Paris - City of emotions

A most famous tower
Tomorrow it is time to return to Paris.
A city I have visited so many times I have lost count, yet also a city tied to so many memories good, bad and in between.
A proposal in moonlight by The Seine, the first travel destination with our son, countless business trips, museum and gallery visits and countless hours spend taking in the vibe of the city and photographing, landmarks, streets and its people.
Under the bridge

It is a truly photographic city but also one of the most photographed ones.
Thus anyone travelling to Paris with the dream of coming home with that one unique image, will need to look hard.
Personally Paris is not and never has been about price winning images.
It is about culture, emotion and vibe.

Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre

Weekend kit
 The list of places to see is surprisingly short, Montmartre is always a stop on our list as is the Bastille area and Latin quarter.
We will of course stroll by a few of the top landmarks, such as Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, Louvre and the like, but core focus of the weekend will be family time.
spending time doing nothing and watch Paris float by, while enjoying a lazy glass of red wine.
As any photographer I will naturally be bringing a camera.
Well 3 of them actually and a few rolls of film.
A Clack for a few carefully selected frames, hopefully playing to its strengths, the A SLR for documentation and a Pentax auto 110, just because I have some ASA 100 110 format black and white film and it is such a cute and tiny SLR.
It is liberating to know that the photographic results are not really important, we are going to spend family time, but two photographers living together cannot really travel without photography playing a role :)

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Thoughts on London

Right now I am at a bustling Airport Cafe at Lodon Gatwick Airport.
I am just gonna be here for a couple of hours meeting a potential customer and then 6 hours of waiting, leaving plenty of time for reflections and a travel down memory lane.

Do mind the gap

London is packed with memories for me and have provided me with locations for some gorgeous images over the years.
It remain one of my favourite cities in Europe.
Multicultural, impeccable language and a perfect blend of Polished English culture, heritage ad metropolitan grime.

One can in a matter of a few steps go from Royal history, past stunning city vistas, through gorgeous open parks, to shady narrow alleyways in litterally minutes or spend hours in one of the many museums and galleries.What is not to like?

I am already looking forward to a longer stay.
London at sunset


An Autumn Reflection

My original thinking around my Defining Images series was it would be easy and at time of writing I had a clear mental image of how I wanted the posts to be lined up and all.

Writing this post has been a good week under way and more difficult than anticipated.
My original outline about post should be chronological in time and images that somehow has been a central part in my photographic journey, either as a turning point or a significant learning experience or represent a shift in my approach or interest.
The Chronological part though may turn out to be very difficult if not impossible to adhere to.

That out of the way let us get to the image itself.

An Autumn reflection
The image above was made in November 2006 and as such part of my earliest photos in Greenland.
I had moved to the country a year before and spend it furiously exploring my immediate surrounding with a camera whenever I had the opportunity.
I was at the time both technically and in particularly artistically speaking in my early stage.

I came across the opportunity after a rainy day, the sky still lined with heavy clouds producing a subdued contrast and pleasing colour palette. Being essentially calm, as the norm after heavy rainfall the water puddles were like perfect mirrors.

 The reflection of the two storied red wooden buildings appearing upside down in my frame caught my eye, I had found vantage point from where the supporting pillars from the balcony would lend support to the true orientation of the frame without revealing what rested on them.
The final decision was to include the yellow post in the top right corner. It seemed to somehow create the right balance between tension between colours in the image.

I had at the time not fully formed an opinion or an interest in abstractions in my photographic work and what I did subconsciously would only years later form a conscious tool.

It was my first abstract landscape and while I over the year have produced several such images, where parts of the working elements in the image above have been used, I have never produced one quite like it.

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