Brussels La Grand-Place

black and white urban photography of Brussels by Christophe Chevaugeon frogfoto

 

When I visit somewhere, of course I see the sights but never waste time trying to capture postcard views. Here I was fortunate enough to stumble upon this event that I hadn’t a clue about. I found  the characters in the car a bit frightening if I am honest but as it was a very public event I felt entitled to capture a different view of La Grand-Place event though it meant getting up close and personal with a very large size camera.

 

While I am at it , please check out  Sander de Wilde’s work at http://sanderdewilde.wordpress.com/. Dutch photographer based in Brussels : explore his excellent personal work; lots to see and be moved by. I know I am.

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Brussels Skate Boarder: Zero

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Street photography, sometimes it is simply the beauty of someone passing by you, the mood, the colours bouncing off each other, sun and shadows, buildings… There’s something about Brussels that I find refreshingly vibrant although I’ve only passed through it a couple of times.

Paris Plage Dancing in the Streets

Paris Plage Dancing in the Streets

A thought about street photography. This vue is from above and of an event- Paris Plage-which made it fairly easy to capture. For me , a street photograph holds together when it reveals something going on. In this particular scene what I love is the variety of attitudes, be it of the dancers, the observers and the strollers.

Paris Plage 2010

Digital manipulation cheating ?

Just read on a blog that digital manipulation was cheating. It’s a one of these statements passed for a profound truth that crops all the time in the analogue versus digital debate. The fact that it still crops up does surprise me as  I feel this debate is well past its sell by date. Nevertheless, since it is a preoccupation, the following is my view.

 Photography either analogue or digital is all about manipulation. Choosing subject, angle,time of the day, to add or remove light  , shutter speed, f stop lenses,filters, film, processing,enlarging and types of enlarging lights,type of paper along with cropping, burning, dodging , toning and spotting are all manipulations that have to be carried out for an analogue photography to exist. A similar list could be made for digital.

In essence, a photograph is nothing but the result of a series of manipulations and this has always been the case since its invention. The techniques of manipulation have continuously evolved; to uphold that most recent options are cheats compared to past ones is to make a statement that doesn’t bear scrutiny. 

Photography has never told the truth, at best it tells someone’s truth.

  Christophe Chevaugeon

 

 

 

Trees at Dusk Northumberland

Trees at Dusk Northumberland 3

In the setting sun

pond Doxford Hall

 

Pond Doxford Hall Northumberland fujiX100  a little landscape of sorts

Leeds It’s a Wonderful World

Leeds It's a Wonderful World

I like the hand on the wheel, the street cleaner in the back, the signs of all sorts, there’s even the trail of a plane in the sky…

Leeds May 2012 fuji x100

Up till now Jusqu’ici J’aime

Auto-Portrait in Paris

Auto-Portrait in Paris

Auto-portrait in Paris- summer 2012

Vicky in Northumberland

outdoor portrait northumberland uk

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