Photo: S.S.L. (SUMER SOFA LAZINESS)

It takes some time. And patience…

As soon as I pick my camera from my own lap she says ” NO “.
I then rise it to my eye, and she insists: ” Papa, he dit NO ! ” (Dad, I said NO!).

First shot. Hit!
But her fan is covering most of her face (except her spying eye).

A few minutes later, second try. She has just folded her fan. In my mind, I view myself being faster at raising my camera and focusing than her opening her fan and covering her face again.

Fast synchronized (trained) movement: Camera – Eye – Focus – Click.

Focus check (playback) on the viewfinder… She raised her other hand….!!!
How could she be that fast!?!? And fully synced with the shutter!!!

After a while of playful wrestling…

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Travel: DELIRIOUS NY

New York is the paradigm of The Metropolis.

It doesn’t matter how much time has passed since you last visited the city. It doesn’t matter where you come from, what religion, color or sexual orientation. It doesn’t matter what age you are. It doesn’t matter if you are there for business or pleasure, or because you were born there. It is even indifferent to what mood you are in.

Either you love the place, or you hate it. Period.

If you hate it, just move along. The world is full of great places.

If (by mistake, by coincidence, by luck) you happen to love it, then you are done. You will wish you were a Newyorkian for the rest of your life.

I belong to the latter group. Period.

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Photo: SELF

SELF as in my / your / him or her / one + self.

This is the final conclusion, persistent in my mind, every time I take a walk at the sea front, in Costa Brava on cloudy days.

Relaxing and intense. Very relaxing. Very intense.

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Photo: BARCELONA IS BLACK AND WHITE

Barcelona is BLACK and WHITE.

It happens in Black and White. It was designed in Black and White. People live in Black and White, and many of its inhabitants know it. And they are happy about it, because it relates to its intensity.

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Photo: MAVI JEANS’ BACKSTAGE

Elif from Mavi Jeans is the closest I have had to a sister. She is an angel. Simply put, she spoils me. Her boyfriend and boyfriend’s brother are my Turkish brothers. Elif, if you are reading this, seni çoz ozledim. All the time. Why did Bread n’ Butter have to cancel their Barcelona events???!!! I am a worse person since I don’t get to see you twice a year.

I was once invited to the presentation of their new collection. I asked permission to shoot the backstage. It was my first experience on a backstages and catwalks and such. I had no idea what the thing would be like. What camera should I take?

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Photo: 5 PEOPLE IN A LONDON TAXI

My girlfriend (see previous post) travelled with me all the time, for so many years.
She is small enough to sneak with me in places, and do her job in an extremely smooth and efficient manner.

Simply put, she is gorgeous!

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Photo: LONELINESS

Some people say there is one phrase that a photographer should never say. And the reason why it should not be said is simple: it kills the challenge of taking pictures. Ok. Here it comes:

“This is the best picture I have ever taken! It is definitely MY BEST PICTURE!!!”

Oh! Wait! Let me quickly take it back, just in case.

“This is the best picture I have ever taken! It is definitely MY BEST PICTURE!!!”

Your best picture should be, not the one you just took, or the one you once took, but the next one you are planning to take.

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