Category Archives: Photography

A bowl of cherries

I harvested some cherries in the garden today and was about to eat them when an idea struck my mind.  They look so lusciously good, I must photograph them!

So the photoshoot began and it actually required a lot of decision-making ….

First,  a beautiful subject (the cherries) must be accented with  an equally beautiful prop (the bowl).

Thought I should add a branch that shows the fruits but was at a loss where would I place it.

 That’s better!

 

Noticed the vase of flowers.. hmmm, colourful!

 

Such a beautiful clematis, by the way, I should take a close-up.  The chamomile flowers look great, too!

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Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
What you have caught on film is captured forever…
it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.
……Aaron Siskind

Paris Magnum © Hotel de Ville

 

This is what I adore about Paris!  I could virtually dedicate a day just visiting exhibitions and they come so aplenty!  Why not?  It’s only a 40-minute train journey  from our suburban home  so I might as well plan my trip.   The good thing about Parisian exhibitions is, a lot of them are free so it’s not really a bank-breaking leisure activity.  So after seeing the Klimt exhibit  (which I don’t mind shelling out 16.50euros because the works on display were carefully transported here from Vienna), I went to see the free-for-all  “Paris Magnum”  expo at the Hotel de Ville.   “Magnum Photos” is undeniably a legend and a visit to one of its exhibitions is the ultimate dream of serious photographers, moreso for  aspiring  street photographers like yours truly!

A total of 130  iconic images of photojournalism pioneers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa,  Marc Riboud, Raymond Depardon, Martin Parr, Elliott Erwitt, among others, are displayed in one room of the Paris City Hall depicting the capital’s metamorphosis from the late 1930s up to the present:  the trade union strikes,  the liberation of Paris, the student protests, the war in Algeria, the 1968 student protests, the arrival of the mini-skirt, the creation of HLM’s (socialized housing), politics, celebrities and the day-to-day scenes of Parisian life.

Photography is not allowed so all these photos you are seeing, except the first one above, were gathered from the net so as  to give you a flavor of what they are like.  And after browsing on them, you be the judge why Street Photography is so special.  We, photographers, are historians in the making.  What we take now becomes a historical evidence for future generation to discover.

“There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”- Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

Spectators at Longchamp Racecourse, 1952 © Robert Capa

1953 © Marc Riboud

Paris, 1949 © Elliott Erwitt
Here are the beginnings of the photographic work of Elliott Erwitt: a mix of spontaneity, mockery and humor.

View of  Notre-Dame, 1953 © Henri Cartier-Bresson

In front of the Fouquet’s on the Champs-Elysees, 1970 © Elliott Erwitt

-French Teen on a boat along the Seine, 1988 © David Alan Harvey

Zazou, the painter of the Eiffel tower, 1953 – © Marc Riboud

Paris, 1967 © Raymond Depardon

Place de l’Europe. Gare Saint Lazare, 1932 © Henri Cartier-Bresson

Town of Saint-Ouen, 1936 © David Seymour

© Henri Cartier-Bresson

Picasso in his Parisian workshop,  1944.© Robert Capa

© Martin Parr

Rue de Vaugirard, 1968 © Henri Cartier-Bresson

Liberation of Paris,  1944 © Robert Capa

1996 © Gueorgui Pinkhassov

“Paris Magnum” at Hotel de Ville
From  12 Dec to 28 March, 2015

“Photography gave me happiness”

…thus says Sabine Weiss, the 90-year old Swiss-born living legend of Photography whose samples of her works spanning half a century are being exhibited today at the Salon de la Photo 2014. She took her first photograph when she was 12 years old and since then her camera has enabled her to keep an authentic visual record of life and the people around her.

Truth of the matter is, that’s what I have been doing the last several years and reading stories like this of iconic photographers just boosted my belief that I am not getting obsessed over nothing.
Oh well, I’ve been so lucky to see her on person today, plus, I got the chance again to click my shutter on scenes and backgrounds truly Parisian. It’s great to be back to my still-favorite city of them all…

Enjoy the photos!


If this is the kind of image that can win a photo competition, then what am I waiting for?


Photographers, amateur and pro, are all ears to the seminar conducted by Nikon


Sabina Weiss, up close and personal

Wedding Pictorial at Jardin du Luxembourg

Spring flowers – I just can’t get enough of them, so that when I was in Paris the other day, I went from park to park scouting for lovely blooms.  And it was at the Jardin du Luxembourg that I saw not only flowers, I also stumbled upon a  wedding pictorial!

This is one of those rare moments that I could practice shooting, I thought, so I went clicking the shutter nonstop.  The tulips in the foreground and the French Senate as a backdrop, what a romantic setting for a Wedding Photography!

Enjoy the photos!

 

The runaway Bride and Groom


He swept her off her feet!


With her veil blowing away…


They have only eyes for each other!

Smile! you’re on camera…

 

 You and me against the world