Taken through a hotel window early in the morning on a dusky November day. The light (on which I admit I had to work a bit) gives the picture a somewhat forbidding atmosphere and at the same time makes the houses look like toys.

Given the recent events, this old photo seemed fitting. And it's from the Ricoh series.



In an effort to get rid of some of my cameras (not that I have that many, mind you), I sold the Ricoh some days ago. And in a subsequent bout of nostalgia I went through the photos I took with this camera to see if there had been some I didn't do justice to. Here's one I found and I'll probably add a few more in the next weeks.

This one was taken looking out of the window of the Acela somewhere between Boston and New York in 2009.


Working the situation some more

As promised. A few days later, but still the same building. Now with more birds, though, and without a street lamp.

And this was the first time ever I've used Rollei RPX 400. I'm not sure yet if I like it or not. (As far as I understand, someone bought the rights to use the name. The film is not manufactured by the famous German camera maker.)

The photo was slightly cropped and I worked quite a bit on the tonal values of the sky.


Working the situation

I have an ongoing debate with Olaf about working the situation during which I quite vigorously took up a position against chimping and argued that you can't take the same photo twice anyway.

Of course, I went over the top a bit for the sake of "philosophical clarity." While I generally like Eggleston's attitude of shooting each subject only once, I certainly sometimes try different viewpoints, angles, f-stops, or distances. And there are even cases where I return to the scene of the crime later and pick up where I left.

This is one such example that I already worked on about three weeks ago. It's the same building and I used the same camera, the same lens, and the same film to take a photo from almost the same place. But enough things have changed (including the house itself) to definitely make this a very different picture. Whether that makes it a new one or only a variation of the old one, I'll let you decide.

I'll likely work this "situation" even more...



A very simple picture that I took more than two years ago and almost forgot. It recently began to grow on me, though, if you allow the pun.

Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA.


Fake bird

It's time for a window view again.


Behind bars

From the same day as the other one. And probably not the last one from that day I'm going to show. My experience is that on some days you have several keepers while on others you can fill rolls and rolls of film without one good shot. I guess I'm not alone...



Alexey Brodovitch's Ballet is a wonderful book. But it's also one of the rarest and most sought-after photo books in the world. So far, I only knew those parts of this seminal work that were reproduced in Jane Livingston's The New York School. However, the very commendable Books on Books series recently released a "study" of Ballet which I immediately ordered.

The funny coincidence now is that the book arrived about a week ago and two days later I had to bring my daughter to her ballet lessons and (what I usually don't have to) pick her up again an hour later. Inspired by Brodovitch's book, I decided to take my Leica with me and stay there in order to take some shots. Here's the one I like best. And, yes, these are my daughter's feet.


Election Eve

We had a state election here two weeks ago and due to a couple of new rules a lot of people thought that it was a lot more complicated than usual. This picture somehow seems to confirm that.

Incidentally, today's title is also the name of a book by William Eggleston...



Taken only a few meters away from the previous one. It's probably not readily apparent on screen, but due to limited depth of field and the slight mist the print renders the inner square as if it were a drawing or a painting.

See also here.


Frappant revisited

The Frappant building again, about a year later. This is also from the first roll of film I shot with my new (used) M6 TTL which I mainly bought for its 0.58 viewfinder. The M7 will have to go eventually...

And, yes, in case you've been following this blog you will have noticed that I've switched back to the old format only a few weeks after I made the big change. Turns out several people convinced me that they liked it better this way, so there you have it again, with only very minor changes.