*The Glitter of the Fake Tower*
I love doing long exposure shots and light trails, so when I saw the fake Eiffel tower glittering at night I knew I had to find a spot to do such an exposure. I had to give it six or seven try outs before I got this one (not matter what they say, a gorillapod on a lamppost is not a very stable setup) but I finally got this one and I was happy. Added bonus: unlike photos of the real Eiffel tower lights, this one is probably not illegal.
There’s a lot of « fake American » in Asia: things (places, objects, foods) that look superficially American, but are in reality what Asian restaurateurs or entertainers think the American thing is when quite often it’s not. Not necessarily a bad thing, and rather fun provided you don’t expect the real thing. This diner though was so over the top that it made us laugh real hard. Only in Macau.
Studio City is one of the massive hotel and casino complexes in Macau, this one themed around movies. I was immediately struck by the gigantic statues at the front which made me think at the same time of retro-futurist designs and of a classic comic metropolis. I hope there’s no copyright on Ultraman, but I felt that was a good name for this guy.
*Paris-Venise à Macao*
A couple of week-ends ago we went to Macau for the first time. I’d been to Vegas (once) so I kind of new what to expect, at least as far as the kitsch side of Macau was concerned. Still, the clash of the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop to Venetian buildings with tropical greens at the forefront is not something you see everyday!
Under the Deep Blue Sky
The Altiplano is so high that the sky is a deep deep blue and the light is super harsh. This makes lit whites super white (as on the left here) and shadows super dark (as in the middle and the right). Our Lady of Copacabana is all whitewashed, but when I got there, late morning, not all of it was lit, causing these stark contrasts that I like.
Canal Grocery Store
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 500
There’s a whole parallel economy going on on the canals of Bangkok. More often than not it seems you’re not going to the grocery store, the grocery store is coming to you. But they’ve got to stock up somewhere…
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4, 1/500s, ISO 320
To be entirely frank, our time in the Mekong doesn’t carry with it so many good memories. The weather was awful (despite this being the dry season), two of my kids were ill most of the trip… It wasn’t great. But looking back at the photos, I feel like I captured a little of the spirit of the place (and yes, I realise this woman is ferrying sunhats for the tourists, but at least she’s doing it in a traditional-ish way…)
Monks at the Souvenir Store
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4, 1/1200s, ISO 800
I only stayed a few days in Bhutan and it was for work, but I would dearly love to go again, so entranced was I by the little sights I managed to get. One of the things that you see more than anywhere there is Bhuddist Monks. Even in front of souvenir shops.
Entering Humayun’s Tomb
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/7.1, 1/800s, ISO 400
The only time I had the leisure of visiting a bit of Dehli, I went to Humayun’s Tomb and spent a good amount of time there. It’s a marvelous place, and one of the things I loved was these alignments of portals, identically shaped. I need to go back to India…
Fuji Xpro-2, 50mm, f/4, 1/3000s, ISO 200
Truth be told, it’s hard to find anything authentic in Bali, especially in or around Kuta. The area is so devoted to tourism that it feels like very little remains of what Bali must have been originally. And yet I spotted this rare local fisherman pulling his net in. He was definitely not there for tourists.