UK in June

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I’ve never been to Bath. Hell...I’ve never been to England, period. So when my friend Kevin Mullins asked if I’d be interested in being a guest speaker for his X-Weddings Conference 2018...let’s just say I didn’t hesitate much. My only apprehension stemmed from not being a wedding shooter—surrounded by world-renowned wedding shooters. But he quickly assured me it wouldn’t be a problem, that the goal was to go beyond a strictly wedding-oriented event. We are all visual storytellers and documentarians, regardless of subject matter. The conference will feature seven speakers: Facundo Santana (Argentina), Marianne Chua (England), Neale James (England), York Place Studios (England). Of course Kevin Mullins and yours truly to round it all up. Honestly, the work from these fellow photographers is humbling to say the least.

So here we go: off to Bath on June 12th and 13th 2018. I’ll be giving a talk entitled The United States of Photography on day one, and then manning a full-day workshop on day two. I’m taking a maximum of 6 participants for the workshop so space for this one is limited—I prefer keeping it small and personal. Facundo is also giving a workshop on the same day (12 max participants for his).

I’m extremely excited about this event and about finally setting foot on UK soil. We do share a Queen after all (yes, The Crown has indeed had an impact on our household). If you’re interested I have a promo code for you: plr2018 will give you a 5% discount on tickets for Keynote Day.

Jolly good times ahead I’m sure.
Cheerio ;)

1EYE, ROAMING: Introducing BOOKS II & III

1EYE, ROAMING was never meant to become a series. Released in 2013, the book was a return to the very first images I had shot with a Fujifilm X-series camera—the original X100—during a trip through France. It represented a sea change and a new, simpler way of seeing for me: one camera, one lens...one focal length.

But it also became a method of traveling and shooting from which I’ve never wavered. So when I began to imagine a framework for new books, it eventually dawned on me that I had one already: 1EYE, ROAMING had set the stage. Different cities, different eye—same concept and approach.

Today I’m introducing Books II and III: Venice & Rome and In Tokyo. Both have been in the works for quite some time, enough that I could’ve staggered their release. But at this point—despite the geographic distances—they felt complementary to me.

With Book II we find ourselves in Italy during the fall of 2014, exploring the streets of two famous cities with an X100S. In Book III we’re in Japan, during my six-day visit to Tokyo in January 2016—this time with an X-Pro2 and the XF 35mm f/2 lens, switching from a 35mm to a 50mm POV.

The tone of these new chapters is slightly different, less verbose, less of a diary than Book I. But they follow in the footsteps of the original by also including brief “technical” addendums—a look at processing and an essay in Book II; annotated contact sheets in Book III.

Both eBooks can be purchased individually but I’ve also created a double-pack—which adds a bit of a discount. You can learn more about the new books in the Publications section. It feels good to finally release these...like turning a page. I do hope you’ll find something worthwhile, should you decide to add them to your collection.

No holiday wishes yet...I should be back one last time before the week is over :)


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December Publications

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Guy* and I were sitting in the hotel hobby, waiting to meet friends for dinner. This would be our last night in Stockholm after two very full days surrounding the unveiling of the Profoto A1. We’d spent the morning at the company’s HQ, had met with some of the engineers and managers and done a full-blown interview with CEO Anders Hedebark later that afternoon. The plan all along had been to write a basic account of the launch event for the magazine. But I’d been sitting in my room for an hour, going over conversations in my head, dozens of encounters and moments...and my brain was quite literally buzzing.
You know, this piece I have to write...I think it needs to get a lot bigger. Can we do that?
What do you have in mind?” Guy asked.
A road movie. This journey, the A1—but ultimately…Profoto. It needs to be about Profoto itself.
Go for it”, he said with a big smile.

That story—Fearless: Profoto. The A1. The Future—is on newsstands now, in the December issue of Photo Life magazine.

Here’s the gist of it: I was deeply impressed by what I saw over there. Ultimately, beyond the almost iconic nature of this company in our industry, what I witnessed was a very small group of people pushing hard. That’s it. So I wanted to write something that would express this as honestly as possible, without becoming sycophantic. Hopefully I’ve succeeded.

Now of course, the reality of print media is quite different from these virtual worlds we build here on the web: pages cost money and space is finite. So I’m all the more grateful that Photo Life accepted to let me expand on our initial vision—especially under the crazy tight deadlines we were facing at the time.

Below you’ll find some of the images I shot for the article, along with a few more that couldn’t be included. That space thing I just mentioned.

Later :)

P.S Alongside the December issue, the magazine’s annual Buyer’s Guide is also hitting the shelves. I was contributing editor this year, my first time doing anything of the sort. Quite an intense experience but I’m very proud of the results.

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 *That’s Guy Langevin, editor-in-chief for Photo Life and Photo Solution.

Zaventem & Other Territories: Spoils

I'd been looking forward to this hunting trip. A chance to follow in my friend's footsteps, exploring those same fields I'd seen so often in his brilliant images—like walking into a painting. But with our Brussels workshop set for the morning, I have to admit defeat: my cold isn't getting better and I'll be needing my voice, my brain and my strength. So today, I'm home bound.

Bert returns late in the evening and shows me the spoils: one pigeon and a couple of ducks.
 "I have to butcher the meat now" he says. "I don't much like this step but I need to do it. I need to see the entire process through to the end, on my own. It shows respect."

There's no glee, no chest thumping.
Only reverence.
Only gratitude.


Shot with the X-Pro2 and XF 35mm f2 R WR


Zaventem & Other Territories - I moved through someone else's everyday.

"You're home", Bert said. And I was. 

We made coffee in the morning, talked for hours, remade several worlds in the process. I lived a family life away from my own...sports practice, ice cream, frituur. A quiet evening at Griet's house after a beautiful day in Leuven, looking at photo books and drinking wine. Wandering is easier with friends, when the ground we stand on is level and our feet are anchored, firmly.

But eventually, someone else's everyday reminds us of ours.
The one still stirring, a few oceans away.


Shot with the X-Pro2 and XF 35mm f/2 R WR