Business Trip to Brussels

A selection of photos from a recent business trip to Brussels. Usually I don't get out much when travelling abroad for work beyond the office I am visiting, the hotel I am staying at and usually a dinner in a nice restaurant with colleagues in the evening. The photo snaps I do take (as I always do) I mostly post on my "Instagram Story" feed

On this occasion though I had the opportunity to travel into central Brussels early evening first night I was there (it was that or sit in a hotel room).

Was also feeling a little inspired after looking through Indy's photos from her recent trip to NYC and sought to make the most of the opportunity afforded to me.

A passage to India

Last year on Instagram, I posted a series of photographs from a seminal time in my life when my wife and I travelled through India in 2000. 

Posting these images on Instagram was an opportunity to examine with a critical eye 16 years later, some of my early photography, and served to remind me how much passion I had back then for photography and the opportunities it presented me as a young traveller. It has reinforced a desire to return and travel places like this again, with what I know now. It has served as reminder, that these portraits were captured in a free and easy time of my life and shows that it is important to be be in the moment and go with flow - which was how we were back then, before children and a corporate job took hold of life and the path changed direction. 

I have to say, that Sara was a legend when we travelled, putting up with me disappearing or lagging behind to capture a photograph! 

All were photographed on my 35mm film Nikon N4004 using a combination of two lens I had at the time: a 35-70mm and a 70-200mm lens. At the time I was mainly using colour print, but there are some slide and B&W in the mix. As I was travelling at the time and didn't want have prints made (to save on weight) , towards the end of the trip in India I produced contact sheets at a photo lab in New Delhi, and I remember the proprietor when I went to collect them, asking if I was on assignment for National Geographic - that comment made my day I tell you!

Unfortunately at the time I scanned these around 2002/2003 I really didn't know much about digital photography, or Photoshop or scanning really - so they were all scanned at quite a low quality - we live and learn. Another job in the future to re scan all of these so I could make a book  - hours of work to achieve  that!

I will also post at some point a series of images from Laos and Thailand from the same trip.

 

Wilfred - Bio (Organic) Shop Keeper in Morgental (Zurich)

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Another portrait of Wilfred (an old family friend) outside his Bio (Organic) Shop in Morgental, Zurich. Forming part of my environmental portrait series.

 

Fleet on the Beach

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Fifth in my Hasting Fishing Beach series, with this image depicting the home fleet high and dry on the beach, work down for now, patiently awaiting their next return to sea.


Hastings Herring Fair

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Fourth in my Hastings Fishing beach series. This time of the sheds where the fishing tackle and nets ect is kept. For this image, I also tried something different, inspired by my friend and fellow photographer Paul Manser was doing initially, and that was using his Canon Speedlite to illuminate a scene. For this photograph I used my LED torch which I always carry in my camera bag, to illuminate  the poster of the "Hastings Herring Festival


"El Club" Old Town Palma de Mallorca view 5

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Continuing my night time wander through the cobbled back streets and alley ways of the old town in Palma de Mallorca.

Walk away quickly and quietly

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Photograph of a 'Boss' Harley Davidson taken in Palma de Mallorca last year. I like how the figure on the right appears to be scampering away.  

Essentially European

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Taken in Palma de Mallorca. I love photographing Vespa style scooters, as they have such a timeless quality to them that never seems to grow old. In this phonograph I also really like all the contrasty areas of shade and sunshine. If I say so myself, I think I have handled the exposure pretty well here with a nice balanced feel to the image complimenting the composition. 

Looking back from the past

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Taken in the Landesmuseum in Zürich with my 50mm prime. Such superb light, and a non "uber" busy museum allowed for some interesting shots of people enjoying the peace and quiet of the museum, without getting in peoples space to much. In this shot I really like how the portraits of the people running along the top of the wall seem to be gazing down benevolently from the past onto us the viewer and the elderly woman sitting on the bench.  I must admit to being a bit of a fan of a museum, and I can highly recommend visiting this one if you are ever in Zurich.

Wheeling Around

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The third image from my Birmingham series. This was taken outside the Birmingham City Library. I don't normally go for to much in the way of altering colour in my post processing, however on this occasion a little experimenting created this almost cold purple tone which I feel compliments the misty atmosphere, and I have ended up with this almost Science Fiction feel which compliments the previous post in my Birmingham City Centre series.