Every now and then, i’ll look at one of these kinds of shots as i’m paging through “past glories” and suddenly stop, wondering ‘what on earth… ohhh! clever!’. This was one of those.
Oh, and look at the light that is parallel to the top of the frame. Not a very smart way to try to get things level / square. Live and learn.
One of the newer(?) 4AD artists, Sohn, was looking for cover art, and put a template for people to use. I’ve literally waited my entire life for this! This is obviously my moment…
I tell myself that Nigel would approve… but in reality he’d probably tell me it was derivative, needed more movement, and some aspect of water or trees. Oh, and a fish. Definitely a fish!
A view into one the several cones in Jean Nouvel’s Galeries Lafayette in Berlin. One of the places that i need to spend more time exploring. If i understand correctly, there are other glass cones that drop down into the underground parking… surely that has to look cool!
This is the seventh! It was actually easier than i thought… perhaps i’ll post a few more. Have found that the easiest way to get this done is spend an evening or a Sunday morning looking through shots, selecting what might work, and then posting them all as a bunch, but scheduled to go live one a day.
And so few where they should be! It’s always a struggle in these busy shots to keep the right things vertical (this one is “fixed”) but once you start tweaking there is always another line that you would prefer not to be there, or which would look better vertical…
‘Lone salaryman’ shots, with a film noir look are another part of the repertoire that i’ve picked up from Sean Wood. It’s good to have creative friends. All that said, i don’t think he’d have taken the shot this way… so while the theme might be “borrowed” the execution feels very me (for good or bad, i still can’t say…)
Sean and i have had an interesting time giving and taking inspiration. I’d like to think that it made both of us better photographers, but even if it didn’t i got a lot of enjoyment from shooting together, and even more from discussing the results over a beer!
This one is another from 2009 (still a good year) and was taken in Odaiba, probably around one of the big wedding hotels.
Another chance to lax wyrical about the joys of photography in Tokyo. I’ve probably said it all already, but it really was the great photographic city of my life (“so far”, he muttered hopelessly…) The density and craziness of the non-planned sprawl, the completely mind-numbing overload of signs, signals, noise, directions, distractions… it all adds up to a wonderland of alice like proportions.
Was apparently taken in September of 2009, in or around a place labelled ‘両国’ which is now unreadable to me, but looks suspiciously like the area where the sumo happens… just looked it up: Ryougoku, where the sumo happens. How about that.
This is from a trip around Europe that resulted in rolls of film. In fact, so many rolls of film, that i don’t think i’ve ever taken the time to look through all them properly. Certainly not the vertical ones!
Someone will be along shortly to inform us of the precise location…
I find it pretty difficult to reconcile this kind of “aspirational” (puke!) architecture with the reality of London. Maybe it’s my disconnect, and in fact the whole island is drifting slowly toward florida…
Operator: This is Dial-a-cliché, how can i help you today?
Caller: Yes. Can you put me through to the Golden Temple shot on Velvia please?
Operator: Connecting you now…
Now for 7 days of unseen vertical XPan shots… not sure if this is going to work. Vertical XPan can end up looking a little weird, but that doesn’t appear to have stopped me occassionally giving it a whirl!
You can tell it’s taken in Hamburg by the honking great big water stain up at the top. Oops.