Title: The Bisection of Saigon.
Shot taken from the viewing lounge of one of the tall buildings in Ho Chi Minh City.
I like the aesthetics of Saigon (the old name for the place) better in the title so I decided to use that instead. ‘The bisection of Ho Chi Minh City’ doesn’t have the same ring.
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This sunset is in Sri Lanka. Which is a pretty useless distinction in this case, huh? Being there are no distinguishing features, I could have taken it anywhere. Unless you know those birds personally maybe.
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In the center is Berjaya Times Square, in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. This might have been taken from the building we went to the top of, only to find a vacant construction site. After snapping a few photos, we were helpfully escorted back down by security. Having been up the top of quite a few other buildings that were actually intended for tourist viewing, this one turned out to be one of the most memorable and fun.
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Coryton Refinery, Essex, reasonably near the mouth of the River Thames.
I was thrilled when I found this view—I love a good industrial scene. I took this while out exploring the local area not long after arriving in England. I edited a version of it at the time, but my ability and taste evolved since, so I decided to redo it because I like the subject so much.
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Title: Angles of Attrition.
Dilapidated building, Istanbul. This very run-down structure was on the street of the hotel we stayed in, and home to numerous squatters as far as I could tell. There are many of these sites all around Istanbul, and I’m not sure if they’re protected, or whether people just can’t afford to either develop or demolish them. Either way, I’m glad they are there. They’re eerily evocative and beautiful.
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Title: Red Peace.
I don’t remember where this was specifically, but that’s a testament to the high number of beautiful mosques all over Istanbul.
Of a piece with the form of any mosque for me now is a strong association with the trebly warble of the regular call to prayer. They’re invariably broadcast over PA systems not built to convey singing in high fidelity. That’s cool though, it kind of adds even more exotic character.
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Taken in Pisa, Italy. Italy is a fantastic place—excellent food, wine, weather, art, history, and beautiful landscape. This photo was taken on a summer amble through the town on the way to get some of the best pizza I’ve ever tasted. And not just any summer amble, either—Italy was the hottest place I’d been up to that point; Rome reached 45 degrees centigrade. I learned that hard exercise in that type of heat is best avoided.
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Title: At Mosque Point.
Taken in Istanbul. High contrast drama was the goal here. The way I began processing this lead to the sky making a natural halo around the tower. When I saw the first hints of it, I developed it further, and I like the bold effect it gives. I also like the somewhat jarring angular lines of the lower building juxtaposed against the perfectly vertical tower. It makes for a slightly unnerving but interesting composition.
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Title: Arno II.
I serendipitously, and clumsily if we’re going to be honest, clicked the wrong thing during development and switched off the color while leaving other adjustments on. This was the result. I thought it had enough merit to stand on its own and add something to the image significantly different to the original, which is called Arno. Incidentally, Arno is the name of the river.
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Title: Eastern Stream.
Shot from the Ngong Ping cable car in Hong Kong, which is an impressive 5.7km 25 minute gondola ride high above land. It offered amazing views of the region, and sure beat the bus-ride up. But probably best I didn’t know one of the gondolas fell 50m a few years before.
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