Posts Tagged ‘Leica’

The Priest of Palermo

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

 

Italy - Palermo - A priest reads as he walks through the cloisters in the courtyard of the St Augustino church

Italy – Palermo – A priest reads as he walks through the cloisters in the courtyard of the St Augustino church

Kissing in Sicily

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

 

… seemed to be a good deal of kissing on the island recently…

 

Italy - Palermo -  A young couple kiss as they part by horses used to ferry tourists at the Quatro Canti (officially known as Piazza Vigliena) a Baroque square

Italy – Palermo – A young couple kiss as they part by horses used to ferry tourists at the Quatro Canti, a Baroque square

 

Italy - Cefalu - Tourists photograph, chat and kiss on the sea wall

Italy – Cefalu – Tourists photograph, chat and kiss on the sea wall

 

Music on a rainy afternoon

Friday, July 19th, 2013

 

Here’s another image from a recent Conde Nast Traveller story in Sao Tome and Principe. It shows singer Guilherme de Caravlho playing at home in Sao Tome. Outside the heavens had just opened and a rain storm was passing overhead. Behind the curtain his daughter danced to the music.

I’ve written before about music from former Portuguese colonies: the melancholy, the saudade. Here was a perfect moment to illustrate it. I hope that I did his song justice…

 

 

Sao Tome and Principe - Sao Tome - Singer Guilherme de Caravalho plays guitar at home

Sao Tome and Principe – Sao Tome – Singer Guilherme de Caravalho plays guitar at home

All a bit of a punt

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

 

An image from a recent shoot in Cambridge. I don’t work much in the UK – and sometimes I think I hardly know the country – something I’m trying to change…

UK - Cambridge - Punts and passengers glide past The Clare College (founded 1326) on the River Cam past the Garret Hostel bridge, Cambridge, UK

UK – Cambridge – Punts and passengers glide past Clare College (founded 1326) on the River Cam by the Garret Hostel bridge, Cambridge, UK

Crows and washing

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

 

 

India - Kolkata - Crows on the banks of the Hoogly sit by a washing line

India – Kolkata – Crows on the banks of the Hooghly sit by a washing line

The girl at the Mosque

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

A third image from Cairo

 

Egypt - Cairo - A young woman wearing a headscarf in the courtyard of the Ibn Tulun Mosque

Egypt – Cairo – A young woman wearing a headscarf in the courtyard of the Ibn Tulun Mosque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The boy with the facepack

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Amazing what you find walking the streets of Cairo (my new favourite city I think)…

 

 

Egypt - Cairo -

Egypt – Cairo – A young man smokes a shisha pipe outside an ahwa (coffeehouse) whilst wearing a facepack to look his best for his wedding later that evening

 

Football in the City of the Dead

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Wandering in Cairo on assignment…

 

Egypt - Cairo - Boys play football in an alleyway in the Northern Cemetery known as the City of the Dead

Egypt – Cairo – Boys play football in an alleyway in the Northern Cemetery known as the City of the Dead

The light…

Monday, November 7th, 2011

 

 

India - Jaipur - A man walks through the streets of the Old City at dusk

 

I have just finished a lovely four day travel assignment in one of India’s most tourist-heavy cities, Jaipur. Ironically I was tasked to write and photograph about the quiet spots, the quirky and the unusual and I’m pleased to say that there were many. I stayed an extra day and a half in order to edit and write the piece and on the last afternoon, took myself out to shoot on the streets. I always used to do this kind of work on Leica’s and tranny. That process was very freeing but I find it incredibly difficult these days to shoot this kind of work on DSLR’s. Perhaps it’s just me but one looks so much like a photographer that the process becomes a cliche: two big heavy cameras with two big heavy prime lenses. A long way from the classic rangefinder. It is more than that however – purely in terms of seeing, those little cameras allowed you to examine spatial relationships through the viewfinder. You could pre-focus and just walk into the picture. I feel very removed when I try to do these kind of things with my current kit. There’s a sort of rhythm that works on the street and it’s really difficult to do with such a big, noisy machine pressed to your face. I have, over the years in India gone back to my M6 rangefinders as it’s still relatively cheap and easy to process film here.  However, then you have the laborious task of scanning – a process which, after spending the best part of two years feeding my archive (in the form of little plastic squares) through various machines, I’d rather die than attempt again. The irony is of course that I used to be sponsored by Leica (and Kodak for that matter) but who, apart from dentists (meaning rich hobbyists) as Simon Norfolk said a few years ago can afford a couple of M9’s? Or perhaps I’m just not working hard enough…