I tend to shoot a lot at night when things have calmed down and most people change from their daytime self to their spare-time self. I like to play with the available light that often sets the mood to let it direct the shot I am about to take.
They say that “When one door closes another door opens” and while that is mostly true, although not happening by chance but rather by the fact that a closed door makes us act instead of going on with the status quo, the original quote by Alexander Graham Bell actually reads “When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
I have recently started a new project called Uglytecture.com. I find it fascinating how one can find the most beautiful buildings right next to something that is somewhat painful to look at. Often those ugly buildings are only seen because they feel disturbing to the eye, rather than appealing and inspiring like the Hotel De Ville. My task is to find whatever beauty there might be in the Uglytecture that can be found in so many places around the world.
I think it is interesting how the choice of a format influences the language of a picture. Having bought a new camera recently, gave me the opportunity to play around with different aspect ratios and although I was excited about the look of it I quickly understood that it doesn't resonate with my work as well as the square format does. So maybe it is something I can consider for a specific project in the future.
Walking through cities and discovering new places around me, that I haven't paid attention to earlier, is something I love to do. Finding lines, corners, shapes in a city environment gives me a sense of order in an often rather chaotic urban life.
Just thought about all the people living in tiny apartments who don't know where to keep their bicycle. Here is something I haven't seen on any design blog yet.
A good thing with always having my camera with me is that people get used to being photographed by me. It doesn't create awkward moments when the sound of the shutter suddenly cuts through the silence even in intimate moments.