03 March 2014
I'm late with this. I hadn't been up to the Niederdorf for a while, and it came as a shock to discover that Frankie B, coiffuer extraordinaire, and one of the Niederdorf's great characters had passed away.
I didn't know Frankie that well, but as co-patrons of the local hostelries we bumped into each other regularly. Every-friendly, ever jovial, and a true original, I don't think we'll see the like of him or his salon again.
I looked out this shot which I took in the salon some years ago. For me it's a good memory.
07 February 2014
Paris is a favourite city of mine - I'm not the only one, although a lot of people unaccountably dismiss it for all sorts of odd reasons. Often a puzzling assertion that the Parisians are unfailingly rude. Even if they were, it would still be a favourite destination for me.
It's a spacious, generously proportioned city, and surprisingly small if you just take the area inside the peripherique. A key feature is that new building and development is located outside this ring, retaining the character, one of wide boulevards and long site lines.
This is the long view of the Arc de Triomphe, from La Defense (the other Arc). It's a view I find endlessly pleasing.
04 February 2014
I don't often do colour photos, even when taken with a camera capable of them! I'm more into tones, shape, proximity, relations, content, blah blah blah. Occasionaly though I do like a colour motif. This one is a little bit threadbare, a bit cliched - a little splash of red on an otherwise monochrome-ish background. It's redeemed a bit by capturing the stride and the glance - bit of luck there - and by the slanty sunlight. It would have been nice to move the "Dolce Vita" sign, but some things you just have to live with.
01 February 2014
Venice is a slow city, despite the tourist reputation. No cars. Lots of squares and street corners to stop and pass the time of day
Winter is also kind for the photographer, with low light, angles, space etc
17 January 2014
Came across a group of young photographers in Zurich - out in the late afternoon light with a string of Nikon FM slrs. It's amazing how, if you're an old photographer like me, you can spot film SLR's at 100 meters.
Anyway, they kindly posed for the photo. Really nice folk - I wish I'd stayed and talked a bit more about their experience with film - I hope it's a positive one (no pun intended!). NB note the two-to-one demographic...
28 December 2013
During winter, atmospherics over the Swiss Lakes offer plenty of opportunities for - creativity....
Lake Zürich, early morning with the Zürichhorn on the left.
Lake Luzern - the Vierwaldstättersee - seen from Vitznau, with a Lake steamer approaching from Beckenried
21 December 2013
So, I took a third of the image and put it on the left. Another third and put it on the right. The last third I just threw away
20 December 2013
There is a visual charm which, although melancholic, surrounds Venice in the winter months. When the winter sun picks out the details we might not feel so far removed from spring and summer. But in the damp aftermath of a shower, when people have taken refuge from the streets, the character of the city changes and belongs for a short time to anyone willing to take the time to explore.
18 December 2013
A series of images taken from floating vantage points. You are missing a lot of what makes Venice unique if you don't spend a reasonable amount of time on the water.
12 December 2013
The Venice Lido is famous, but normally as a sweltering summer destination for Italians (and others) to sun themselves. Or as the setting for Thomas Mann's novella Death in Venice, and the subsequent film. Or as the cinematographic beanfeast that is the Venice Film Festival - also in summer.
In winter it takes on a surreal, desolate appearance. Deserted like the skewed landscape of a dystopian Ballardian novel.