Latin America

Back to Peru

Last day in Chile. Sad to leave amazing landscapes but glad to go back shooting portraits and persons in Lima. I am working on a book and hope to have it published in the coming months. More soon…

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28 July 2012: Flamingos in Laguna Hedionda, between Uyuni and Tupiza, Bolivia. [Click on the picture to enlarge it].

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02 August 2012: Basilica San Francisco, Salta, Argentina. [Click on the picture to enlarge it].

Photography, La Paz and Batman

Weird but positive feeling this time, that being writing a post at almost 3700m, from the highest capital city in the world. I would love to say that I’ve plenty of pictures to show you. The reality is a bit different. Surrounded a bit too frequently by tourists, I have to recognize that taking my big camera out (Canon 5D II, before you ask) and walking around, with it around my neck, doesn’t really fit my notion of trying to be a bit discrete and enjoying what I see.

It’s a real shame because what I see here is great. But more than ever, I realize that I am not really keen in landscape photography and taking pictures of people, which is a really what I like to do, takes time. You need to talk with your subject, you need to wait for the right moment, the perfect light. And sometimes, I just want to walk, quietly, observing, analysing and enjoying what I’m seeing, without having to think about the safety of my equipment, the disturbing background or how to make my subject feel confident and relaxed. Maybe I should also travel with a smaller camera. But till yet, I haven’t found a nice, not too expensive one. Maybe the new Canon ESO M… but that’s another story.

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17 July 2012: Isla del Sol, Lake Titikaka, Bolivia. [Click on the picture to enlarge it].

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19 July 2012: La Paz and shoeshiners, Bolivia. [Click on the picture to enlarge it].

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20 July 2012: Streets of La Paz, Bolivia. [Click on the picture to enlarge it].

And because I am (and certainly will remain) a very naive boy, I hope that, one day, the USA will start thinking of a system to better control the way their weapon are sold (and used). It is with real pain that I read the news and the shooting in Aurora…

Rucksack and camera: The Return

After a few years dreaming of it, I am finally in Latin America (Peru). Wondering where to travel, I decided to work for 2-3 weeks for an association, before hitting the road. With simple living conditions, isolated in a small village, it sometimes reminds me field trips in Darfur. But for once, I speak the language and communication is therefore easier (not to mention the absence of national security).

I hope to keep improving my Spanish skills and really look forward to taking pictures, hopefully depicting interesting situations. More to come… inch’allah.

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07 June 2012: Children watching a movie in San Andres village, Peru. [Click on the picture to enlarge it].