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The Photographer

April 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

The Photographer

Taken in Venice, last August.

This is Jakarta, Old Jakarta to be precise.

We have learned the hard way to wait 24 hours for our bags to catch up when travelling to Indonesia. This short stop allowed us to take in the local scene.

Initially the sight of such poor lives saddened me, but I quickly realised these people weren’t visibly sad. Despite the squalor and stench I saw plenty of smiles and even a few laughs.

Locals, Old Jakarta

Taxi Driver, Old Jakarta

Jakarta, Streetside

Break Time

TV Repair Guy

 

Terra Firma

February 19, 2014 — 1 Comment

We were nearly a week at sea before the chance for a short excursion where I took this photo. Simple lives with, seemingly, few material possessions but there were broad smiles all round.

Children of Raja Ampat

Thanks for your patience and London’s streets will be back from next week!

Michael

Memories Of Venice

December 12, 2013 — 1 Comment

Taken last August, the Sun beat down and those in Gondolas had no escape from the canals already teaming with boats.

Memories Of Venice

Well, they might be enjoying the ride just a little bit.

From Venice’s Streets

September 2, 2013 — 1 Comment

As with all cities, there is the glamorous, the real and normal lives of others and those who try to profit from any and all. As a street photographer, I look for the out of place and Venice is no exception.

So here’s a few from Venice’s streets, from glam to sham.

San Marco II

Venecian Romance

Impressed

Tired

Meeting of the mustaches

Cursed

Hot Bags On A Hot Day

And, in front of the luxury bag shop too!

Unscrupulous Markets

San Marco

August 31, 2013 — Leave a comment

Some days I love tourists and others not so much. Our few days in Venice presented us with a tourist ultimatum and I simply had to get with the programme. Deal with it.

Impressed

I love this shot for the sheer number of reaction expressions to their first sight of the famous San Marco. And, of course, the umbrellas!

I do hope your weekend is sunny.
Michael

This is Suzy, truly my best half. We had an excellent wedding although, if Nan could scuba dive, Suz might have had us all in wet suits and exchanging vows with an audience of Anemone fish and schooling Snappers!

Cool Bride
And then on to a fantastic few days in Venice, where the traditional City mumble of cars and buses are replaced with boat motors and the near constant mating call, “Gondola Gondola”.

Gondola Gondola

We are glad to be back… well, until we walked through our front door to a very sodden and squishy carpet!

Not sure about blessing the rains in Africa, but our place certainly was this weekend.

It’s luxury camping they said. Proper beds and furniture and showers they said.

I didn’t like camping before, glam or no glam, and sleeping overnight in what is essentially a desert is a new and specific level of hell for me.

Dawn at Spitzkoppe

This is the dawn, over Spitzkoppe, Namibia. It ever so slightly made up for the camping.

Themes are always open to interpretation and, to win competitions, you need to almost climb into the minds of judges to work out what they think is a ‘scenic wonder’.

Acacia Trees In The Late Afternoon Sun

This is Namibia. I took a condensed tour, north to south, with Marsel Van Oosten and the whole journey was a series of wondrous scenes.

This is a grand image of 2 long since dead desiccated trees however, on the 1km walk to this pan, peaking over the final dune and seeing these trees, they seemed so modest and small.

Cameras. Lying bastards!

Hot Hot Hot!

July 18, 2013 — Leave a comment

Last week I was at sea. The heat, at least 40º Celsius, was bearable with the constant wind across the ocean. Back on terra firma, in Sharm El Sheik, it was windless calm and the heat really beat down.

I was shooting all the time and these two images I exposed for the subjects, however the intense sun really blew out – well, just a little thanks to Monochrom – the backgrounds. It occurred to me this could really work in my favour to convey a sense of the intensity of the heat.

No wind and ridiculously hot!

Na'ama Bay

Does anyone else agree?