Geneva locks

We’re taking a trip down memory lane here. Almost two years ago now (holy crap, how time flies), for my birthday in August, Leslie, Peter, Lefteris, and I took a trip to Geneva to go to CERN, WHICH WAS SUPER AWESOME, and which I’ll do another post about shortly. While we were there, I (as usual) shot a lot of locks, and surprisingly, it was really kind of a jackpot in the lock department. The whole portfolio is here, but here are some highlights… I’m not sure if this is a keyhole on the left, but if it is, that[…]

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San Francisco locks

My lock portfolio is about to get a massive infusion. I’ve seen some great ones around the world lately…out for a walk in Camden, then in San Francisco, and especially in Venice, where Lefteris and I spent last weekend. For today: locks of San Francisco. Well, the first is from Burlingame, but the rest are from the Mission district. I love the juxtaposition of the various lock/jail/freedom/free/finance messages. I would’ve shot this even if there wasn’t a physical lock there! I thought these door buzzer locks were interesting (love the one with “bottom, middle, top” in a vertical list…). But[…]

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New Orleans!

We just flew back from New Orleans, and BOY ARE MY ARMS TIRED. But seriously, folks. It was the first time I’ve been back to the US since I moved abroad, but I’ve never actually been to NOLA or spent any time in the South, so it was all new. Most importantly, the whole family – officially related or not – was gathered for my brother Aaron’s wedding. I shot the wedding – what a pleasure – and there will be posts to come on that, but there was plenty of time for shooting around New Orleans as well. One[…]

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Locks

You may have noticed that I shoot a lot of photos of locks. I started doing this in Tibet. It made a lot of sense to me at the time; who’s locking who in…or out? I felt like it was an interesting lens to see the country through. Also, they’re interesting because there are differences and similarities between every lock – which gives a nice platform for playing with geometry, composition, focus, etc. I finally went through and made a portfolio of all my favorite lock shots. At the moment there are locks from China, Tibet, Denmark, Mexico, England, Argentina,[…]

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Andalucia day 6 part 1: the Mezquita

I’ve obviously fallen behind on posting about Andalucia; there are still a few more little adventures to go. Today: the Mezquita! Ahhhhh, the Mezquita. So bizarre and so beautiful. Here are the Cliff’s Notes: around 600 AD the building was started as a Christian church. In 784, it was built in earnest as a mosque. Leaders added on and on and on to it over the following centuries until it reached its current dimensions in 987, filling it with giant arches of granite, jasper, onyx, and marble. It was turned back into a Christian church in 1236. Then the weird[…]

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Andalucia day 4: Gibraltar

Since Morocco was pretty exhausting, we decided to go for broke and spend the next day in Gibraltar. Gibraltar is weird in nearly every way. Here are a few of them: The best way in is to WALK across the border. It’s tiny so parking is terrible. There’s only one airstrip at the airport, so there aren’t many flights. That’s why we stayed in La Linea the night before. Walking across was kind of a joke as the guard barely looked at our passports. After crossing the border, you have to cross Gibraltar’s airport’s airstrip. Yes: you WALK ACROSS a[…]

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Andalucia day 3 part 2: Morocco

This post is long, but who cares! I’m keeping it all in the above the jump. We took a day tour of Morocco with a Spanish tour company called FlandriaBus. This worked out about…oh…a bazillion times better than I thought it would. For about 60 Euros apiece, we got our round trip ferry ride, followed by a trip to Tetouan and Tangiers and back in a large van, with a guide who has been doing this for 30 years or so. The boat left Algeciras (maybe a 15 minute drive from where we were staying in La Linea), boud for[…]

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Andalucia day 1: the Alhambra

For this year’s Christmas/New Years holiday trip, I consider the flying day “Day 0” because 1) we got up at 3 to get to the airport, so we were completely out of our minds most of the day, 2) the plane actually got turned around in the air and sent back to London because there was a medical emergency (I hope the person is all right), and 3) we didn’t really do anything of note other than get the car and get our (my) first taste of driving in the tiny Spanish streets of Granada, which was quite enough, thank[…]

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Athens

On Thanksgiving this year (which in the UK is, of course, known simply as “Thursday”), Lefteris and I took off for a long long weekend in Athens. It was my first time in Greece and ooooooh, did I love it. We’ll be going back a few times this year so there will be more photos in other seasons, but here are a few from this trip. Just after we arrived: A lock at the Acropolis – we went there the second day, and spent so much time in the museum that we were too late to go to the actual[…]

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Photos from Argentina & Uruguay

The two above (and most below) were shot at Recoleta (a cemetary). With the first, I loved how the plants, the living things, were locked in. And the second was shot holding my 100mm lens backwards in front of my camera. Never tried that before but it creates some ethereal artifacts I liked.

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