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The Elderly Couple

March 30th, 2011

I saw this scene as I was wandering by the quays somewhere in Paris early last year.

I watched the old couple stroll all the way down that alley, talking as they went. I tried to imagine what their story would be. Are they married, just friends, or both?

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Look Ma, No Shoes!

March 2nd, 2011

My apologies again for the delay since my last post. Will be endeavouring to schedule posts more regularly, but what with work and everything else it’s been proving a little difficult. So thank you for bearing with me. 🙂

This was taken on my trip to the absolutely stunning Maldives in December of last year. It was my first time in a seaplane and I was all excited. I must say, was a fantastic experience and a surprisingly smooth ride with glorious views from the confined but comfy space of the Twin Otter‘s tiny 19-seat cabin.

I took this picture when I looked into the cockpit, the rare moment when I was able to tear myself away from the window. I loved that the pilot was so much in his comfort zone piloting the aircraft that he did so barefoot.

Look for pictures of the view from the windows to follow!

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The Friendly Neighbourhood Hydromancer

January 31st, 2011

As promised, this is another photograph from The Saint’s photoshoot (his garb has, of course, *magically* changed from white to black).

Here he is seen scrying in a bowl of water.

I lit him with one studio strobe shooting through a softbox high to camera left, and another strobe firing through my Lastolite HiLite Background.

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While You Were Sleeping

January 18th, 2011

I know this comes a little late, but still: Happy New Year to you all!

Almost two months have passed since my last post. And so much has happened. I’ve been quite busy, both at and outside of work, a trend which seems to be continuing in this New Year.

I’ve been lucky enough to travel a fair bit since my last post (and taken more planes than care to remember) in the last month and half, with brief stints in 5 countries for both work and pleasure. So the good news is that I managed to make a rather large pile of pictures in the period (about 2159, give or take). The bad news is it may take me some time to sort through them before I can eventually share some with you.

I have lots ready to share with you – and I will, but posts may be erratic for a while yet until I manage to find a work and everything else balance which allows me to update again as before, roughly once-every-second-day. So please bear with me.

Meanwhile, here’s a little something for those who may have fallen asleep waiting for a post:

This picture was taken at an ungodly hour of the morning in India, in a duty-free shop in Hyderabad’s international airport.

On another note, here are some inspiring time lapse photography videos:

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The Saint

December 1st, 2010

Oh my. We’re already in December. Where is the time GOING?!

Well, I may not be around for the next few days. And so until I return I leave you with a few portraits of Abu Dhabi’s resident saint. Now ask yourself – seeing as the X-mas season is upon us – this year, have you been naughty or nice? (Regardless, check out Wired’s list of top 100 mad gift ideas for geeks (and other humanoids) who have everything here.)

And without further ado, meet the saint:

The saint is in fact a (mostly saintly – he knows what he did – tsk tsk) friend of mine who has braved appearing in front of my lens before. I wanted to test out gear and we both aimed to make it fun. Some more shoots from that session will no doubt find their way onto this blog again soon. Below, another candid shot.

I lit the saint from behind on with a studio light firing through my Lastolite Hilite background, and from top left with another studio light firing through a Lastolite softbox.

On another note, today I share with you a number of videos (yep, not exactly photography related, for once) of totally random things made extraordinary through slow motion:

Happy National Day UAE!

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The Ladies & the Gelato

November 23rd, 2010

I’ve been a little busy of late, and not had much time to prepare any posts. Am working towards fixing that, so please bear with me!

I made this shot in Florence, Italy, just before I headed up the hill to the Piazzale Michelangelo. These three German ladies were sitting outside a tiny gelateria, enjoying the sun and the first-class Italian gelato. I love the texture of the wall behind them.

On another note, check out the following:

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Self Portrait on a Train

November 6th, 2010

I was lucky enough to take the train a number of times this year. I can never really get enough of train rides. Especially since it’s a mode of travel which is pretty much non-existent in the Middle East. To me, train rides will always have a certain, perhaps romantic and certainly peaceful, connotation. I enjoy all aspects of travel by train, starting from the bustling chaos in the giant hangar-like boxes that are train stations.

Earlier this year, I’d been trying to slow my life down to the point where I could assimilate it all and start enjoying it again. And I think those train rides in March and April were an excellent place to start. What a perfect way to experience and enjoy the beauty of Spring! But I’ve already waxed lyrical on train rides before, so I’ll stop here.

I was looking over my archives and found these two shots. Self-portraits I took as I was heading back in to Paris. They were silly test shots, but I think they came out alright. I am pleasantly surprised by how much I’ve changed since then.

On another note, here are a few quirky things to enjoy:

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith

October 24th, 2010

Not long ago a friend of mine needed his portrait taken for use in a newspaper article that was to feature him.

So he called me up and we set up a photoshoot in my living room. Once the formal shots were taken, we decided to just have some fun and we even managed to rope his lovely fiancee into the game as well.

I lit them with 2 studio lights, one firing through my (oh-so-awesome) Lastolite HiLite Background which I set up behind them and the other high to camera left firing down and through a softbox.

Here are some of the shots from that day.

Effortlessly cool.

Some of the best advice I had ever been given on how to make people more comfortable in front of a lens consists of three words: give them props!

The super cool super spies.

On another note:

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The Tea Cup

September 1st, 2010

This is a shot from my archives, taken on the plane on the way to Bangalore, India for a wedding in October of last year.

I was setting up to make the portrait of an elderly gentleman and realised that I had packed my speedlights in my suitcase, which was *cough* conveniently in the plane’s hold.

So, I had to work with available light. Must say, not much light on a plane. I ended up switching on every reading light I could find and directing it, so far as possible, in the direction of my subject (which is why there are so many spots of light reflecting in the kind old man’s eyes).

I made a number of test shots, with the kind assistance of my frs. This was one of them. I loved how it turned out.

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Hands II

February 2nd, 2010

Back in September of last year, I began a mini-project to photograph something I felt was relatively neglected and which offers a glimpse at a person’s inner world: hands.

It’s been a while since I added anything along those lines. So here are a couple of shots.

More pictures coming soon!

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