*Under the Gaze of Gods*
As you would expect, Vienna is full of classical architecture, and while I was a little bit shocked at times as to how much the city has let modern brands mar the facades, some pieces of architecture are mostly unscathed. This statue of (I’m assuming) some Greek gods quite appealed to me, and just then the ticket salesman walked past, talking on his phone with his little trolley…
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.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1600
Because certain parts of urban Hong Kong Island are so steep and the roads are by necessity long and winding, you see a lot of these stairways cutting from the lower part of a curved road to the upper part. Great concept, and a cool timesaver if you’re going down. Not so much when you’re going up. And this is by no means the longest I’ve seen.
Westminster on Thames
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 400
Kodak T-Max 400
I’ve been to London many times, but under a nice sun it’s a city that never fails to charm me. I was staying at a hotel near Westminster and that morning went to a meeting at Victoria station on foot just for the chance to take advantage of the sun. By the time I got back form the meeting, said sun had gone…
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Shanghai from the Top
Fuji TX2 (XPAN 2), f/8, 1/60s, ISO 100
Film: Agfa CT 100
The Shanghai World Financial Center (aka the Bottle Opener) is the tallest Shanghai building you can currently go to. The observation deck is on the 100th floor at around 470m high. The view from up there is spectacular and dizzying at the same time. I was shooting through a tainted window, so I had to work around nasty reflections and only a few shots on the roll made it. They all have this blue colour cast, but I find it interesting nonetheless. Another slide roll that I quite like.
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/13, 30s, ISO 400
Shanghai’s Pudong, though not very representative of Shanghai is an impressive architectural mass, and seen from the Bund opposite it’s quite a photo opportunity. I did a whole series that evening, and will be publishing a few more in the coming weeks.
One of my earliest attempts at « ghosting » silhouettes. Same session as Les Fantômes du Pont des Arts.
Shanghai has some impressive buildings, and in the fog and gloom I got to think about some Lord of the Rings imagery…
To say that Shanghai is occasionally smoggy would be an understatement. In this shot I tried to capture this near constant haze that encases the city.
Le Pont des Arts is a famous footbridge in Paris, particularly popular with young lovers. It crosses from the Louvres to the Institut de France. I was trying to shoot it in a way that was different from all the classic shots.