From today on, the Regional Government of Andalusia organizes the Photography Exhibit [TRÁNSITOS] during the European Mobility Week. #SEM14 #EMW14. I’m part of it with other Spanish photographers: Aitor Lara, Fernando Alda, Jesús León, Remedios Álvarez, Rafaela Rodríguez and Antonio Pérez.This exhibit is a journey through new urban models oriented to sustainable city development. A model where urban infrastructures are thought to make people’s (and not car’s) life easier. A high-quality functional user-oriented urban landscape. Really glad to be part of it with my series “Pasajeros” (Passengers/Transient). The passenger car of a train, the subway station, a cycle path or the street itself are characters in its own right in the pics, as much as the passengers in transit or waiting. Great company here and a wonderful opportunity to show my work in big sized prints (100x70cm). I’m most grateful for taking part of this…….
I’ve visited Old Delhi twice in the past 6 days. On both voyages, I went with a photographer friend whom I enjoy exploring Delhi with…he does his thing, I do mine, we swap thoughts, and we generally move in the same direction…be it a busy road, shady alleyway, or a muddy lane leading to the “cheese market.” On the first day, we arrived in the old city via the Delhi Metro at 7:20am. We gradually rose from the deep via 3 escalators and exited at Chawri Bazar…the largest, most hectic intersection in the old city. Its screw hadn’t come loose yet, but people were certainly on the move…mostly tiny school children in tiny uniforms holding hands and more school children whizzing past on motorcycles and tightly packed bicycle rickshaws. There was a general mood of excitement in the air……
Some nine years ago, when I decided to pursue photography as a career, it soon became clear to me that I needed a good base level in my work. An amateur photographer gets judged by his best images, a professional gets judged by his worst. I realised that I had to learn how to make my worst pictures good enough. I’ve spent lots of time and energy to raise that base level and over the years I’ve became capable of returning with at least usable images from pretty much any assignment, even when things go wrong. I still believe that this is a good thing and an essential skill for a professional photographer but we all know that playing it safe isn’t creativity’s best friend. About two years ago, I embarked on a long term personal documentary project about hunting in Belgium. I’m hoping to turn it into a book and an exhibition in 2015 but even if it turns out to be a success, I probably won’t make any money on it. The topic of hunting is rather controversial here in Belgium, so I don’t expect the project to become a showcase towards potential clients either. But it’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time: use my camera as a passport to satisfy my curiosity and the fact that I had a hard time understanding why anyone would hunt in this country. And even more importantly: no assignment, no client, no pressure, only … the luxury of failure……..
Nowhere has quite touched my soul like Cambodia. Four weeks of travels in ‘The Kingdom of Wonder’(The Cambodian tourist board slogan) has left me wanting more. The friends I made, the sheer fun of the place and the opportunities for photography yet fulfilled will ensure I return. Here is part one of a photographic diary of my adventure captured on the Fuji X-T1 and X-Pro1 cameras. Camera kit: Fuji X-T1 with 10-24 and 55-200mm zooms plus 14mm, 23mm, 35mm, 56mm and 60mm primes. I used the primes for my portraits (mainly featured in the next blog posts) and the zooms for landscapes……..
I’m a photojournalist by profession, a documentary photographer by choice, and a street photographer in my heart, but before all of that, I just love photography, and l love to take pictures. Enter in the Fuji X-Pro 1. Not too long ago I sold all of my DSLRs, fast glass and long lenses and purchased two Fuji X-Pro 1 bodies, the XF 18mm f/2 (approx. 28mm equivalent) lens, the XF 35mm f/1.4 (approx. 50mm equivalent) lens, and the XF 18-55 zoom lens, and I couldn’t be happier. For nearly two decades I’ve wanted a Leica film body (M6), but in my career as a newspaper photojournalist, and with all of the professional sports I had to cover, I just couldn’t justify the cost. In the late 90s, I bought the amazing Contax G2 and loved it dearly. But as film started to fade and digital started to pick up speed, the M6 dream also faded. I finally sold the Contax in 2005 while it still had value. When Leica released the M8, I realized that the price was significantly higher than the already pricy M6 (the M7 didn’t interest me), and that it was not a full frame sensor (I really wanted a 35mm Summicron), so I lost interest. Then the Leica M9 was announced which caught my attention, but I knew that as a working photographer I could never afford nor justify the cost of one camera and one lens, let alone a complete system. I love Leica, but it simply cannot be warranted in its cost (for me personally), thus it was out of my reach….
Worcestershire is a very cool and stunning part of the UK its also my home. It’s also full of heritage, Sir Richard Elgar, Worcestershire Sauce,and the civil war which started in 1642 had it’s first full battle at Powick bridge between Malvern and Worcester. There is also the fact that Britain’s only privately owned car company is based in the ‘shire. Morgan Cars history is long and renowned among true car enthusiasts, started in 1909 for the first part of the company’s life the made three wheeled cars, from racing cars to hill climb even lorries and vans. Then in 1936 the four wheel Morgan debuted and the design has kind stayed true. The pursuit of quality coach building and engineering is in every corner of this magic place, and the Morgan family still run the company so all of the tradition and heritage continues…….
This was my countless time of visit to Putrajaya however taking photos of the Seri Wawasan Bridge was my first time. I crossed the bridge a few times but just sitting inside car, never thought the bridge is that gorgeous and marvellous after I review the pictures that I took. At first I was kind of lazy to travel so far from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya (~30kM one way) just to take the pictures of it. But, in the end of the day, it is worth every second of it and I will definitely explore more of Putrajaya again in the near future…….
Every time before I pack my travel photo bag, I try to envision what kind of photos I expect to take on location for the job or portfolio work. In my early days of photography I was prepared for every possible photo situation by bringing most of my gear. I recall one time where I lugged 20 kg (40 lb) of DSLR gear in a backpack through Paris. That was an awful experience! Since my switch to Fuji X cameras 3.5 years ago, thankfully my travel photo bag has become a lot lighter. The night before this trip to Paris I decided on the following gear to bring:
- Fuji X100S
- WCL-X100 (wide conversion lens) for the X100S
- Fuji X-Pro 1
- Samyang 8mm f2.8 fisheye lens
- Fuji XF 14mm f2.8
That’s 2 camera bodies plus 4 fast prime wide angle focal length weighing around 1.6kg (3.5 lb)!!! Add spare batteries and ND filters and you’re still well below 2 kg (4lb) in your bag. That is only 10% of the weight of the gear that I took along a few years ago…….
This trip is something of an important chapter in my timeline as a travel photographer, as it’ll be the first time that I leave my heavyweight DSLRs home. I’ve traveled before with just a Leica M9 and the Fuji X Pro-1 (as to Guatemala last month), but this is the first photo expedition-workshop that sees me DSLR-less. I’ve tested the Fuji X-T1, the new addition to this group of non DSLR tools, in the streets of New York City and over the past two weeks, found it reliable and responsive, and I believe it’ll perform well in replacing my aging Canon 5 Mark II. The Fuji X-T1 has its drawbacks and quirks, but from my past experience with the X Pro-1, these are mostly caused by my being unfamiliar with its minor idiosyncrasies……
We left Singapore and boarded the relatively short flight to Bali. We have both wanted to visit Bali for a long time after hearing so many great things about it from friends. We were certainly not disappointed! We started our 10 days there with a 7 night stay on the south east coast in an area called Nusa Dua. This small bay is lined with luxury hotels and white sandy beaches. It was the perfect place to relax and unwind after the madness of the wedding planning. Whilst staying in Nusa Dua we took a couple of trips up to the west coast of the island visiting Kuta and Seminyak. Kuta was very lively and is a big hit with backpackers. There was plenty of bars and the big waves offer great surfing conditions. We saw an incredible sunset whilst there, which we enjoyed with many others from the beautiful sandy beach…….