Canon A2 + Cinestill 800T
When you get near the Mong Kok MTR station, there are streets with dozens of mini-buses parked, ready to head out to all parts of Hong Kong. I liked the quasi abstract sight of these chinese characters glowing between two buses and reflected on the windows and on the puddle below.
*The Weight of Love*
Canon A2 + Ilford FP4+
This is a shot of something you will no longer be able to see : the padlocks attached to various pedestrian bridges in Pairs (here the Pont de l’Archevéché) have been removed. They were supposed to symbolise the love of the couples attaching them, but they ended up weighing down the bridges so much that they represented a safety concern. I hope that’s not symbolic of love in general. Anyway, for this photo I have done what I like to call a fauxpan, ie. resizing a standard 24×36 shot to the 24×65 XPAN format.
Canon A2 + Agfa Scala 200
I’m exploring old rolls of film/slide that I didn’t really publish in the past. This is a street shot from Dublin.
I really loved visiting Humatun’s Tomb in New Delhi all these years ago. I loved this stone lattice with the two people sitting on the other side. It would have been fascinating to do the same shot a little earlier or a little later to see how the light penetrated the room. Guess that’s an excuse to go again.
Walking the tiny streets of La Paz looking for souvenirs and typical stuff I saw all kinds of things both wonderful (like these bead necklaces) and grotesque (like dried llama foetuses to bury under your new home for good luck). The most important thing to me was that although the street stalls catered for tourists, they also catered for locals and it all felt real. I tried to capture that in this quasi-abstract shot.
As I was being driven back from Copacabana to La Paz, the car stopped in the middle of nowhere, and I couldn’t figure out why. Finally, the driver said there might be a Morenada ahead as this was a saturday. Upon understanding what he was talking about, I grabbed my camera with the lens that was on it (a 50mm, it turned out, which in APSC meant 80mm) and ran towards the festivities. In between the harsh light and the excessive focal length, I had a hard time framing this wonderful dance but a few of the shots were keepers still. This one I like, in part because the woman at the forefront looks so serious about it.
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…
Gnawa Street Musician
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/2.8, 1/1250s, ISO 400
There are street musicians you just want to give money to. This guy had such a smile that you couldn’t resist him. I don’t remember how the music was, but it’s one of the only things in Marrakech that I really liked (the rest of Morocco was much more interesting).
Nelson has Company
Canon 1000D, 80mm, f/4, 1/1600s, ISO 200
One of my oldest « keepers », this photo was shot in 2009 in Trafalgar Square, mid morning in late fall, from the back of a moving cab. I like the parallel between the lamppost and the column.
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/1.8, 1/400s, ISO 200
On the hills of Edinburgh sits the Old Calton Burial Ground, a wonderfully moody cemetery where I spent a good hour just wandering around and taking photos. Some of the mausoleums are massive, such as this one.