*Incense for Tin Hau*
There’s a temple to Tin Hau just down my street. It’s interesting in more than one way, but the most fascinating fact (to me) is that it used to be by the shore. With reclaimed land it’s now at least half a mile from the shore ! There are often offerings, incense or burning candles in front, and I tried to compose the incense brazier with the temple in the background.
Walking the tiny streets of La Paz looking for souvenirs and typical stuff I saw all kinds of things both wonderful (like these bead necklaces) and grotesque (like dried llama foetuses to bury under your new home for good luck). The most important thing to me was that although the street stalls catered for tourists, they also catered for locals and it all felt real. I tried to capture that in this quasi-abstract shot.
Bathed in Red
The icons of Chinese religion are so different from anything western that I find them utterly fascinating. I guess you can see how Christian missionaries might have thought these to be demons…
Fuji xpro-2, 50mm, f/2, 1/110s, ISO 200
Temples and, sometimes, houses in Bali are often protected by guardian statues called Bedogol in Balinese. I loved their fearsome look, their coiffes and the fact that they all carried a mean looking mace in one of their hands. This one (in font of the Petitenget temple) was covered in moss, and added bonus in my book.
iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, 1/100s, ISO 40
The Banyan trees in Hong Kong fascinate me. They’re everywhere, and will seemingly grow over anything. I shoot their roots whenever I can.
Fuji X-Pro 2, 45mm, f/4, 1/10s, ISO 6400
Just next to where I live – in Tai Hang – is a tiny temple full of character. It’s very dark inside, and when I went there with my fastest lens (the 85mm 1.4) I realised I couldn’t shoot anything, it was too small ! So I used my stabilized 15-55 at the maximum workable settings (very slow, high ISO) and this is what came out. Quite proud of that one, and it really shows a side of Hong Kong that tourists rarely get to see.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/13, 1/9s, ISO 200
There’s something fascinating about red peppers. Maybe it’s because they are so unbelievably red, or maybe it’s because they look so nice and shiny and end being so deliciously evil. I like peppers…
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 2500
In one of the numerous AirBnB rooms I stayed in last year, this mask was hanging in the back wall of the toilet room. The gold on red thing and the way the shadow from the lamp was hitting the wall struck me and so I shot this minimalist shot.
Münchausen in Montparnasse
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/8000s, ISO 200
There are many interesting statues and busts in the Cimetière du Montparnasse. This one struck me with its resemblance to the Baron Münchausen in Terry Gilliam’s movie.
Rest in Peace
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/240s, ISO 200
This is one of those shots that would probably benefit from being pure B&W: there’s very little colour to begin with. But I think B&W would give it more harshness than what I was looking for, so I kept it in these super low-key grey/pink tones. Tell me what you think.