This was an early attempt at neon night photography that I never published. Looking back into it, I quite ilke the photo, especially the way that the light hits the face of the man standing on the left.
*Buffaloes at Dawn*
Last week the family went for a three day break in Mui Wo. I of course packed my medium format film cameras and woke up for dawn one morning. The water buffaloes were gathered on the beach, and I took several photos of the heard with my Fuji GW690iii which proved to be spectacular failures due to fogging on the lens. Thankfully I backed these shots with the X100F because it allowed me to get closer. There’s a fair amount of noise, but at least the colours and the scene are preserved.
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…
*Gloria in Excelsis Deo*
As I think I have said before, I’m not a believer in any faith, but I am fascinated with religion as a social construct and as a photographic subject. One of the things that always (in my mind) represents a tension is the amount of effort and money that has gone (historically) into representing the glory of god. In Western Europe this is mostly true of Catholic churches, but of course it applies equally in other parts of the world and to other religions. Still, as a photographer it’s hard to deny that these displays make for good subjects!
*The House of Upper Austria*
At first when I walked past this door, I was attracted by the caryatids. Then the name struck me OÖ Haus, that’s a bit weird ? By the time I put my camera up, this stripy shirted guy walked past. I knew he wasn’t French, no baguette nor beret. Still, a fun shot. Oh and I just googled OÖ and apparently it’s the acronym for Upper Austria.
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 !
*Under the Gaze of Gods*
As you would expect, Vienna is full of classical architecture, and while I was a little bit shocked at times as to how much the city has let modern brands mar the facades, some pieces of architecture are mostly unscathed. This statue of (I’m assuming) some Greek gods quite appealed to me, and just then the ticket salesman walked past, talking on his phone with his little trolley…