Having taken a photo from the inside of an open courtyard in Vienna (Skywards), I did the same a few days later in Lyon. What I like about this one is that the angles are all a little skewed. It feels less geometric and a little more haphazard.
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…
I’m not sure there’s anything typically Viennese in this vertical view of a building’s inside court. But I really liked the perspective it offered and the geometry of the courtyard itself, the windows and the way the light hits them.
*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 Girl with the Goose*
XPAN + Kodak Ektar 100
Walking down one of Vienna’s main commercial arteries I stumbled upon this fountain with a statue on top, called « Gänsemädchenbrunnen », litterally the fountain of the girl with the goose (I think). I tried several different approached to capture both the statue and the perspective behind, and the width of the XPAN is what finally got me there. I wish the building at the back on the right hadn’t been wrapped, but what are you gonna do?
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 !
As I was walking down the road leading from my hotel to the old city center in Vienna, I saw this beautiful church (Mariahilf) with a statue in front. I didn’t know who the statue was until the internet later gave me the answer : it represents Austrian composer Josef Haydn.
Some of the hotels in Luijazui is Shanghai are downright crazy. This one is inside the Jin Mao tower, which is only the third highest tower in Shanghai. There’s an inner shaft, and from the 80th floor, this is what it looks like (the lobby is only the 35th or 40th, can’t remember exactly.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Cinestill BWX250)
I got some gorgeous weather in Paris for a February month when I was there, and had my XPAN with me at all times. I walked a lot and this shot of the Panthéon in the 5th arrondissement was one of my favourites.
*Weeping for Notre-Dame*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Agfa CT100
We tend to take so many things for granted that are, in fact, fickle and fragile. I woke up this morning to the news that Notre-Dame had burnt during the night. It makes me more sad than I can say. This is the latest shot of Notre-Dame I took a few weeks ago when I was in Paris. It’s not the best shot, and it certainly doesn’t do this magnificent monument justice, but it is a memory of something that is no more. Let us all enjoy what we have to the fullest : while we might think these things will always be there, that is just not the case.