Posted in China
Views from a Hong Kong Window
I arrived last night in Hong Kong, and was woken early this morning by a storm, flashes of lightning pulsing through the window and thunder rumbling in the distance. The rain followed shortly after, lashing the window of my hotel room in irregular staccato bursts. A short internal battle ensued: stay in bed, roll over, and go back to sleep? - or haul my jet-lagged, sleep-deprived body out of bed and check out the early-morning view across the Bay to Kowloon, and maybe make some photographs?
Postcards from Maine
This post comes from New England, U.S.A., where I’m currently travelling along the length of the beautiful Maine coast together with my family. We flew in to Boston, and from there, hired a car to drive up to the easternmost point in the U.S.A. – West Quoddy Head, Lubec, Maine. Along the way, we visited Portland, Freeport, Rockport, Bar Harbor and the Acadia National Park, Jonesport, Beals, Ellsworth, Camden, Boothbay Harbour, Old Orchard Beach and Kennebunk amongst other wonderful places. As a professional pilot, I have flown over this part of the United States many times, so it was great to see it all from the ground. It lived up to all my expectations: New England is without doubt a beautiful part of the U.S.A..
Posted in Denmark
Midsummer Mist on the Island of Funen
On the evening I made this photograph - about a week ago - dusk had just fallen. The last light of the sun, which was already below the horizon, was illuminating the few clouds in the northern sky, turning them orange-pink. As the temperature fell towards the dew point, shallow mist began to form at ground level where humidity was highest, wreathing the fields and trees with an ethereal white glow. I was not thinking about photography at the time, but happened to glance out of the windows to the North, saw the mist and the glowing clouds, grabbed my camera and ran barefoot out of the front door of my house to capture the scene.
Posted in India
An Afternoon in the Dharavi Slum
Last week, I spent one day in Mumbai, India, and had the afternoon free to go out and explore and make some photographs. The early afternoon sun was beating down relentlessly, so I made for the huge Dharavi Slum close to my hotel to try and make some street portraits. On my meandering journey through the Slum, which lasted around four hours, interesting subjects were everywhere - but great light was not. I therefore made a conscious decision to first look for good light, and only then begin my search for an interesting subject to photograph in that light. I was, to use a well-worn photographic phrase, chasing the light.
Posted in India
Flirting with the Grim Reaper in India’s Garden City
Last week, I spent a day in the Indian metropolis of Bangalore, also known as the Garden City of India. Bangalore is well known as a centre for India's information-technology sector - it is also called the Silicon Valley of India - and is the third-most populated city in the country. In other words, it's huge. I had a few hours to kill, so I decided to head out with my camera and see what I could find. The fun started with an auto-rickshaw ride into the city centre. I use the word 'fun' loosely, because it was actually pretty terrifying. I am a regular traveller in India, and have become fairly used to the hair-raising driving of auto-rickshaw drivers, but this guy was in a suicidal class of his own...