Memories For Sale
Réflexions de la Bastille
Pulling the Boat
420lbs LiftMongolian World Sumo Champion Byamba lifts all 420 pounds of USA's Kelly Gneiting, and slams him into the ground, during the 2013 US Sumo Open at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Los Angeles, California. The power of these fights is hard to capture. A monumental amount of energy is released in such a short time, and in a quick slam the battle is over. I created this composite image from a burst of photos I took during the critical moment of this heavy-weight fight. I picked the decisive frames that expressed the key moments in the short story, and merged them together in a linear sequence. Notice the spectators in the back, their expressions changing through the brief and shocking moments.
Miss MoiréA woman with an exemplary collection of contrasting patterns sits pointedly at the Bolsa Chica State Beach, California. Unaware of my presence, Miss Moiré sits on a bench, summoning her pinstriped, zebra-patterned, polka-dotted, speckled, halftone powers.
BiomimeticsJuxtaposed to a reflected penguin, a woman wearing black and white searches for information in one of the terminals of the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris My favorite shot from Paris, great contrast, color, and juxtaposition. I was on the interior balcony of the museum, and saw the lady playing with the touch screen controls. As I moved by, the reflection of the penguin from a lower level appeared. I quickly sat on the floor lining up the reflection into the darker shape, locked my lens hood between the balcony's bars to avoid shake, and took two shots before the lady moved away. The shifting hues of the museum lights gave a nice set of complimentary colors.
Enslaved FamilyA family of chimpanzees hold each other tightly inside one of the cages at the Los Angeles City Zoo, California. Despite the indispensable job zoos are responsible for, I find it hard to look at the caged animals without feeling sad for their trapped existence. I caught this moment, with the chimpanzee's clenched fist behind bars, while the baby was cuddled in his sleep.
Daffodil SeparationDaffodils face away from each other, and so do two kids behind them, at the Jardin des Plantes, Paris. I saw the two kids approaching down the path, and I thought the juxtaposition with the flowers would create a nice image. I had only two seconds to frame, change manual settings, and get one shot. I snapped the photo at the time when both kids were looking away from each other in the same angle as the daffodils, and just by chance framed the two trashcans on top too, which had yellow bags, and vertical bands that hold the whole composition together. The bars of the bench also offer an air of separation to the whole shot. Lots going on for such a simple subject.
Catacombs ArmyA wall stretches down a curved corridor, made from a small collection of the over 6 million skeletons that inhabit The Catacombs of Paris, France. They don't allow tripods at The Catacombs, and I wanted to shoot at f/11 to get a sharper foreground, which meant a very long exposure. I gathered a little pile of pebbles on the ground, rested the camera on them, and got my sharp 8 second exposure that way. The artificial lights make it hard to find good spots, I prefer it when the light is diffused, indirect, more natural. Finding foreground elements is really tough, this was one of few curved walls that allowed this sort of foreground/background play.
Curious YouthThree young statues express their precocious curiosity at the Vigeland Sculpture Park of Oslo, Norway. Gustav Vigeland was a very prolific sculptor, his park in Oslo is the largest sculpture park in the world by a single artist. I had fun exploring character juxtapositions and new interpretations, the combinations are endless, especially when using a long lens.
Memories For SaleA mirror opens a portal into a forgotten memory at the Mauerpark flea market, Berlin. One of my favorite shots from the trip. We were at the busy flea market in Mauerpark on a warm Saturday afternoon. I saw the woman reflected in the hanging mirror, so I hung around the far end of the antiques table and waited for a good shot.
Paramount SoldierYoung soldier reflected on a window is ready for a Nerf battle, at the western movie sets of the Paramount Ranch, California. A group of kids were playing a capture the flag Nerf battle, I was pretending to shoot through the dirty windows while in reality I was getting reflections of the kids behind me. This young soldier stopped to check out what I was doing, and I fit his ghostly reflection on the side of the frame.
Prayer BoxThe Virgin sits above the supplicants at the Basilica de la Merced in Santiago, Chile. Posted with no comment.
SpunkA pressurized spray of foamy water is suspended in front of Abercrombie & Fitch poster at Universal City Walk. Studio City, California. We were walking around City Walk for a photo trip with the Disney layout crew, finding interesting compositions and patterns. The idea here is pretty obvious, I simply had to hold still and get some bursts at the right moment when the fountain sprayed up, and pick the photo that looked the slimiest.
Réflexions de la BastilleTwo brighly illuminated women take a break at the Boulevard de la Bastille, Paris. Oddly cinematic scene. They were backlit by the sun, while a building behind me was reflecting the sun back as a sharp bounce light. The background is far across the water of the Bassin de l'Arsenal, entirely in the shadows, so it became flattened and separated.
Skeleton BoySkeletal kid holds his mother's hand as he walks the wet cobblestone streets of Paris. It was super fun shooting after the rain, so many reflections to look for, I was mostly focused on getting reflected images on the cobblestones. This was a great moment, when I saw the kid far away I knew I had to set up for a photo right away, I stopped focusing on reflections and aimed up. Even the pattern on his mom's clothing was skeletal, the colors all match up.
Skywalker AngelAngelic statue holds up the lack of his hand on a beam of sunlight, at Notre-Dame, Paris This statue is located in the park behind Notre-Dame, at the base of the Fontaine de la Vierge. The sun was setting, the only direct light hitting the statue was focused on his broken arm, creating a sharp rim edge. Little gnats created soft bokeh that looked like dust in the sun.
Pulling the BoatFisherman pulls his boat back to shore to tow it with his truck, at the Costanera de Asunción, Paraguay. Sunset was intense and saturated. I managed to still get some color details from the extreme silhouettes in this photo, having the pink shirt and colorful shorts adds a bit more character.
Wild FamilyMy husband, a friend, and my parents, taking a break from the long walks and the exhaustingly hot day, by drinking some ice-cold tereré.
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