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.