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The Streets of Ouro Preto

Girl in Cafe, Ouro Preto, Brazil

  Some street images from some short walks in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil. I hope that these capture some of the diversity of the people here in a town which spans everything from the mining communities to upmarket tourism. These were all taken on a short visit to the town, while wandering around looking at the sights (and sites) rather than actively setting out on a proper project. It would need a much longer visit to do this really well. Also, a couple of almost-but-not-quite street images that I quite […]

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Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Ouro Preto is a strange place. It was once the wealthy hub of the mining areas around and gained huge wealth from the gold and other minerals. Much of this was spent constructing a town in the image of Portugal, an illusion helped by the steep valley slopes and roads. Although much of the tile-work found in Portugal is absent, the styles area clearly imported from Europe and adapted to the local resources. This architecture has resulted in Ouro Preto being designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, cementing the town’s current renaissance […]

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Red Planet: Minas Gerais

Red Planet - Open Cast Mine in Mias Gerais, Brazil

A short collection of images illustrating the open-cast mining, just north of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil. This is historically the primary source of wealth and power in the region, and even today the mines feel more like city states than industry – characterised by their high security and ever present patrols, all neatly badged with the company name and emblem. These images were taken just a few kilometres north of Ouro Preto. This short excerpt from Google maps’ satellite imagery (CNES/Spot) shows some of the scale of the open-cast […]

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Rock Textures

Rock Textures, Parque Estadual Biribiri, Brazil

Rock textures from a flash-flood prone river bed in Parque Estadual Biribiri, Brazil. Something different from the usual tourist snaps of the waterfalls and colourful houses, these have been processed in to high-contrast black and white to bring out the forms without the distraction of the colour… Click on an image below to show the gallery. All images were taken with the Ricoh GR.

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A rather wet arrival in Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The hail and rain on arrival was bad enough that the streets became more navigable as rivers than as roads, although fortunately the bad weather vanished as quickly as it had appeared. A short collections of images of tourist snaps from the town. These are not particularly curated – most of the narrative shots were taken on film that is still a long way off being developed.

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Serro, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Some slightly surreal snapshots from Serro, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Again, these were all taken with the Ricoh GR, which an excellent travel camera if you forgive the few times when you can not see the LCD thanks to the bright sun… hopefully we have some more serious images captured on film – if it survives the 40 degree temperatures and multiple x-ray exposures.

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Milho Verde

Plant Macro, Milho Verde, Minas Gerais

  Some macro images of some very small plants near the Cachoeira Lajeado at Milho Verde (literally “Green Corn”) in Minas Gerais, Brazil. We stopped here briefly while travelling up from Serro to Diamantina, taking a break before tackling the unpaved mining roads.   This is quite an unusual environment, with dark rocks, white sand (from the incredible quantities of quartz here) and a peat bog. The bog area is quite sensitive, so we did not venture very far from the seemingly inevitable bathers in the small streams running through the area. […]

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Serra do Cipó

Nature - Serra do Cipó

  Some random images of nature from the Parque Nacional Serra do Cipó, Brazil – a break from work before the New Year starts for real. Click on the images in the album below for larger. These were all shot on digital (Olympus and Ricoh) – it will be several weeks before the film images are processed.

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Tis the Season…

Street lamp and electronic snow flakes, Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona. Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105mm f4.

It is (almost) the end of the year, and so to end here is the traditional set of photographs of the festive lights here in Barcelona. After shooting so many christmas lights over the year, it gets pretty repetitive – so these are slightly elaborated by means of zooming and rotating the camera while using a long exposure. I think this helps to create a slightly more abstract feel than usual. Ah, and the relief of finally uploading something in colour, without film and with a zoom lens :-) Seasons greetings everyone!

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Some Thoughts On Shooting Film

Street Photography, Barcelona. Leica M7 with Zeiss Biogon 2/35 and Ilford HP5 plus.

For nearly three months now I have shot almost exclusively with film, as an experiment to find ways to improve my photography. So far, it has been an odd mix of frustration, learning, and also pleasure. I thought that it might be helpful to summarise some thoughts on this process so far. Changes in the way I shoot I think the first and most obvious effect of shooting with film has been the impact on the number of images taken. Lightroom shows that roughly 400 shots were taken in the last three […]

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Area Privada

Area Privada de Caca, Seva, Catalunya. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35.

Schoolboy humour, Seva, Catalunya. Seva has along with many other municipalities declared almost-but-not-quite-there-yet independence from Spain, currently yielding much the same practical effect as the modification of the sign has had on local hunting. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35 and 091 red filter (again). Shot wide-open in a doomed attempt to separate the sign from the background. This was taken using a test roll of Ilford FP4+, to get a feel for how this ISO 125 film compares to HP5+. It is clear that the grain is finer, but it is still quite […]

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Palau del Parlament de Catalunya. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35.

The Catalan Parlament, appropriately next door to the zoo in Barcelona, and possibly the seat of a new nation if the nationalists eventually start acting rather than just talking. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35 and Ilford HP5+ and 091 dark red filter.

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