Hand in the Shadows
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO 1600
As one would expect, there were a lot of churches in Valencia, but my favourite was clearly Santa Catalina. Unlike the fancier cathedral, it felt like having macerated for a while, with bordeline creepy iconography. This statue (and the resulting shadow) struck me.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/150s, ISO 200
The statuary in cemeteries is rarely joyful, but often offers great opportunities for compositions. This is what I tried to do here, framing the statue of the weeping widow in context.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 200
Despite living over 10 years near or in Paris I had never walked around the Père Lachaise Cemetary. I strongly recommend it, it’s quite spectacular, in a low-key an occasionally macabre way.
Fuji xpro2, 50mm, f/2, 1/2400s, ISO 200
I was wandering the streets of Bordeaux when I stumbled upon this statue of Roman era poet and statesman Ausone. He was born in Bordeaux, apparently, but Italian football fans didn’t care, they made him their own!
The Lion and the Round Door
Fuji x100s, 35mm
A scene typical of what you will find in Yu Garden, walking around a corner into a little square. The labyrinth like gardens hide many surprises.
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 1600
Film: Fuji Superia 1600
I have something of an obsession for this statue just outside the St Lazare train station in Paris. It’s called « L’Heure pour Tous » (Time for Everybody) and I shot it a lot a few years ago, trying to find interesting compositions and integrating the pigeons when I could. With the vertical panorama, I had to fill the foreground, which these two passers-by kindly did for me. Since the statue was refurbished, it’s now golden, which I don’t like as much as when it was black. But I have to say, with a bright color film, it certainly sparkles!
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/300s, ISO 200
Venice is ripe with street photo opportunities, and when I saw this couple seated under the statue of a saint alongside Santa Maria del Giglio, I knew I had a good shot despite the high contrast.
Buddha in the Clouds
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/11, 1/400s, ISO 200
This is another shot of the Buddha Dordenma in Thimpu, Bhutan. A truly impressive piece of architecture. One of the most surprising aspects to me was the notion that this would be built today. I can’t imagine a cathedral being built in France today in the style of the medieval cathedrals, yet this is, in essence, what it is. It’s one of those moments when I realize that spirituality truly means something else in Asia.
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/8, 1/1000s, ISO800
The Buddha Dordenma is probably the most impressive manmade thing I saw while in Bhutan. It overlooks the capital city of Thimphu, and actually isn’t finished yet (the insides will ultimately be a temple, but that’s not done yet). I took this shot from a moving bus and was quite please it came out so well. In fact, I suspect it’s my best shot from Bhutan. If you’re interested in a print, get in touch!
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 640
Walking through Gamla Stan in Stockholm near dusk I found this marvelous statue with the latin text backdrop. I wish I’d had a telephoto lens and a high vantage points for a really shallow depth of field shot, but failing that, this will do.