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Jun 28 08

Mary with broken window of Christ

by Ted
Mary and Christ window in Montmartre, originally uploaded by Ted Drake.
Uploaded to Flickr: 30th July, 2006

The tombs in the Montmartre Cemetery are filled with small altars and still life presentations. Many of them are like this photograph. A composition of Mary and Jesus, celebrating the Catholic roots of the French people.

Crucifixion still lifeOther tombs may have more familial arrangements with photographs and favorite objects. Some include flowers, while others have greco statuary.

I am fascinated by the play of light, color, and objects within these tombs. While most people will look at the outside structure and the name upon the plot, the real interest lies within.

I believe this was shot on a Nikon N90 with Agfa Scala 200 on a 35-80 zoom lens.

May 20 08

Paris at night

by Ted
Paris at night, the Seine, a lamp, a man, and a tv, originally uploaded by Ted Drake.
The Seine at night
Uploaded to Flickr: 14th November, 2005

Paris is a wonderful place to be at night. The night takes on a blueish tint against the yellow lamps. There’s a peacefulness in the small streets and liveliness in the city center. It’s a place that inspires one to walk an extra 2 or 3 blocks just to avoid entering the bus, metro, or apartment.

This photograph was inspired by an image by Henri Cartier-Bresson. The object in the Seine is actually a television floating by the solo person.

I believe this was shot on t-max 400 with a Nikon N70 and probably a 28mm lens.

Apr 19 08

tomb windows

by Ted
tomb windows
tomb windows, originally uploaded by Ted Drake.
Uploaded to Flickr: 15th November, 2005

I had a photography teacher, Bob Barry, that tought us not only to look at composition from left to right and top to bottom but also foreground to background. This simple idea has become a mantra for me.

Most people walk by the tombs of cemetiere Montmartre and look at the doors, the inscriptions, and textures. I’m constantly looking inside the cracks, windows, and distances between them to find the hidden relationships between the foreground and background.

This photograph is shot through a small window on the tomb door. You can see the light streaming through one window on the left, contrasting it with the window on the right.

I believe this was shot with either Tmax 100 or Scala with a Nikon n80 and 24mm lens.