It's become a bit of a trend over the last few years to (rightly) question where the genre of Street Photography is heading towards. With typical arguments decrying the facts that "everybody calls themselves photographers", "everybody carries a camera", "social media sites are flooded with bad and mediocre images", ""likes" have become more important than real skill", bla bla bla, together they stack up making a highly compelling case motivating the demise of Street Photography.Read More
I quickly realized that this very Jaipur trip was kind of my Street- and Travel Photography genesis, ground zero where it all started. Apart from a disturbing, unhealthy fascination with the "dutch angle" at the time, and shooting most images in a cinematic 16:9 ratio (even in portrait!) this set of images is the first one that showed some kind of promise.Read More
As already mentioned, I find modern Doha to be an extremely harsh city. For unknown reasons, there appears to be a resistance from the Municipality and property developers alike to avoid softening the urban cityscape by significant green landscaping, and to be fair, with some noticeable exceptions.Read More
Proud that one of my images, taken in Hanoi (Vietnam) is published in the latest Urban Eye Magazine (January 2017 Edition), but also with sadness that this is the last edition ...Read More
I spent my last week in Galle to mostly travel around the area, in an almost desperate attempt to see and capture as much possible quality stock before my return to Doha. This is (as always) made easier by renting a scooter, and with the wonders of Google maps in my pocket, deep explorations into the back roads and rural farmlands is always possible without the angst of getting lost.Read More
As always, my trusted Fuji X100s, a constant travel companion of circa four years, accompanied me. However, having also recently accuired a new Leica Q, I was interested in seeing which one of these tools suit me best. Admittedly, my heart layed with the Fuji before the trip, as my short time with the Leica has been slightly unimpressive to date.Read More
Just added two new sections to my Gallery, namely Colorscapes and Monoscapes.Read More
Despite repeated visits to the obvious hunting grounds, I also consciously try to force myself to recognize the less obvious "charms" of Qatar and Doha's generally bland, uninspiring scenery.Read More
I was delighted to start my official 'hunting season" this last weekend by visiting the rustic charms of the old faithful stomping grounds of Souk Waqif in downtown Doha.Read More
Obviously I want my website to be seen and hopefully enjoyed by others, otherwise what's the point? This became a sensitive point for me when, despite my constant efforts to promote, views remained disappointingly (and consistently) low.Read More
It is always easy finding a bakery in Syria. Apart from being plentiful and mostly located in well exposed locations, one just need to follow the great aroma of freshly backed bread to the open shopfront window swiftly serving fresh, hot, steaming flat breads to customers queuing in the street outside.Read More
What always used to fascinate me was how Syria appeared and felt like it was literally thirty years behind most modern industrial nations, a time-warp taking one back to the times before big factories and a simpler lifestyle.Read More
With Aleppo again being in the international news for all the wrong reasons, I feel sad in the knowledge that many of the areas in Syria that I've been privileged to visit and experience before the 2011 start of this dreadful civil war, have been damaged at best, or at worst, completely destroyed.Read More
Not looking for any excuses, I can understand that out of focus subjects can be a big issue in the commercial photography world, but is a less-than-tack-sharp street photo really bad if it still serves the purpose of capturing and conveying a particular special moment that would’ve otherwise been lost forever?Read More
After many years of street shooting, all the time working almost exclusively in colour (and yellow for the last part), I think that a great colour display helped me to rediscover and appreciate the qualities of black and white. I started becoming interested in things like tonal ranges, shadow detail and light qualities.Read More
After an absence of almost three years, I'm about to take off for a week in Cape Town! The last time I returned to South Africa was around mid-2012 and I recall writing this overwhelmingly negative article about my impressions and street photography experiences at the time. I stayed on in South Africa for another year or so after this arcticle before moving on again, but have to admit that over time I started feeling slightly better about the charms that Johannesburg has to offer. Though my destination is different this time, I'm hoping for an overwhelmingly positive experience this time round. The original 2011 article:Read More
With wide ranging clampdowns on the freedoms of Street Photographers throughout many parts of the world at the time, the intention if the original article was to provide fellow street photographers with some informative guidelines to avoid legal problems when out photographing in the Middle East. At the time I didn’t quote and analyse any official, legal facts on general Middle Eastern policies and laws on Street Photography, but purely shared some of my own experiences and observations that would hopefully help to keep photographers out of unwanted trouble with the law.Read More
I found it difficult making the mental switch, feeling mostly like a bumbling beginner street photographer aimlessly shooting whatever looks mildly interesting in a desperate attempt to just bag ONE keeper.Read More
As a long-time resident in the Middle East Gulf, our desert summers are pretty extreme in terms of high temperatures and uncomfortable, humid conditions. Only the bravest, and certifyable insane will venture out with their cameras, and then only to realise that it was a massive mistake - even in the dead of night. Summer is therfore usually the time to revisit my old photo stock and catching up on some overdue editing.Read More
There are so many of my piers who simply excel at their blogging, which makes me wonder what I can possibly do to (at least) equal their efforts. There are an overwhelming number of brilliant technique, gear and other blogs / websites out there, who I don't really want to emulate or even try to compete with. Simply said, such blogs take a lot of effort, know-how and perseverance to put together, manage and market.
As an amateur photographer, novice blogger and regular bloke relying on a fairly demanding day job and lifestyle to support my street / travel photography passions, I'll probably be better off if this blog remains a simple extension of my website, focussing mainly on being a communication tool for what I'm busy working on, perhaps a some before-and-after processing posts, a place to post my thoughts, rants and raves, and sharing of interesting ideas and materials I come across from time to time. I've written a few "articles" before which I may also post here.
Anyway, hoping to keep this blog simple, unpretentious, casual, conversational and just a bit of fun. Given some time, it will turn into what it wants to be. If that is what you're looking for after a hard day at work, I look forward to your kind support and encouragement.