What drew me to make this photograph was the expression on the woman’s face. She was trying so hard to get the “perfect picture” of Niagara Falls and making sure she held her camera just right. After developing the roll of film I noticed that the little girls shorts match the woman’s shirt giving them a connection.
I have all the touristy pictures from Paris that everyone captures while they are there from previous trips. This time while I was in Paris I wanted to capture something unique but still recognize it was in Paris. My wife and I had just climbed the stairs to the top of the Eiffel tower and was walking to a night bike tour we signed up for. I saw this pregnant woman sitting on the bench by herself enjoying a good book with the Eiffel tower as a backdrop, It was exactly what I wanted.
I now have this framed in my office and still enjoy looking at it every day. My only regret was that I didn’t offer to send her a copy. I’m sure she would have loved to remember this moment. Her child is probably close to a year and a half by now.
It’s been a little while since my last post, lots going on with a busy summer to just needing a break from social media. I’m happy to report that I’m back and will be sharing more personal images with stories. Images are made to share, not stored on a hard drive. Stories are also important and make the image more alive. Some stories will be brief others a little longer.
Today’s image is of my youngest daughter taken in New York last year using my Leica M6 on Portra 400 film. I love the filtered light and the path curving out of the frame to the left. The red and blue colors draw the eye to that part of the frame then continue down the path. Thank you for taking the time to slow down and read this. We are bombarded with images every day, it’s nice to slow down and truly enjoy them.
I’ve started a new project called “From the Window”. Living in the American west we spend a lot of time in our vehicles rather than walking or biking like most large cities or in European countries. With my kids getting older I’m now able to let them drive so I can enjoy the scenery and document what I see.
This image was taken a few days ago while driving through Wyoming for our spring break.
These types of scenes are getting more common and easier to photograph. These two had no idea I was right behind them documenting their experience at Niagara Falls, Canada.
I began my photography journey while working in San Francisco about ten years ago. I enjoy going back to revisit familiar places and find new adventures.
I like how the man in the back is looking over my right shoulder. If he were looking towards the front like the rest of the people this image wouldn’t be interesting to me.
Leica released the new M10 today. Two things I really like about this compared to my M240 is the larger viewfinder and the dedicated ISO wheel on the top. I don’t anticipate I will be switching to this body, my M240 body is 5 months old and will last me for a long time. It’s nice that Leia builds their products so well I don’t have the desire to need the latest release.
Well done Leica on the improvements. (image courtesy of Leica)
Taken on a recent trip to New York. I really like how the yellow and red colors pop in this image.
Louvre Museum, Paris 2015
Today’s configuration: Leica M(240) with Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.4
Venice is one of my favorite places to photograph. I spent a few days there last year and would love to go back for a week or two next time. This was taken early in the morning as the locals were heading to work and school. The shaft of light was gorgeous and I had to document what I saw.