Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + JCH 400
One of the amazing things with the xpan’s wide format shots is their cinematic quality. Scenes that would look bland in standard 2:3 format acquire a certain quality through the width alone. Case in point: the eye here is drawn to each individual because there are so many in this narrow strip.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + JCH400
Didn’t have much time for photography on my last London trip, but I wanted to try out JCH400 film. I was staying at Marble Arch so I walked around Hyde Park at lunchtime until I stumbled upon this bird invasion. I quite like the contrast on this film, it’s good for 400 ISO film, although I think I still like Tri-X a little bit better.
*Angel in the Woods*
The comparison will probably sound strange, but at times, with those statues and tombs lost in the middle of the wilds, Highgate Cemetery reminded me of some of the more obscure ruins near Siem Reap, with stone overrun by vegetation.
Lots of interesting angel statues at Highgate Cemetery, and I think the snow really enhanced some of them visually…
*Circle of Lebanon*
At the top of Highgate Cemetary West, there’s a beautiful Lebanon Cedar Tree under which a circle of crypts were dug, hence the name, Circle of Lebanon. Quite spectacular place.
*There’s no getting out*
In Highgate Cemetary West you can visit the Terrace Catacombs, which are underhill but nowhere near as deep or creepy as the Paris or Rome catacombs. Still, it’s quite atmospheric, and this little iron gate overlooking the outside world spoke to me…
*Angels & Crosses*
Whenever my travels for work give me an opportunity to get away from it all, I try to grab it, as a compensation for the hours of flight and discomfort. I recently heard about Highgate Cemetary in London and I wanted to walk around there. I was lucky that on the day I went there, a few hours before my flight home, it had snowed and some of the snow remained. Anyway, the angel statues and the derelict state of the cemetary both appealed to me.
Diagonal of Light
Early morning light is the best. And sometimes, as you walk past a place that the evening before looked as nondescript as could be, you stumble upon a shot. I love this one. Not only the diagonal of light, but the shadow of the walking subject and the London Brick backdrop…
As I was walking towards a meeting in Pall Mall I walked passed St Martin in the Fields, and never having gone inside, decided to give it a try. It may look sober compared to the churches and cathedrals I’m used to in Paris, but there’s something soothing in that, even to an atheist like me. Anyway, I decided it was worth a shot. Only later did I notice the man silently praying on the right hand side of the shot.
Very close to Covent Garden, there was this building in the process of being renovated. Massive space, beautiful ceilings, no idea what it was before. Love the oval windows…