I love tuk-tuks. Sure, it can be a bit scary at times, but you experience the hustle and bustle of the city so much more vividly in a tuk-tuk. I often take photos from the side, most of them wasted because we’re moving too fast. I also try to frame the drivers in their mirrors, and last time I was in Bangkok I got a nice one (I thought) driving into the sunset.
*Dublin in a Sphere*
Canon A2 + Ilford FP4+
I can’t for the life of me remember exactly what I shot here. I remember it was a sunny day in Dublin, and I think it was a silver sphere in a shot window but looking at the photo I’m not quite sure. Still, there’s something properly surreal about this (undoctored) photo, so I thought I’d share it.
Canon A2 + Cinestill 800T
More Mong Kok in the rain. I love how suddenly the tarmac becomes an unpolished mirror
*Wet in Hong-Kong*
Canon A2 + Cinestill 800T
With neon lights such as those in Mong Kok (and many other places in HK) reflections are a strong possibility. But when it’s raining, it becomes more than a possibility, and sometimes it’s everything! During this Cinestill 800T film photowalk, we were all looking for interesting reflections, and I was really please capturing this one.
Ricoh GR1 + Ilford FP4+
This was my first roll with the Ricoh GR1, and I wasted some of it by not understanding how the snap mode works (it’s kind of a hyperfocal pre-focus) but in this instance it worked for me by focusing on the guy inside the window chopping roast duck rather than on the window itself. The unexpected bonus was the third focal plane of the reflection of the street coming out so well. Really like this.
*The Temple and the Pinetree*
The weather wasn’t exactly the best when I visited the Kinkaku-jin, also known as the Golden Temple in Kyoto. But maybe that overcast subdued light contributes to a certain atmosphere that a blazing temple in the bright light might not have conveyed. It was overcrowded when we got there, but I immediately spotted the pinetree on its little island as a possible call and response to the temple itself, hence the title and the composition.
*Squared and Rounded*
La Villette in Paris is a great parc, very modern, with industrial buildings including La Géode, this spherical cinema that is all shiny from the outside. The main building reflections into it in a really interesting way.
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.
Aesclepius Wakes Up
Fuji xpro-2, 60mm, f/13, 8.5s, ISO 200
When I was in Rome for work last year I discovered the Temple of Aesclepius in the Villa Borghese, by the side of a little lake. Back then I had neither tripod nor zoom lens, so this time I came prepared. I went there early morning, after the sun was up, but not too high on the sky. I used an ND400 filter to get this 8 second exposure, and I’m very pleased with the result, basked in glorious morning light.