Canon EOS 7D, 80mm, f/2, 1/100s, ISO 800
The fabulous French big band Bigre! has a song on their repertoire called Be Good Bluesy Johnny which is at heart an interplay between barytone sax and blues guitar. There’s a break in the middle of the song when the band suddenly goes 12-bars-ish and the guitar starts wailing. It’s orgasmic. The first time I heard this time was when I went to see Bigre! live for their latest album release party. This is the precise moment when Nicolas Mondon launched into his solo.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.6, 1/80s, ISO 1250
Shooting bassist James Singleton on that Stanton Moore Trio gig was quite tricky: he had a music stand just in front of the bass. Thankfully after a while I managed to move a bit and the 24MP capability of the X-Pro2 allowed me to do severe cropping. The hair and the hand make the photo, I think (I hope ?)
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/100s, ISO 2000
Last summer I had the incredible luck of arriving in Paris just the day that the Stanton Moore Trio had been playing the Duc des Lombards. I was there, first row, with Stanton not 3 meters away from me. It wasn’t an easy set-up for photos, but the music was fantastic, and I did get a few interesting shots anyway.
Sunset over Causeway Bay
One of the things I quickly noticed upon arriving in Hong Kong is the quality of light. In Shanghai the light was mostly flat, in France it often is too. Here the light is powerful and direct when the sky is bue, different but no less interesting when there are clouds. It’s a photographer’s delight as this sunset shot taken from the window of my son’s room hopefully shows.
In certain streets when you look straight up, you see the jagged edges of buildings nearly on all sides. It’s a very impressive sight and one that I’ve only seen here.
Walking the streets of Hong Kong offers tons of photo opportunities, but not just in the street genre. If you start looking upwards you see a whole lot of interesting lines and textures. As the only camera I always have with me is the iPhone, I’ve been shooting a fair bit of it these last few weeks. This one is from Causeway Bay.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/4, 1/800s, ISO 200
For this last shot I went pretty far on the grungy post-treatment, using lots of scratching and dirtying in Analog Efex 2. Some might thing it’s too much, but I quite like it.
Fuji X-Pro2, 56mm, f/4, 1/800s, ISO 200
There’s a fishman character in the Hellboy comic called Abe Sapien. When I was processing this shot I couldn’t help thinking it looked a bit like him, so I called it Abe…
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/4, 1/750s, ISO 200
There’s a roleplaying game called Apocalypse World that has a woman with a red gas mask on the cover. Dogan wanted to emulate that and he had a red T-Shirt so he wrapped it around his head. We took a few shots and then I told him to drop the T-Shirt and do a shot bare-chested. This one is my favourite.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/4, 1/280s, ISO 200
When I shot this series I was worried that everyone would look the same (since the faces are not exactly visible). So it becomes about other things: accessories, postures, post-processing, etc. In the end a fair number of the 29 photos are interesting in their own right.