Such a rewarding respite to linger over your unique, evocative, beautiful images. Art helps us float away for a while to a better place.
Thank you for this gift.
Thank you very much Sidney glad you liked them, not much to shoot out there but I’ll keep at it
These images seem even more depressing than last time. They are beautiful and interesting nonetheless. When I go downtown I see similar scenes. But right now with the mild weather people and families are strolling through the parks and children are playing on the playgrounds. Barely anyone covers their face and they laugh and have picnics and such. Your images are from last year…I hope you will find scenes like I saw now too.
The last photo is totally my style as well. I always find beauty even in brutalist buildings and neon signs.
Hi Paul, thank you for your kind words. Yes a couple of days ago there was a bit of sun and I was relieved to see people faces in the street, although I still see too many people covering their faces for my tastes. I’m slow in editing so maybe you’ll see those pictures in may ahah. I don’t know if you’re familiar with this (https://duckduckgo.com/?t=ffab&q=marianne+republique+a+visage+decouvert&atb=v222-1&iax=images&ia=images&iai=https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.shopify.com%2Fs%2Ffiles%2F1%2F1642%2F8709%2Fproducts%2FAffiche-Marianne-a-Visage-Decouvert.jpg%3Fv%3D1524595080) basically it’s a paper in every French public office that says “Republic is lived with your face visible – Nobody can in the public space wear something which hides his face” – I find it very ironic that now this paper is often accompanied by a “MANDATORY MASK” order. What a world. On a side note: I don’t know why I subscribed to the e-mail notifications for the comments on your blog but haven’t received them, tonight I’ll check them out. ciao
I would like to show a photo of the bustling playground on my blog to give some hope, to show some joyful life but I feel uncomfortable shooting children and putting their faces online. That seems not right. We Germans are very strict with privacy. Ironically we Germans are also very strict about face coverings when protesting. Protesters who would hide their faces would often be temporarily arrested or at least removed from a protest march. Sometimes protests would even be dispersed because of it. Now groups of protesters are being dispersed for not hiding their faces…it is an absurd world and sometimes I cry and sometimes I laugh about the craziness.
Not sure about you speaking German but this photographer made an actual book from his experiences and walks through Hamburg (https://www.florian-renz.de/lockdown-hamburg-bildband/). At least this time can and will be an inspiration for art.
Yeah I understand about privacy but at the same time there are public and street cameras recording h24 everywhere so it’s a bit of a mixed bag for me. Yep it’s funny about protests! Once you were beaten and fined for covering your face, now if you don’t do it. It’s getting out of hand I find. Unfortunately my German is 0, but I’ll google translate it in the next days. You’re right about the inspiration, but I just find it very difficult especially since I shot a lot of people and now people are home and the ones still around are masked and the moment they see you they “social-distance” themselves crossing the street… That’s why I’m using more and more my telephoto lenses, and my beloved 28 and 35mm collecting dust… Have a good weekend -Matteo
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