December 13, 2009

Behind the red door

Due to the current lack of time to take new photographies, here is an old one taken in Paris.

November 4, 2009

San Clemente and a French girl vision of American parking lots

Seeking the truth on public benches...

Mexican and North African countries architecture are my favorite. 





For Americans people, parking lots are just parking lots, but for the French person that I am,  it is yet another moment where I say to myself: "How can the United States be so different than Europe?". Yes, for me parking lots are also exotic. Why? Because they all look alike, really alike. It's like they were all designed and built by the same person. They are all huge and surrounded by the same shops, which are generally put in some same generic order, probably studied so that after you go shop for shampoo or food, you are thirsty and hungry and you want to grab something to eat and/or drink before leaving. Same marketing equations, same colors, same "architecture", same everything.

Also, you can usually spot the same kind of people there: you will have the families of course. In general it's going to be a mum with her one or two kids or teenagers, she'll either look very elegant, or will be wearing sweat pants and sneakers (sadly, it's not a cliché in my experience). You will find young bored teenagers who don't really know what else to do than go to a mall; the people who are not from there and are desperately trying to find some frozen yogurt (I admit it, that was me); the girls in their mid 20s and 30s who are saying "like" and "omg" every two seconds, while catching up on their love life and walking really fast towards a Starbucks where they will eat their emotions along with their lattes. If you look closely enough, you will also see the old lonely widows, or recently divorced people in their 50s and 60s, sitting somewhere trying to have a peaceful meal wondering why does everything feel so different. I could go on and on and on...

I love parking lots in the United States, they are a perfect small version of the world. And the best  thing about them is that you can usually tell who's going to come out of a car just by the brand/type of car they are driving. This is not something I can do here because France is well known to have a lot of tiny cars and the mother of two probably won't be driving a SUV.
In other words, being bored on a parking lot is still a photographic and life experience for a French girl; even when you are sitting in a car, with a storm coming up, waiting for someone to do their errands.


November 3, 2009

San Clemente or how much I miss the sun

Autumn is definitely here and as I think that like a lot of French people I'm having sun withdrawal. So I went through photos of this summer in San Clemente, California, and couldn't help posting some. More tomorrow.











October 22, 2009

Tim Burton's cartoon figures.

For all the Tim Burton fans out there. Taken in a Soho shop in London.

Tim Burton's cartoon figures

The Staring Girl (in the middle) is my favorite story in his book.

October 20, 2009

London Part 4: the photobooth session

I love photo booths! Rough Trade, a record store around Bricklane London, had a great one. People would stick their photos on the wall and judging by the amount of them, I think I am not the only one who likes the photo booth concept!




October 16, 2009

Spider Lady

I've been quite busy lately, so before I can finish with my London set and move on with something else, here's an old photo. It is actually my first nature photography! It was taken last year and I was very happy with how the background turned out despite the fact that I did not have the appropriate lens to take that shot - which also explains why unfortunately part of the spider net got blurred out too.


Ps: I apologize to all the people who have a spider phobia!

October 7, 2009

London Part 3: Words around the city

Open your eyes and you'll find some messages everywhere around you. Sometimes powerful ones.


Nothing original here, everyone has taken a photo of this, but it is not overrated; it is helpful not to get killed by a car.


Who doesn't heart Soho?!


Death and love were for sale too in London.




Yes, let's.



BONUS PHOTO:


I'm not sure about this version of the first photo of my post. Which one do you like best? Some feedback would be much appreciated! :-)

October 4, 2009

London Part 2: Chinatown



During my first day visiting London, I accidentally ended up in Chinatown. Despite my very tight sight-seeing schedule, I spent hours in the neighborhood, amazed by all the bright colors, smells and Asian architecture. Every time I am in a big city I have the same feeling when I am in the Chinatown district: it is like entering in a whole new country, and the weird thing about it, is that it feels so real.

Unfortunately for me, most of the time I spent in Chinatown the weather was forecast and since I only used a tiny compact camera (Panasonic DMC-TZ5) during that trip, most of my photos ended up dull or blurry. But despite that, I really like some of them and I've grown to accept their technical imperfections.

Just like in the rest of the city, peculiar fashion style or stylish people are much common also in Chinatown.



Or women wearing more traditional clothes.


The following photo is the illustration of what Henri Cartier Bresson called the "decisive moment", a concept that I strongly agree with and love experiencing. The "decisive moment" is the fact that you know the precise moment when to press the shutter release because you feel something great is going to happen. The Asian man on the right was walking and suddenly stopped for one second to open his newspaper. Fortunately I was waiting patiently, camera in hand (frustrated not to be placed somewhere else) for something to happen. I knew some kind of interaction was meant to happen with this lady; and my intuition was right. This is one of the many reasons why I love photography so much!



Finally, I'm sure those pandas are quite important to them because they were everywhere.


October 2, 2009

London Part 1: People

Welcome to my very first serious photoblog everyone!

Not too long ago, I went to London for a few days so I will start this blog with photos of my trip. For my first post I decided to focus on street photos, more will come soon.


What I loved the most about London is its people. Their style is very eclectic and can differ very much according to where you are. From the business man in suit in the "city" to the punky hipster in Soho, there is always something to look at.
What's even more fascinating is that the style of people that surround you act like imaginary borders for each neighborhood thus splitting the city in different categories. Each neighborhood has its own feel that leads to a fashion style. The following photos were for instance taken in the very hype and artsy neighborhood of Shoreditch (Eastern London).





Right in front of the Westminster Palace, this guy was standing alone, demonstrating against the war in Irak and apparently many other things. He was alone, it was both powerful and confusing.



Some lonely feel in front of a Starbucks near Bricklane.