Yves Barbieux is a passionate musician, he plays umpteen instruments and spends his days composing and working on all his various projects, the main one being 'Les Déménageurs', a music band/show for children which is hugely successful (tickets sell out within days!). Prior to that project, he set up Urban Trad which eurovision geeks may remember from the 2003 competition in Latvia, where they came second with 'Sanomi', sung in a completely invented language in order not to have to pick one of the three official Belgian ones!
I spent the tail end of 2013 and the first week of 2014 hanging out around Miami and the Florida Keys - we weren't overly blessed with the weather as it was pretty grey and rainy for a third of our trip but we still got in a couple of beach days, some sunny roadtrippin', a great day of scuba diving (incredibly clear waters!), a daytrip to the beautiful Everglades, some shopping (way less painful in America, why?), the largest mojito I will ever see, too many peanut butter flavoured foodstuffs, lots of reading and chilling. Feeling ready for whatever 2014 has to throw my way!
Took my Canon A1 along...which I love not only because it was manufactured the same year I was, but also because it is historically significant - it being the first SLR to offer an electronically controlled exposure mode.
My friend Maher was in town a couple of weeks ago and it seemed a perfect opportunity to take my OM-1 out for a spin. I picked this one up on ebay for under 10eur ...I'd had my mind set on finding one ever since I read that the legendary Observer magazine portrait photographer, Jane Brown, used only these... buying them whenever she saw one. So here's a selection from my first roll of film on it...
My brother was in Paris playing with his original Jazz Trio last week... with Julien on drums and Justin (who flew in especially from San Francisco) on the double bass. Great to see them play together again after a fair few years, and to see a host of friendly and familiar faces in the audience. It was also so nice to spend a couple of days in Paris on 'leisure time' and not for work... managed to squeeze in a few exhibitions, seeing friends and family, some touristing around Montmartre and testing out another camera (results soon if they are any good!)
A couple of shots from my test run with the Kodak Retinette 1A - mine is one of the later models, produced around 1963 (I could be off by a year or two). It's all a bit of guesswork... guess the exposure, guess the focal distance and cross your fingers! On the plus side, the lens is lovely & sharp and the exposure seems to be quite forgiving ... and the wind on lever is on the bottom of the body, which is a nice touch. These shots from the Ste Catherine/Canal area of Brussels.
Just came across these shots from early July when Zeebrugge (on the Belgian coast) was host to a European beach rugby tournament... of all things. Our club entered a men and women's team and we actually won a couple of bouts which was nice (Beach rugby is ridiculously exhausting!). It was a great day, aided by the sun making her first appearance of the summer & capped off by a bbq at the camping ground. After surveying the scene, I decided that spending the night there - tent to tent with hundreds of drunk rugby lads - was not for me and headed home to collapse in my own bed.