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.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1250
I’d never been to the Musée de l’Homme but last time I was in Paris there was a photo expo there and I walked around the museum at dusk. The architecture and statues are interesting, but when a bird landed on one of the statues I knew I had my shot.
Fuji xpro-2, 50mm, f/2, 1/110s, ISO 200
Temples and, sometimes, houses in Bali are often protected by guardian statues called Bedogol in Balinese. I loved their fearsome look, their coiffes and the fact that they all carried a mean looking mace in one of their hands. This one (in font of the Petitenget temple) was covered in moss, and added bonus in my book.
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.