These arches at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park truly are a photographer’s dream: the light, the contrast, the symmetry, and the people all contribute to make great pictures. I was very pleased with the colour rendering of one of these (Walking the Dog in Style) but also found it really worked in black and white.
As I walked the cold streets of Manhattan I saw a lot of people sitting on the side streets. This guy was commenting on everyone passing him, not in an agressive way, more in a cordial way. I liked him, so I decided to immortalize him in black and white.
*The Pancake Man*
Fuji TX2 + Superia xtra 800
At the very end of my stroll through old macau, on Largo de Senado I spotted this street food vendor who was making Chinese pancakes on demand. It looked delicious, but sadly we had just finished eating lunch and were feeling not at all hungry…
Despite over 100 years of British presence, Hong Kong has very little architecturally that points to Britain. Old Macau on the other hand is an absolute blend of Chinese and Portuguese. Some streets look so Portuguese it’s astounding, especially when the sun is shining like in Lisbon.
*At the Temple Gate*
The A-Ma Temple is a wonderful hillside religious complex in Macau, very old and very atmospheric. In front of the Temple gate this old lady was begging and she looked like something out of a folk story with the stone lion on her side…
As I was walking towards Embarcadero, I stumbled upon this guy, reading a paperback. He looked so cool and relaxed, I just had to snap.
I was in San Francisco just after the wildfires started in Northern California, and while the smog was not too bad (it got worse after I left) there was a distinct feel of Shanghai that kept triggering memories. Of course the catastrophic levels of particulates experienced during this event was our norm when we were in Shanghai, which is frightening in and of itself, but…
*Homeless in San Francisco*
Before I landed in San Francisco I was told by several people that the homeless problem had become much much worse. Apart from a (frankly not reassuring) walk through the Tenderloin as I was going to a meeting I’m not sure I felt it was worse than the last time I was around, but it sure is bad. I loved the positive message that this guy was broadcasting though.
*Loitering in Chinatown*
San Francisco’s Chinatown is a fascinating cultural blend that I never appreciated so much as I do now that I’ve lived in China. I pick references and spot things that I never paid attention to before. The veiled sunlight due to the California fires added a subdued atmosphere to the place, and this shot reminded me of Shanghai, but with more space around.
*The Best Commute*
As I was walking the Brooklyn Bridge that morning taking photos in the glorious dawn light, I was overtaken by this guy, clearly on his way to work. And I thought, « isn’t that just the best route ever to go to work ? »