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This year’s photo shoot in Italia worked out quite well and was highlighted by unusual and dramatic weather conditions for the summer season. At every location daily there were brief rain storms. In retrospect it was excellent for the photography. The pavement and ground was often glowing with intense sky’s presence in the backgrounds. I had spent many hours waiting in doorways, cafes and in churches dodging the stormy weather.
I had the challenge of trying to represent a geographic diversity of images with impact for 3 different projects in 9 days. Using a 3 camera setup with 2 tripods worked well to satisfy the image format specifications. A large format Panoramic Camera and my standard Hassablad, my usual gear with 200 rolls of 120cm B/W film. In addition in color with a digital camera as well to broaden the image usage possibilities from the journey.

I dedicate this collection of Italia 2018 images to Hime. RIP my family dog of 14 years…………

San Francisco Dream Cafes

Dream Cafes BannerThe San Francisco Dream Cafes photography collection is influenced by my French, Italian and Japanese Cafe Projects from the past decade. Setting up before dawn, I bring my own bistro tables, chairs, cafe props and accessories in order to stage cafe scenes at choice San Francisco landmark locations. I have acquired all the cafe cups, napkins, menus, props and accessories on my travels.

I meticulously set up and prepare the Dream Cafes photography before sunrise with a variety of differently styled props and beverage themes. The images are enhanced by the optimum morning lighting conditions and the absence of people. By photographing at dawn I can take advantage of the misty fog and soft lighting to enhance, create and reinforce the dreamy ethereal mood. To view more explore Seaside 2019Seaside 2018USA Collection and San Francisco On Film.