Fuji XPRO2, 50mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Because the Ceux Qui Marchent Debout gig in April was a record release party there were many guests on stage. One of these was a trumpet player with a really beat up trumpet (you can’t see it here because of the plunger) but boy did he have a clear and powerful sound (not that Bruno, the official CQMD trumpet player doesn’t!) I’m assuming he was an old band member, but I couldn’t catch his name. So he’s the mystery horn.
Fuji XPRO2, 85mm, f/2.8, 1/80s, ISO 1600
I have a particular photographic fondness for sousaphone players. The bizarre shape and sheer size of their instruments makes for very graphic photos if you can catch their face in the middle of the twisted brass. This is Roufi of the fantastic funk band Ceux Qui Marchent Debout.
Ounsa’s Golden Voice
Fuji xpro2, 85mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600
The launch party for Ceux Qui Marchent Debout‘s new CD Don’t Be Shy was a blast musically. Photographically speaking it was a double challenge: it was the first gig I shot with my new Fuji xpro2, and the New Morning in Paris is not the best scene for photos. It took me a while to get my settings right and get a feel for the camera in low-light. The Fujinon 56mm f/1.2 is a stunning lens in general but its AF is slow, especially in low light (whereas the Fujinon 35mm f/2 performed flawlessly). Anyway, all this to say that I really started getting good shots once the guests showed up on stage. This is the fantastic singer Ounsa Mébarkia, and probably my favorite shot of the evening, even though it doesn’t feature any of the members of the band I was there to listen to.
Fuji X-Pro2, 50mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 640
Models: Michel, Anaïs
This shot was probably the most fun to shoot during the Unknown Armies session. Anaïs was so much into it that the drill bit actually hurt Michel a bit, so his frightened expression is not entirely fake.
Fuji XPro-2, 85mm, f/2, 1/160s, ISO 200
Anaïs was an absolute trooper that evening, ready to try every crazy idea I had for deranging shots, and even suggesting a good few herself. This is one I like a lot (again, an outtake from the main thing, but one that gives a very different feel from the submitted shot.) This is also the only shot that I submitted without any texturing or grunging up, the light was just so great naturally.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/2, 1/160s, ISO 200
Another weird Unknown Armies outtakes shot, going for a kind of Clive Barker vibe but always with this disturbing contrast between the softness of the light and the harshness of the subject.
Piles of Cash
Fujifilm XPR2, 90mm, f/10, 1/15s, ISO 200
One thing you quickly realize living in China is that in a (mostly) cash based society, you end up with a lot of loose change in your pockets. I put 1Y coins in a couple of bowls in my office, and they’re pretty darn full by now. But it’s nice if you want to shoot money…
Fujifilm XPRO2, 90mm, f/13, 1/10s, ISO 200
One of the things I’ve been shooting in that little lightbox of mine lately has been my daughter’s toys. This is a rainbow teddy bear I got for her in Thailand (I think). I like the way the white background makes the bright colours explode.
Hot, hot, hot!
Fuji xpro2, 90mm, f/13, 1/5s, ISO 200
I’ve been doing a fair bit of still life photography lately, particularly for a book on Chinese fruits and vegetables to be released this summer. When we were buying the subjects in a wet market near my home, I couldn’t resist buying a bunch of really red peppers. This is one of the shots of these peppers.