Scrapers within Scrapers
Minox 35ML, Ilford FP4+
High risers are so dense in Hong Kong that with the right light you can see them all reflected within each other. This is something I was fascinated by early on when I arrived in Hong Kong, and I did many such shots. This is one of the best despite (or maybe because of) the minimalist setup of the Minox.
Buildings within Buildings
Fuji xpro2, f/2.8, 45mm, 1/100s, ISO 2500
So many skyscrapers in Hong Kong means that with the right angle, you get refllections of buildings in the facades of other buildings. I love that. It’s so Hong Kong.
When in Rome, expect Roman columns…
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 2500
There aren’t that many cities where you can really explore vertical perspectives. Tokyo is one of them and with this shot I was aiming to do just that.
Cold Urban Jungle
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/11, 17s, ISO 1000
In Tokyo I was in the Shimbashi area by accident, but I loved the vertical nature of the city around there. Cold, to be sure, but multi-level with elevated pedestrian platforms everywhere and great perspectives…
St George’s, Bloomsbury
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400
Did I mention I loved columns? Obviously, this is less spectacular than this kind of shot, but the white columns on darker background make for a really interesting composition (I think). I think ideally this photo could have been enhanced with heavy rain, but for once it wasn’t raining in London!
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 3200
I have always had this fascination for architectural alignments: colonnades, footbridges, tunnels. And the area in Paris around the Louvres is great for such photos, except advertising seems to have invaded all those alignments on Rue de Rivoli. Thankfully, the Comédie Française (our national theatre) is having none of that, and I was able to shoot this in front of the entrance last week.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1000
I love Stockholm’s architecture, this mix of hanseatic houses and neo-roman columns. This is a building I love just as you enter Gamla Stan from the castle side.
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/340s, ISO 200
I had a few hours to kill before my flight from Los Angeles back to Asia, and a friend recommended I check out the Walt Disney Concert Hall for some really interesting photo opportunities. It was an excellent recommendation, and while this is one of the most abstract shots I got, it’s really worth seeing. After some consideration, I decided to leave the lens flare in for added effect.
Broken Stone of Beng Mealea
Fuji Xpro2, 30mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1250
Besides the well known sites around Angkot Wat and Angkor Thom, there are dozens, possibly hundreds of other sites near Siem Reap in various states of disrepair. Beng Mealea was only recently opened to visitors and has not been restored at all. It’s fascinating both because it gives a sense of what the more famous temples must have looked like before restoration and because it truly feels abandoned.