Paris, je t’aime…

I hope you enjoyed the last series of images of Paris by Night captured during my last visit in January. I was in Paris only for a few days, mostly to teach a photo workshop and immerse myself in my culture which I need to do often as I live so far away. Here are a few more photographs made that weekend in my home away from home…

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Minneapolis Urbex

I had a blast shooting some urbex photography with friends yesterday. Sorry, I can’t disclose the location, as you can tell by the decrepitude of the buildings, it’s not the safest place to be… But if you like rust and peeling paint, you may enjoy these pics.

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Ordinary Objects Are Beautiful Challenge ~ January

Here are a few more ordinary objects that I found particularly interesting this past month…

 

January Nights ~ Paris

Noisy/grainy pics? Yes! Motion blur? Absolutely! Soft focus? It adds mystery! Reflections? Even better! It’s a feeling, an emotion, a story. Technical perfection is overrated in photography in general. It’s even more true when it comes to street photography. Life in the streets is not perfect, it’s often the flaws that provoke an emotion.

Paris is a beautiful place, January nights start early and offer more photographic opportunities in the streets. Which is your favorite?

 

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Je Suis Charlie

I was far from home when the horrific events took place at Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7. It was really difficult to resist taking the first flight home, I wanted to be with my people. I travelled to Paris two weeks later and felt compelled to visit the site of the heinous crime that shook the world. After I left Charlie Hebdo, I made my way to Place de la République trying to hold back my tears.

It was one of the most emotional moments I had ever experienced.

Je Suis Charlie!

 

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A Minimalist Winter Day in Normandy

I am spending a few days at home in Normandy before teaching a photo workshop in Paris this weekend. I love my morning walks on the beach, any time of the year. The temperature reached the freezing point overnight, the air was nice and brisk this morning on the deserted beach.

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Museum-Goers 07

My first museum visit of 2015 happened yesterday on January 2. It was a busy day at MIA in Minneapolis. It was more challenging to isolate subjects in the crowd, but so much more interesting. Looking up and looking down for new photo opportunities of people reacting to art, mimicking each other or simply taking a break after the busy holiday season!

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Wishing You A Beautiful New Year!

2014 was a fantastic year! I put this little video for you of some of my 2014 street photographs of Paris, the Normandy Coast, Melbourne, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis and more.

Warm Wishes for a Beautiful New Year in 2015!

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The Importance of Remaining Invisible

A street photographer should be able to remain as invisible as possible in order to capture a candid moment without disturbing it. Street photography also requires anticipation and patience. It’s also important not to grab the shot and walk away, other opportunities may develop within seconds to give you another moment in time well worth immortalizing with your camera. This happened to me twice this week while I was roaming the streets of St Paul with my camera. Both times I spotted interesting subjects, grabbed the shot I envisioned and a second one within minutes. Both story telling images that can stand together or on their own.

The Christmas Kiss was an obvious choice of a scene I could not possibly walk by without photographing. Not only the snow had just started to fall in beautiful Rice park, but couples kissing in public in the Midwest is a rare enough occurrence in itself to miss!

I got my shot. Then, within a minute, the couple walked away and I had my second shot.

 

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Then yesterday I was walking through Union Depot with my sons when this woman walked right in front of me through the most beautiful light and shadow pattern a photographer could dream of! I caught her walking out of the frame, which I liked even better as it creates a certain tension in the overall composition. Seconds later, I saw her standing in front of the large windows over looking the railroad tracks and I framed another shot. Happy photographer!

I need to point out that those subjects worked particularly well too because they were elegant and well dressed. Not everyone makes an interesting silhouette. I felt, for a moment, that I was in Paris…

 

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Ordinary Objects Are Beautiful Challenge ~ December

Here are my weekly ordinary object pics for the month of December :)

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