*Pier 41 at Dawn*
Pier 41 in San Francisco is a wooden pier that juts out into the bay. It has these old fashioned lampposts that stay on all night, and last time I was in San Francisco I decided to check it out at dawn. It wasn’t an insanely superb sunrise, but the subdued colours were really lovely.
*The Faceless Man*
The bad guy in the really fun novel series The Rivers of London is a guy called « the faceless man ». When I took this picture in London, I wasn’t thinking about those books, but interestingly enough, the early morning sun burned my subject’s face and while you’d normally consider that a failed shot, there’s something a little magical about how it comes out here.
Going up this escalator, I noticed the way that the ceiling tiling was reflected in the shiny metal divider between the up and down escalator. I struck out my arm and shot as flat as I could (this is corrected for tilt). What I did not expect was that visually the tiling and the reflection would create such a compelling cylinder.
I had just arrived in London by the Eurostar, and walking towards the subway I stumbled upon this backlit corridor. I crouched down and waited for the right silhouettes to be aligned. Since then I’ve seen a number of other shots of this corridor. The fact is that is is really photogenic.
I have a particular fondness for the straw brooms used here in China. I don’t quite know why, but it brings me back to an older time, maybe…
*Working the Iron*
One of the fascinating things you still see in China is all these little neighborhood jobs that have disappeared in the west. Best of all, due to the ambient heat, they’re all set up outside, on the sidewalk. A boon for photographers!
*Double Asian Crouch*
I’ve spoken about the Asian crouch already, this particular posture that you see everywhere in Asia. But I don’t think I had shot a double Asian crouch until that week-end in Guangzhou !
One of the things that strikes you the minute you start walking the streets of China is how people (mostly men, it must be said) can be found asleep absolutely anywhere. In Europe, you’d think this was the photo of a homeless man. In China, this is just the photo of a man.
*Buddha and Acolytes*
Guangxiao temple in Guangzhou is quite spectacular even if the outside buildings are nothing to write home about (especially when wrapped in scaffolding). But the brass statues (at least I’m assuming it’s brass) are quite spectacular, as this trio showcases.
It’s not the first time I see people in China writing down characters on the pavement. I’m assuming this are religious texts, but in fact I don’t know for sure, since I can’t read Chinese. In any case, it makes for an interesting, dynamic shot, I think.