Paris

In May I had the good fortune to be invited to contribute to a colloquium on religions in  Chinese “diasporic” contexts jointly hosted by the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales and Groupe de Sociologie des religions et de la Laïcité. There was very little time for sightseeing and photography but a few glimpses seemed worth sharing.

Music in the street.

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Sorry; no time to focus. In my defence:”Sharpness is a bourgeois concept” (Henri Cartier Bresson)

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The light was already fading…

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Time for dinner…and wine…

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back to the streets…

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and then homeward bound…

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Selfie-referential

self (1 of 1)

 

Nikon D800e, black backdrop and shirt, double exposure, SB700 flash, contrast adjustment in LR5, too much Baudrillard (and no Photoshop).

 

形(無)形 at MOA

Here are three images made with my Nikon FM and a roll of TMAX 400 35mm film during a visit to  the recent exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Thanks to curator Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura and Post Doctoral Fellow April Liu for the excellent tours and programming that accompanied the exhibit.

(In)visible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art explores how traditional and religious beliefs and modern values are integrated in this vibrant country. The exhibition features works by seven contemporary Taiwanese artists, who express and visualize religious beliefs, myths and the spiritual world with modern sensitivities.

MOA Taiwan (2 of 4)

MOA Taiwan (3 of 4)

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Yogurt lid-scape

I glanced down at the yogurt lid next to my day-commencing bowl of blueberries, raspberries, mixed nuts, ground flax seeds, and yes, Greek yogurt to see this curious scape caught by the sunlight screaming in through the deck-door glass; and so, before evaporation could take its course, out came the tripod, 24-70mm, two shots and then back to breaking my fast.

 

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Playing with Perspective in Puddles

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puddles (3 of 3)

 

After a rainfall the sun came out for a couple of hours and I wanted to play with perspective and reflections by trying to turn puddles into larger bodies of water.

I used my Hasselblad 500CM and Zeiss 80mm Compur lens with Ilford HP5 Plus 400 120mm. The camera has no light meter and is forcing me to carefully assess the lighting conditions before pressing the shutter button with only twelve 6x6cm frames per reel.

These were made with my camera on the gravel in a parking lot near Crab Park in East Van. The sun was so bright in the second shot I had to hold a 77mm grad filter in front of the lens, guesstimate the right exposure setting and hope for a high contrast image. Scanning is one thing but I am keen to see what tray processing the prints will be like.

One extra note: Many thanks are owed to veteran camera technician Horst Wenzel. He brought the camera back to life after the lens locked up due to a faulty spring. Horst told me it should now last longer than me. If you have an old film camera that is not functioning he can probably help.