St George’s, Bloomsbury
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400
Did I mention I loved columns? Obviously, this is less spectacular than this kind of shot, but the white columns on darker background make for a really interesting composition (I think). I think ideally this photo could have been enhanced with heavy rain, but for once it wasn’t raining in London!
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 320
In the last 6 months I have taken to walking a lot. When I was in London I did most of my inner city travels walking, which of course is great for street photography. Somewhere between Shoreditch and Covent Garden I saw this street window that I thought was just great: the old design, the bikes in front, everything. I normally try to have a human subject in my street photos but here I felt the shop window was a character in and of itself.
Movable Reclining Chair
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 640
It was early morning in Shoreditch, and when I saw this guy I knew I had a good shot. I managed to creep close enough and capture this picture. We see a lot of guys sleeping on their bikes here in Asia, but none so comfortably.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 1600
I am often attracted to interesting facades, and of course in order to make the pictures more accessible it’s good to have a subject into the frame beyond the building itself. As a consequence I’m very aware that many of my so-called street shots follow a similar composition. It’s something I’ve just started working on, but man are lines addictive…
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 250
London is all about english breakfasts and black and white. Well, amongst other things. There’s something about London that lends itself to black & white. Maybe it’s the weather…
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s ISO 640
One of the secrets of street photography (at least how I practice it) is spotting little things that clash. As I was walking past this posh luggage store on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré I saw this man focused on his mobile and this idea popped in my head that he might be buying luggage online…
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/210s, ISO 200
Believe it or not, despite having lived in or near Paris for close to two decades, I never went to the Père Lachaise cemetery, probably the most famous one in Paris. During my last trip there I took advantage of a sunny Saturday morning to correct that. Unlike the Montparnasse cemetery which I visited last year, the Père Lachaise is much wilder. There are very well curated areas, but it also has its share of ruined lots. My favourite.
From the Shadows to the Pyramid
Fuji x100f, 35mm, F/4, 1/100s, ISO 400
The old Louvres is a wonderful piece of architecture, and I was one of those who for a long time though the glass Pyramid was a mistake. But actually the contrast it creates is really interesting, and this is what I tried to show here.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 200
Walking down Faubourg Saint-Honoré and from afar I started seeing bits of this facade. I was pretty stunned when I finally saw the whole thing, and I was clearly not the only one (although most of the others seemed to be Japanese tourists).
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 3200
I have always had this fascination for architectural alignments: colonnades, footbridges, tunnels. And the area in Paris around the Louvres is great for such photos, except advertising seems to have invaded all those alignments on Rue de Rivoli. Thankfully, the Comédie Française (our national theatre) is having none of that, and I was able to shoot this in front of the entrance last week.