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.
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…)
Fuji, x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/110s, ISO 200
The temple of Confucius in Shanghai is one of the quietest and most beautiful places I’ve visited there. It’s one of those surprising places that is very near the busy streets and yet at the same time completely cut off from the rest of the world. It was a beautiful day, a late winter afternoon, and the reflections were fantastic…
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.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 2000
Christmas season it seems starts earlier every year. In the US it’s usually after Thanksgiving, but here in Asia there’s no Thanksgiving so it’s usually after Halloween… One thing is for sure: late November Tokyo is ablaze with Christmas lights. This wasn’t one of the more spectacular trees, but it was an interesting contrast with the signs in the background, I thought…
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 !