Canon EOS 7D, 32mm, f/4, 1/4s, ISO 1000
In yesterday’s shot, Anaïs expressed fright perfectly, in today’s shot Aurélie does frightening perfectly. This one has gone through a number of iterations, but I keep coming back to a relatively simple black & white that I find particularly powerful.
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/4, 0,3s, ISO 1000
Continuing on my revisitation of the 1930s session I did for Dreamhounds, here is a portrait of Anaïs that I reworked (again) using old processes emulations. I asked Anaïs to express fright, and I believe she managed to do that wonderfully.
Three Willies, Old Style
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/8, 1,3s, ISO 1000
Another shot from the 1930s session that I ran last year for the Dreamhounds of Paris book. This one did make it in the book (I think), but in a different format. Because Guillaume was wearing a top hat I thought this one would work as an old process emulation, more 1890s than 1930s. Oh, and sorry about the bad pun, since the model is called Guillaume (William in English), it was too tempting…
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/4, 1/5s, ISO 2000
Today’s shot requires a little more explanation than I normally give, but bear with me a moment and all will be made clear. About 18 months ago, I had a conversation with the good people at Pelgrane Press about a role-playing game supplement they were working on based in Surrealist Paris. I did a series of shoots with models costumed as the period dictated, but they weren’t surreal enough, so I started experimenting with collages and double exposures. The book, entitled Dreamhounds of Paris is being released next month, and some of my pictures are featured. I thought I would share some of my favourite, both those that weren’t used and some of those that were. This is one of the ones that didn’t make it.
Nostalgie de Paris
Canon A2, 50mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 200
Film: Agfa Scala 200
Just before the summer I finished a roll of one of my favorite slide film: Agfa Scala 200. I remember walking back to St Lazare, past Trinité and thinking the alignment of the Metro sign with the Trinité Church bell-tower would make an interesting composition. Months later, after scanning the film, I have to agree with my past self. I’m in two minds whether the slight aperture blur of the Church is too much, just right or not enough, but I guess it’ll give me an excuse to experiment further next time I’m in Paris.
Canon 7D, 96mm, f/4, 1/800s, ISO 800
I’ve always loved flea markets, and the pleasure of discovering completely different flea markets here in Shanghai is even greater than back in France. One of the things I love about them is repetition, the accumulation of identical (or similar) objects which makes for interesting photographic patterns. I was intrigued by those coins that have Chinese markings on one side and the US motto on the other. Probably from the colonial concession era.
Buddha in the Clouds
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/11, 1/400s, ISO 200
This is another shot of the Buddha Dordenma in Thimpu, Bhutan. A truly impressive piece of architecture. One of the most surprising aspects to me was the notion that this would be built today. I can’t imagine a cathedral being built in France today in the style of the medieval cathedrals, yet this is, in essence, what it is. It’s one of those moments when I realize that spirituality truly means something else in Asia.
Canon 7D, 320mm, f/4, 1/320s, ISO 1600
Some types of musicians are just hard to shoot: pianists are a particular challenge, I find. No so drummers. By definition, there’s always something going on and the instrument itself is a natural frame. Having said that, while it’s easy to visualise the shot, it’s actually devilishly hard to execute sometimes: getting the eyes open, the drumsticks up and a good facial expression altogether at the same time (not to mention a sharp shot, since drummers are often at the back, so your zoom is all the way out…) Anyway, when it works, it’s rewarding, and I really like this shot of Snarky Puppy drummer Larnell Lewis. Especially the sweat dripping down his backlit temples, that was the unexpected bonus.
Snarky guitar drenched in light
Canon EOS 7D, 85mm, f/3.2 , 1/250s, ISO 1600
Last week-end I was lucky enough to attend the JZ Festival, an annual jazz event in the heart of Shanghai. It featured a ton of talented artists but the one that had me the most excited was Snarky Puppy, a band I discovered recently and fell completely in love with. I was standing very near the front with a good 70-200 zoom and took a ton of cool shots which I’ll be sharing this week (for those who cannot wait, the full album is on Flickr here). Guitarist Bob Lanzetti was standing a little bit to my right and at times he was literally bathed in light. I managed to capture the picture above in the middle of a cool solo.
One Night in Bangkok
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 1250
I was in Bangkok for work this week, first time there in 25 years. I had way too little time for photography, sadly, but I managed to catch this photo from the back of a tuk-tuk and even though it’s slightly blurry and very grainy, I think it perfectly translated the night atmosphere of Bangkok. I hope you like it too, don’t hesitate to comment if you do!