Idle gondoliers

November is definitely not the best month for gondoliers in Venice. They'll sometimes wait long hours to find a pair of lonesome lovers. Meanwhile, as...
November is definitely not the best month for gondoliers in Venice. They'll sometimes wait long hours to find a pair of lonesome lovers. Meanwhile, as good Italians, they'll chat, look at girls, read sports news, joke around and even take a little nap. Isn't it one of the best jobs in the world anyways ?(click on pictures for high res)

Sho(r)t Stories #1 : Aaron Greenman

As some of you might remember, last year's month of December was dedicated to readers' pictures. I believe many of you enjoyed discovering the work...
As some of you might remember, last year's month of December was dedicated to readers' pictures. I believe many of you enjoyed discovering the work of fellow street photographers so here is a new series called Sho(r)t Stories. I plan to make it a weekly or bi-weekly feature on this blog and it should run all year long. The idea behind Sho(r)t Story is to tell everything about one of your favourite picture. Not only what can be interpreted by solely looking at the picture, but also its context, some technical and gear considerations and, of course, information about the...

Around flooded San Marco

Here is a series of pictures I took around the San Marco Plazza the day after the big flood. Water still rose to knee height...
Here is a series of pictures I took around the San Marco Plazza the day after the big flood. Water still rose to knee height that day, giving the surreal impression that pavement, buildings and sky were just one.  (click on pictures for high res)

Weekly poll #8 : Film or digital for street photography ?

This week's poll is as simple as it gets. Do you load your camera with film or a memory card before hitting the streets ?...
This week's poll is as simple as it gets. Do you load your camera with film or a memory card before hitting the streets ? On my side, digital is a must to run a daily blog and I love the flexibility it gives in post processing colors. As for last week's poll "How many lenses do you take on a street photography outing ?" (260 respondants), I was impressed to see that 53% of voters take a lone lens on their outings. Another 37% of respondents opted for two lenses only. All in all, while many photographers own quite...

The times of flirts

On the Rialto bridge, an old man slowly climbs the stairs leading to the San Marco neighbourhood. Every five steps of so, he pauses for...
On the Rialto bridge, an old man slowly climbs the stairs leading to the San Marco neighbourhood. Every five steps of so, he pauses for a minute to catch his breath and contemplate the Canal Grande. His eyes locked on the horizon, he perhaps remembers the time where his young legs would suddenly have him run after a girl for a flirty chat. (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F2.8, 1/2000, ISO160

The tough squads

Three years and 1000 kilometers separate these two pictures (Venice and Paris). Something are pretty much the same all over Europe, generations after generations. (click...
Three years and 1000 kilometers separate these two pictures (Venice and Paris). Something are pretty much the same all over Europe, generations after generations. (click on pictures for high res)

Rialto, 7am

Early morning, just before sunset. The Rialto bridge is still deserted, except for the brief appearance of a capped shadow. And the many mysteries that...
Early morning, just before sunset. The Rialto bridge is still deserted, except for the brief appearance of a capped shadow. And the many mysteries that come with it.  (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/500, ISO320

Digital contact sheet #2 : Chasing the captain

This second "digital contact sheet" illustrates the spirit of the chase in street photography. As I was shooting by San Marco Plaza in Venice, a...
This second "digital contact sheet" illustrates the spirit of the chase in street photography. As I was shooting by San Marco Plaza in Venice, a boat captain suddenly rushed past me. I immediately thought it would be a great picture opportunity, especially since there were gondolas in the background. Here started the chase for a couple of minutes. I did find it quite challenging to get a good composition due to the various planes and levels in the background. Unsatisfied, I finally walked to the captain and asked if I could take a portrait. (For better viewing, click on the...

Under the leafless trees

In a working class neighbourhood of Venice, two teenagers spend some special time under leafless trees. While they probably envision their life as a long...
In a working class neighbourhood of Venice, two teenagers spend some special time under leafless trees. While they probably envision their life as a long and united trunk, the branches of the trees seem to ultimately diverge in that opinion. (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F4.0, 1/1500, ISO160