-dressed models. At the end of the session, I decided to try to do with them something that I’ve been meaning to do with my kids for a long time: a three monkeys shot. As you may imagine this is a combination of careful photo work and careful photoshop work (although the latter turned out to be surprisingly easy). The picture was then processed in B&W in Lightroom using XeL 2.0.
Pont de Bercy
Canon A2, 20mm, f/13, 1/40s, ISO 125
Film: Ilford FP4+
The Pont de Bercy is a very visible landmark in Eastern Paris, since it crosses the Seine along the famous modern building that hosts the Ministry of the Budget. But few people know that under the bridge is a bike track with wonderful columns on the sides…
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 200
Model: Aurélie / Film: Agfa Scala 200
A few months ago I did a session with models dressed in 1930s style. At the end of the session, I decided to do a roll of Agfa Scala, a film I love despite the fact that I can’t print it (it’s a positive slide film). This is one of the resulting photos. It was ever so slightly out of focus, but Aurélie’s smile was so nice that I thought it would make a perfect vintage shot. I post-processed it in Snapseed and I think the result looks decidedly vintage.
Banishment, Polish Style
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/40s, ISO 125
Walking around Warsaw’s Old Town I tried to capture some interesting street scenes. Of course, the contrast between the religious statue on the side of one of the many churches and the urban style clothing of the man in front caught my eye… Shot on Ilford FP4+.
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/500s, ISO 125
Whenever I have a little bit of time travelling, I’ll aim for two things besides interesting spots to photograph: jazz concert venues if it’s evening and second-hand record stores if it’s daytime. In Dublin I found directions to Freebird Records, a great find. But I got a photo out of it too! Shot on Ilford FP4+ film.
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/2.2, 1/80s, ISO 1250
Pedro Kouyaté is an intense musician in all meanings of the word intense. There are magical moments in his live sets where he seems to lose himself in his music, which I suppose is the whole point about transe music in the first place. Check him out live if you ever get the chance! The photo was edited in Lightroom 5 with XeL 2.0‘s Agfa Scala emulation.
Chatting on the Stairs
Canon A2, 50mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 125 (Ilford FP4+)
As I was walking around Trinity College on this gorgeous sunny day last June, I saw these students chatting and reading textbooks on the stairs of one of the buildings, and despite the somewhat unseemly garbage bin I decided to shoot. I’m glad I did, there’s an interesting imbalance in the symmetry of the shot that I find quite appealing.
Canon A2, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 125
I have a fascination with doors. This is a door from Trinity College in Dublin, shot on Ilford FP4+ film.
Bruce Cox is the drummer of Fred Wesley’s new JBs, and he seeps funk through every pore…