Sunday, 22 December 2013

Streaking By


Perturbing Self-Portraits
~ Streaking By ~
 



The empty seats, the streaking lights, the shady figure, it all goes to make up a life on the underground, the Paris metro as it happens.

I like this kind of enigmatic image, there's something elsewhereish about it.

Almost as though the figure being reflected in the window is the one taking the picture and not the one having his picture taken, if you see what I mean. And even if you don't... ;~S


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Shades of Passage


Perturbing Self-Portraits
~ Shades of Passage ~
 



This is one of those obscure self-portraits which only has a hint of the tip of my shoes in it, along with a good dose of shadow, but there you go.

I was there and I'm in clear view, as it were, at least that's how it feels to me. Without me, that there shadow and them there shoe tips just wouldn't be there.

It's also juicily grimy, which I like. Next! ;~S


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Friday, 8 November 2013

First Rushes


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~ First Rushes ~



It's good old (new) line 14, of course, with me right up there at the front of the train. Hey, I'll have to take some pics from the back for a change, now there's a thought.

The magic is that you have a pretty good reflection of yourself and, if you're lucky, a couple of innocent bysitters, and then there's this crazy tunnel and sometimes trains whizzing towards you at the speed of light!

A double vision, a tunnel vision that's second to none. And it's kinda scary to be plastered up against the front windshield as the train thunders along. You just hope they got the tracks right... ;~S


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Moments of Calm


Perturbing Self-Portraits
~ Moments of Calm ~



I'm currently reading a book called Touché, or 'Why Britain and France are so different', and it's true.

They are different. My make up (and my iPhone case while it lasts) tell me to Keep Calm & Carry On, which is what I'm diligently trying to do as I type.

This was taken in the soon-to-be-spanking-brand-new Les Halles shopping centre. They're covering up the works with all manner of bright shiny nonsense and suchlike. Thought it made a good backdrop. Mr. Calm, that's me! ;~S


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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Affligem And Then Some


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~ Affligem And Then Some ~



Somebody's pint lined up against a seriously round shiny thing.

That would be this photo, and all the better for it. If you've tried Affligem 'Fruits Rouges', by the way, you'll know it's one of the sickliest concoctions known to drinking kind.

Not pretty. I'd stick with the straight stuff for your vices. That's my opinion anyway. ;~S


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Saturday, 2 November 2013

Some Slurry Saturday


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~ Some Slurry Saturday ~



He he, taken by window light but still ending up looking as though it's under tungsten, funny that.

Just me, my light and my books - what more could I possibly need?

Well ok, an internet connection is obviously a highly desirable extra. Nay, a necessity these days. Funny how times have changed. Mind you, I've been like that for coming on for 20 years now. Incredible. My first connection was around 1995 I believe. And I've never looked worse back... ;~S


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Senate Spinback


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~ Senate Spinback ~



And here's me in front of the French Senate, albeit rather blurred. Playing with my new technique of spinning with the camera to make the background blurred and it works remarkably well. The main image isn't toally sharp, of course, but that just adds to the atmosphere I reckon.

I'm on a bit of a crusade at the moment against photos which are too perfect. Probably because all the stuff I'm taking at the moment is far from that! But joking aside, I love imperfection, and we can inject it into our shots in a hundred different ways and they're all the better for it.

Originality, and taking it away from reality, should be an obligatory subject at school I reckon. Keep the imagination simmering. That's what I say. ;~S


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Leafing Through Me


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~ Leafing Through Me ~



A nice double exposure combining auburn autumnal leaves with my miserable mug.

I like the way the black jacket hasn't been interfered with at all and the greenery behind me is also nicely distinguished from the face.

It kind of reminds me of that Archimboldi guy who constructed characters out of fruit and stuff. There's an artist in Montmartre who does the same thing, carrying on the tradition. ;~S


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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Golden Slumbers


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~ Golden Slumbers ~



Believe it or not, I wasn't dead, at least as far as I can remember, but I was dead tired so I though it would be appropriate to immortalise the moment.

It was taken in the dark so it's the little iPhone's built-in flash that's taking care of the atmospherics and nose shadows. Throw in a bit of dream-like post processing and hey presto. Slumbering Sab if you please... ;~S


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Dream Tunnels


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~ Dream Tunnels ~



It's surprising where photo ops turn up. Here we are on the way into Invalides station from the Seine-level entrance to be faced by, well, a whole range of Super-Sabs no less! ;~S


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Framed


Perturbing Self-Portraits
~ Framed ~



This is one of those swing doors you have to push after having gone through the turnstyle at a train station in Paris.

There's a slightly strange angle at the bottom which I noticed was just enough for a rather elegant lady to squeeze through after having scrabbled under the metal spikes. I was surprised and amused and even vaguely affronted as though it affected me in some way.

You really want these people to get copped in a sort of nasty, the other fellow getting it, not me sort of way.

But maybe she'd just forgotten her pass. I'll let it pass.

 ;~S


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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Legless


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~ Legless ~



Here's me legs and here's me.

In a park in an anonymous park...

I'm being put off by Radio 6 wittering on but I can't escape it...

Just been namechecked on Radio 6! It's true!!! Sab in Paris, that was me, and it was me who was loving Lightflight being played for once in a million years by Lindesfarne, wasn't it?

Happens once in a million... ;~S


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The Scream


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~ The Scream ~



Not that it's really a scream, more of a bleaughhhh, but never mind.

Gotta love the crazy colours, no?

Anyway, I'll be seeing you on the other side of this one, not to be dwelt on. If you know what I mean. ;~S


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Red Lip Renegade


Perturbing Self-Portraits
~ Red Lip Renegade ~



Not sure where this UFO came from but here it is.

Need I say more? ;~S


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Friday, 25 October 2013

Heart of Oak


Perturbing Self-Portraits
~ Heart of Oak ~



It's another RER (train) photo I'm afraid. In their endless quest to humanise the carriages they've installed this whirly swirly pattern in an effort to forstall other scratchers and taggers. I'm in the middle.

There's something, as they say, about the receding lights of a train wagon that makes for a fine photo.

When I go, maybe I'll be remembered, just for a fleeting second, for my fanciful train photos. This'll be there in the collection with a bit of luck... ;~S


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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Double Vision


Perturbing Self-Portraits
~ Double Vision ~



My glasses are the definition of a walking disaster area. One lense is hanging in there by a bit of a freezer bag wire tie and the other is scratched to hell. I've never gone this long before with a pair of specs in such a sorry state.

Reminds me of the days, well, months, nay years I spent with a piece of crap phone before the acquisition of my first iPhone changed my life. ;~S


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Bench Parking


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~ Bench Parking ~



This is quite a pleasing homage considering the amount of time I've spent plastered to Paris park benches in my life. And I do love this model in particular; perfectly designed to welcome an aching backside of a weary Paris wanderer. ;~S


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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Rail-Time Reveries


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~ Rail-Time Reveries ~



Another night-time train trip home, as the chilly autumn evenings draw in. Actually, that's not quite true as a southerly wind is bringing us an exceptionally mild and pleasant October, if you please. ;~S


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Bleary Balthazar


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~ Bleary Balthazar ~



This thoroughly devilish concoction is worthy of a death metal album cover if you ask me.

What on earth would my fellow workers think if they knew this was what I got up to in my free time? Not to mention my students. And it's probably best they don't, for everyone's sake. ;~S


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Days of Devotion


Perturbing Self-Portraits
~ Days of Devotion ~



This is a mixture of a church where I eat my lunchtime sandwiches, a typical Parisian facade, and me.

Oh, and some kids larking about and the odd loafer on a park bench. Childhood innocence. That's worth being devoted to. ;~S


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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Know What Eye Mean?


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~ Know What Eye Mean? ~



The shadow bottom left is actually the iPhone's as I held it up to the light. Whoops.

The eye's turned out pretty well. Especially considering I generally get completely blinded when looking into the light.

I know I've done this composition recently, but it seemed worth it this time. If you know what eye mean. ;~S


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Still My Beating Heart


Perturbing Self-Portraits
~ Still My Beating Heart ~



This pic features a tee-shirt I made with a Paris café pic of mine. It's almost legendary.

As you can see I'm shocked and surprised.

The heart's still beating though, reassuringly; there's a heart that beats in Paris... ;~S


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From Here To Eternity


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~ From Here To Eternity ~



Almost called this 'From Here To Intercity' but I'm not convinced this was taken on public transport.

There's something deliciously impressionistic about this one. Shapes and colours melting into each other, most of them on the yellowy orange end of the spectrum, admittedly.

Can't even remember where or when it was, but obviously the night. Ahh, it's often the night... ;~S


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Monday, 21 October 2013

BCNU


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~ BCNU ~



Fond of this one - I'm moving into Peter Gabriel territory I reckon, with that sort of dripping dissolving look.

Purposely won't tell you how I did it, just to keep the suspense intact.

Got to work this morning; grabbed a coffee and a pain au chocolat and trotted off to my lessons. None of my entourage were any the wiser. Funny how life is.

One day one of them'll say, say Sab, been following your self-portraits for quite a while now. And I'll get the shock of my life. Till then... ;~S


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