Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Ilford FP4+
Model : Lara
On my second attempt as I was shooting the textures, I occasionally used the 90mm lens in order to get close-up on the textures, which I though might deliver something denser. On the whole, it didn’t work and I think I prefer the textures to be somewhat smaller. This shot is the exception, where the crenelated leaves work as a tapestry of sorts on Lara’s back.
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.
Pattern and ‘Bone
Fuji xpro2, 52mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 6400
I love shooting trombone players at the best of times. Because of the length of the instrument it has a potential for strong diagonals, and from the right angles there’s a lot of different potential shots to be had. But when I saw the pattern on Reut Regev’s dress (playing ‘bone with Hazmat Modine) I knew the potential had just gone up tenfold! This is one of my favourite shots of her that night.
Half a Pinecone
Canon 7D, 95mm, f/13, 1.3s, ISO 200
Still experimenting with Weston inspired still lives. I really like the texture of the pinecone, I’ll no doubt be doing more of those in the future. This was edited in Lightroom using X-Equals XeL 2.0‘s Scala 200 emulation.
Pinecone in Darkness
Canon 7D, f/13, 1s, ISO 200
Still life is as much an exercice in technique as it can be an artistic endeavour. I’ve long been fasinated by Edward Weston’s Pepper No. 30 and without any illusion of getting anywhere near his mastery of light, I’ve been experimenting with similar in the studio still life concepts. I did a fair amount of work on pinecones, and this one is one of the most interesting results, I think.
One of my favourite places to visit in exotic countries is food stalls and markets.
I find beauty in patterns and occasionally a real close up look onto something (like this pinecone) brings up a new kind of beauty…
I love patterns and repetition in photography, and vegetable markets offer lots of opportunities for these kinds of photos.
The Eclade Charentaise is a mussle dish from the Charente region of France. Raw mussels are spread on a stone table, covered with pine needles which are set on fire. That’s how the mussles cook. It’s a very pungent dish, and an even more fascinating pattern to shoot for a photographer.
Believe it or not, this was shot in front of a food store in San Francisco’s China Town. Yummy!