*Notre Dame du Travail*
In July I had the unexpected and unbelievable luck of being able to visit a Parisian church at night. But not just any Parisian church: Notre Dame du Travail (Our Lady of Labour) is a 1902 building designed for working class labourers of the 14th arrondissement (I guess it wasn’t gentrified back then). The structure is Eiffel style, with metallic beams and columns, and it’s just visually stunning.
*Inside Mariahilf Church*
Mariahilf Church in Vienna is quite a majestic sight, and the inside is as impressive as the outside, if not more. The pulpit is particularly adorned and quite spectacular.
As I was walking down the road leading from my hotel to the old city center in Vienna, I saw this beautiful church (Mariahilf) with a statue in front. I didn’t know who the statue was until the internet later gave me the answer : it represents Austrian composer Josef Haydn.
As I was walking towards a meeting in Pall Mall I walked passed St Martin in the Fields, and never having gone inside, decided to give it a try. It may look sober compared to the churches and cathedrals I’m used to in Paris, but there’s something soothing in that, even to an atheist like me. Anyway, I decided it was worth a shot. Only later did I notice the man silently praying on the right hand side of the shot.
At God’s Door
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/120s, ISO 200
Lots of churches in Valencia. Lots of beggars also.
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 x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 250
Reykjavik’s Hallgrímskirkja is a truly impressive modern building overlooking the city. You can’t help feeling dwarfed by the sheer size and greyness of it. I shot this at dawn when there was no one around (unsurprisingly considering how cold and wet it was) and I felt the grimness of it all matched the weather perfectly.
Nostalgie de Paris
Canon A2, 50mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 200
Film: Agfa Scala 200
Just before the summer I finished a roll of one of my favorite slide film: Agfa Scala 200. I remember walking back to St Lazare, past Trinité and thinking the alignment of the Metro sign with the Trinité Church bell-tower would make an interesting composition. Months later, after scanning the film, I have to agree with my past self. I’m in two minds whether the slight aperture blur of the Church is too much, just right or not enough, but I guess it’ll give me an excuse to experiment further next time I’m in Paris.
San Giorgio Maggiore
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 20s, ISO 200
Venice is a honeytrap for the amateur photographer, and despite only having my x100s and gorillapod, I was able to make some really great low-light long-exposures while I was there. This is one of them.
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 400
The other evening, as I was waiting for models on the left bank of the Seine for a 1930s shoot I noticed that Notre-Dame was wonderfully lit by the impending sunset. It’s kind of a corny shot, but it’s still a beautiful building…