Jun 042014
 

I suppose that for once, the resemblance is not so much physically, but probably about the way to go about life. Take it easy man. And yep, dog strollers do exist … (click on picture for high res)

like dog like master IV

Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F2.0, 1/750, ISO160

Jun 032014
 

How many beginning and end of relationships did the Seine River witness from down below. All these moments caught and slowly flowed to the infinite sea. (click on picture for high raise)

Over the seine lovers Yanidel

Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F2.8, 1/750, ISO160

Jun 012014
 

This is already week four of this new column and definitely time to introduce the work of a woman street photographer, that is Helen Levitt. Though a lot of her early pictures were shot in Black & White, Iet's have a look at her New York City color work.

Abonnez-vous au tableau Helen Levitt de Yanidel sur Pinterest.

Quick facts/observations about Helen Levitt
 
- American born (1909-2009), she took pictures for nearly 70 years, mostly in New York City.
- kids and working class neighbourhoods were among her favorite subjects, documenting their life conditions.
- she mounted a right-angled viewfinder on her Leica to remain unnoticed in the streets.
- she worked with Walker Evans early on, another master of street photography.
- in 1943, she already had a solo exhibition at the MOMA in New York.
- after a successful career in Black and White, she switched to color dye-transfer in the 60's.
- the slides of most of her 1960's color work were stolen from her house. She had to start all over again.
- she returned to B&W at the very end of her career, using a lighter Contax to relieve her back pain.
- Talking about nowadays, she said : “I go where there’s a lot of activity, children used to be outside. Now the streets are empty. People are indoors looking at television or something.”**
 
If I could ask her a question ….
- what do you think of cloud storage ?
 
To discover more about Helen Levitt
- Book : Helen Levitt
- **Link: New York Times article published after her death in 2009. Full of great information about her career.
 
If you missed it last week, have a look at the work of Fred Herzog.
May 302014
 

There is no better place than the parks of Paris to rest for a few minutes from the city frenziness. And why not do it with Notre Dame in sight. (click on picture for high res)

love in the parks Yanidel

Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO160

May 282014
 

Would they find their way better with a smartphone ? Probably not.  (click on picture for high res)

lost in the city Yanidel II

Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO160