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  • Closed path

    I’m still into preliminary works for my second art project (a book). I’m trying to get a particular monochrome tone to convey some of my feelings. I feel I’m getting close… Patience and persistence can pay off…

    Today, I’ve visited an old Parisian railroad from the 19th century. It’s no longer in use since 1934. It was converted to a pleasant, green promenade. But what attracted my eyes the most was this closed passage with the shiny and beefy chain. It probably resonated more with my feelings than the calmness of the different shades of green. 

  • Preliminary works

    In an earlier entry, I was talking about doing the preliminary works for my second art project (a book). The goal is to find the right black-and-white tone for this project. This is my main focus since a couple of weeks.

    Recently I’ve been to the Parc de la Villette in the 19th district of Paris in the hope of making a few steps ahead. You can see one of my favorite photograph of the session. It represents La Géode, a dome that holds a theatre inside. You can learn more about the construction here.

  • No more test shots for now

    After doing test shots with my new setup (FP L and Voigtländer Heliar) for a while, I’ve finally started doing the preliminary works for my second art project. The first one is a book about the real Paris (it’s nearly complete, just lacking the funds to self-publish it right now), my second art project will also be a book but not mainly about Paris.

    The purpose of these preliminary works is about finding the right black-and-white tone. I would like to explore a lighter style than the high-contrast monochrome I used since I got my GR III.

    So, yesterday morning I’ve been to the Père-Lachaise cemetery with my camera to explore a rather light shade of monochrome photography. You can see one of my favorite shots from this session next to this entry.

My Art Projects

Art Project #1

Status: working on it right now!

A big, beautiful black-and-white book about Paris pictured in a personal, human, and often emotional, manner. This will be different from the glamour clichés you’re used to when it comes to Paris.

Random Anecdotes About Me

This is one of the most beautiful and touching encounters I’ve made during one of my street photography sessions. I met a very nice homeless guy. He posed when he saw my camera, we chatted a bit and sympathized. He needed some help so we went to the department store. While going there and returning, he shared his story with me. It was a story of pain, struggles, and loneliness. But also of hope, as he was strong enough to stop drinking and trying to regain control of his life. I returned home happy that I’d given a little help to a bro’ with a beautiful soul but sad that I couldn’t do more…

My Latest Blog Posts

  • Creating art with a camera requires a phase of exploration. Test shots and preliminary works are useful “tools” for the photographer for this exploration, but they serve very different purposes. Read on. Test shots in photography Let’s start with test shots: their purpose is to test to appreciate the peculiarities of photographic gear, camera software…

  • Like me, probably other photographers may consider a compact camera like the FP L after getting a Ricoh GR III / IIIx. Here’s a visual comparison plus a few of my humble thoughts. Ricoh GR III and SIGMA FP L size comparison photos The FP L is pictured below with a Rayqual LM-LA M mount adapter, the…

  • I’ve been doing test shots for some time now with my new photography setup (FP L + Heliar lens). It helps me get a feel of the camera, the sensor, the software, and the lens. It also helps me to slowly be in harmony with my new friends. Below you’ll find my my latest impressions and test shots. You can see my…