Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 2500
In one of the numerous AirBnB rooms I stayed in last year, this mask was hanging in the back wall of the toilet room. The gold on red thing and the way the shadow from the lamp was hitting the wall struck me and so I shot this minimalist shot.
Too much going on
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 400
Readability is considered a great virtue in photographic composition: if the viewer understands what’s going on, he’s much more likely to be engaged with the photograph. There is another school of thought though that argues that the more the viewer needs to immerse himself in the photograph, the more he is engaged. I guess this photo is of the latter sort, with at least three, possibly four separate things happening.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/75s, ISO 200
Sometimes you know when you take a shot that it’s going to be a good one. This was one of those times. I’ve tried to capture this moment when temple visitors light their incense sticks many times, but I’d never really nailed it until then.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 1000
One of the things I love about Buddhist temples is that there’s always something going on, people praying or burning incense, and it’s all very relaxed, unstructured. Very different from what we expect to see in a Church in Europe.
Itinerant Fruit Seller
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1000
One of the things I love in Asia is that people tend to be happy to be photographed. They smile, sometimes they stop to give you a chance to really capture them. It’s a change from Europe, I can tell you. I have two shots of this vietnamese fruit seller, one where she looks straight at me, and one where she looks on the side. I prefer this one. Tell me what you think !
The Good Shot
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 400
As I was walking towards Westminster Cathedral, with little in the way of good light, I asked myself whether I would even be able to make a decent shot. It turns out that as long as you’re shooting the other photographers, you’re good.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 500
I’m not a landscape photographer. I just don’t have the skill for it and I can only admire the masters from afar and, once in a while, shoot what to them would be a snapshot but at least brings me nice memories of something I saw. We recently spent a few days as a family in Ping An, North of Guilin in China. The region is known for its remote villages and terraced rice paddies. Not since I went to Bali when I was 13 had I seen such verdant green, and I was compelled to shoot many landscapes, few of which are any good. I had high hopes for sunset, but it turns out the nearby mountains hid the sun very early, and sunset wasn’t what I expected. Still, I tried to make the most of the slight haze of pink on the horizon, and this is the result.
The Window in the Trees
Fuji x100s, 35mm
One of the things that amazes me in Shanghai is how such beautiful and lush trees and grow and thrive despite the city itself and the unbearable pollution. And yet they thrive. Of course, this was in the middle of a garden, but believe me when I say that just on the otherside of a wall not 10 meters away from there is a bustling city full of concrete, cars and street vendors.
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.
White Toothed Dragon
Fuji x100s, 35mm
Yu Garden (aka Yuyuan Garden) is a fantastic place in Shanghai, one of those places that feels completely disconnected from the city, at least when you visit it early in the morning as I did, before the hordes of tourists invade it. One of its amazing features is that it has a series of dragons adorning the top of the walls with the snake-like body and scales running all the way through the whole complex. This is one of the heads of the dragon. This one has recently been to the dentist.