Mining the archive September 2018 II

Campo Marizo, Rome, Lazio, Italy 2004-06-19
Campo Marizo, Rome, Lazio, Italy 2004-06-19

The second shot I captured from the top of a tourist bus as we drove around Rome. Again, I was most likely just aiming to capture some of the architecture and ended up with the bonus figures in the foreground, dwarfed by the statues above them.

Mining the archive September 2018 I

Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli
Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli  July 2004

I am currently transitioning my workflow from Aperture to Lightroom, for a variety of technical reasons.

During this process I am rediscovering images that I have always felt had some merit. This image made from the top of a moving tourist bus has always intrigued me, because it was a fast reaction snap, and because of how the lighting and composition have come together. I would have most likely aimed recklessly in the direction of the buildings not sure of what I was going to capture and pressed the shutter hoping for the best.

The resulting image is quite eye gabbing as a consequence. It is one of two I made that day in similar circumstances.

Chance, timing and the surprise of photography

running man in subway
A chance encounter in a Hong Kong Subway in 2005

I made ┬áthis picture in a subway under one of the major roads in Hong Kong in 2005. I don’t remember the specifics of it, but it was a happy accident and I’ve never been able to recreate or create a similar image to it.

Photography can be a gift giver, this image a point in case. So even armed with the data needed to recreate this, I doubt I could. I am always pleased when the one eyed machine called a camera revels the world in new and mysterious ways, it would be wonderful if it happened more often.

Sadly this was made at a time when digital storage was prohibitively expensive, compared to analogue storage and has only been kept as a small file. As a consequence it will never been printed, large anyway. Perhaps in a small book. We shall see?