“If you go flying back through time and you see somebody else flying forward into the future, it’s probably best to avoid eye contact.”
When you are dealing with street photography you sometimes get caught. I want to take photos of people doing whatever they were doing that got my attention. But sometimes they notice me and we make eye contact through my lens and still I click. They break the illusion I had of myself being a spectator and make me an instant participant. When you take a lot of photos behind the lens you sometimes forget you are dealing with reality.
Barcelona was a bit empty around Christmas, but not as desolate the images may suggest. I find it an interesting theme to shoot urban landscapes with (almost) no people in it.
“But to me nothing – the negative, the empty – is exceedingly powerful.”
“Sometimes, when one is moving silently through such an utterly desolate landscape, an overwhelming hallucination can make one feel that oneself, as an individual human being, is slowly being unraveled.“
I’ve visited Barcelona tree times so far. This time made the biggest impression on me. The Old area of Barcelona, Barrio Gotico and El Born were great for photography. Nice small unique non-chain shops, small alleys that twist with surprises at the end of the alley, will it be a small old church, the remains of a Roman temple or a mugger who prays on adventurous tourists ?
Last week I was visiting New York City and this gave me the opportunity to create some cinemagraphs. These were taken all over the city whenever we encountered anything interesting.
Cinemagraphs are really interesting because it makes you look at something differently. I don’t just want a strong static composition, but I have to consider the dynamic element and if it will actually add something to the image. The following are far from perfect but a start to a very interesting experiment.
Lucky 100 SHD Black and White film all the way from China. Google told me it’s specifically produced in Baoding in the Hebei province. Wiki then told me that those metal balls people move around in one hand that you find in Asian gift in the west are actually originally from Baoding and also carry its name and then twitter told me to shut up
So moving on, this is a very affordable film (=cheap). It works well, normal exposure, fine tones, not grainy (shouldn’t be since its 100 film).
Nice and cheap, what’s not to like?
The photo’s were shot with my Olympus mju II or Epic Stylus for you ‘mericans or µ2 for you perfectionists out there.