Against a Wall

It’s a simple idea – one I’ve used many times.img_20160929_0023-640

A simple wall with interesting texture.

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A window.

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And equally interesting people.

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The composition takes care of itself.

Thanks for reading!

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander 35 Nokton 1.4 SC

Film: Venus 800

 

Finding Flow

Part of street photography or art-making is about finding flow.

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Such that one is immersed in the activity.

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Such that you could forget yourself.

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And find meaning in it.

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The notion of flow – many thanks to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

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It’s about looking, constantly looking.

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Thanks for reading!

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander 35 Nokton 1.4 SC

Film: Venus 800

 

The Street Makes Sense

The thing with Shamshuipo is that one could walk slowly amongst pockets of crowds.

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You could flow along comfortably.

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Even if you stop, there’s space enough for you to do so.

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So many people and things to look at.

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Hope and dreams of finding a space.

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The street belongs.

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The street can disintegrate.

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The street makes sense, if you keep looking.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander 35 Nokton 1.4 SC

Film: Venus 800

 

 

Behold the Fuji X70

Yes, I usually succeed in not buying another camera. But this time it’s different. Of course.

It was either the Fuji X70 or Ricoh GR II.

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It was Eric Kim’s review that made me go for the Fuji X70. It’s “a Ricoh GR with Fujifilm colors”. Fantastic!

This time I have my wife’s blessing, as I’ve convinced her that I need a digital camera for street photography at night, as I have 3-4 hours to kill while waiting for my son (as his designated chauffeur) on various evenings.

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Here’s the obligatory “me and my shadow” shot.

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There’s a whole genre of cat photography to be found on the web.

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I’m trying my best to resist taking another shot.

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I’m still not instinctively comfortable with the 28mm focal length – I’m too close this time.

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Here, I’m slightly further away than I realized – the 2 men should have filled out the whole image. I’m still thinking in terms of 35mm.

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The articulated screen allows me to be more stealthy – I can’t imagine doing this even with my Leica M6. Raising it to the eye would make me feel too conspicuous. Not to mention that fact that my usual ISO 400 film would not be fast enough given the lighting conditions.

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The Daido-inspired (poetic?) blurry shot. I think I can get away with it because of the wonderful film simulation colours from Fuji.

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The touchscreen framing via LCD approach does allow for various angles.

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I could do the “spray and pray approach” as well…

I sense a new book project in the horizon … maybe I can convince my wife … one book project, one camera …

Buy my book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Streets Are Busy

When streets are busy, they look like this:

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No one notices the guy with the camera:

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People are too preoccupied:

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Work work work.

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Sell sell sell.

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Buy buy buy.

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Go go go.

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Thanks for reading!

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Agfa Vista 400

 

Living Within Ourselves

We’re all caught within our own worlds.

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Not quite looking even when we’re looking.

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It’s an accumulation of life.

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A kind of mobility.

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We pace ourselves.

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A universe in a phone.

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A map is not the same as the world.

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Still we look at the map.

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We can’t live outside ourselves.

Camera: Olympus XA3

Film: Kodak UltraMax 400