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Munich, street photography, Pxhere, CC-BY-2.0

Photographers Frank, Herzog, Lindbergh: their work and legacy

Above/featured: Underpass in Munich, unnamed photographer (Pxhere CC-BY-2.0).

In the past week have passed away three photographers: Robert Frank, Fred Herzog, and Peter Lindbergh. Their photographic work, stories, structure, and practice have provided important elements to my photography education. The following is a brief summary who they were, the work for which they’re best known, and examples of their images from Instagram and documentary videos from YouTube.

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Northbridge, Vincent, Perth, WA, Australia,

Fotoeins Friday: ‘VHT Perth’ in Northbridge/Vincent

At first glance, this is not fancy, and perhaps, it’s also out of the way. But if you put me onto a train or bus to get me where I need to be, I’m good as good, right as rain.

With a high recommendation to this part of greater Perth, I’m in the Northbridge area, though technically, it’s the city of Vincent. On William Street there are plenty of places to sip and nosh: first, I’m jonesin’ for some proper Vietnamese food (extra cilantro, please), followed by a seat outside at a café with a coffee under warm late-winter sun.

I’ll achieve little over the next three hours. But my belly is full, I’ve got my sunnies on, and I’m basking under west Australian light.

During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 12 September 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/640-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on as

Chinatown, International District, Seattle, WA, USA,

Fotoeins Friday: King and Maynard (Seattle CID)

I’ve been fascinated by the origins and appearance of words and characters since I learned how to write in both Chinese and English languages. Thanks to a variety of websites (particularly one about Berlin), my eye has recently been tuned to typography.

In front of the Fortune Garden restaurant in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District (CID) are bilingual street signs which have been widespread throughout the area since 2013. North of Jackson Street, street signs switch from Chinese-English to Japanese-English; east of I-5 and 10th Avenue, street signs switch from Chinese-English to Vietnamese-English.

In the picture, the combination of Chinese characters have little meaning. But where transliteration to Cantonese is concerned, each Chinese character is an individual “vocalization” representing a syllable in English. South King Street becomes “南景街” which is pronounced “naam4 ging2 gaai1” and in literal terms is “south – view/situation – street”. Maynard Avenue South becomes “南美拿大道” which is pronounced “naam4 mei5 naa4 daai6 dou6” and in literal terms is “south – good/pretty – take/use/capture – big – road”. (See the note below* for more.)

I made the picture above on 11 May 2016 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/800-sec, f/11, ISO1000, and 47mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

* Arriving primarily from Guangdong province in southern China, people began building Chinatown settlements in North America in the 19th-century; most of the new immigrants spoke Cantonese. With my own intermediate proficiency in Cantonese, I’ve used CantoDict for the transliterations above. The numbers associated with Anglicized pronunciation of Chinese words correspond to six tones in the Cantonese dialect. A summary of the six Cantonese tones is provided in this video.

street art, Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD, CBD, Melbourne, Australia,, myRTW

Fotoeins Friday: the art of protest, Melbourne CBD

30 August 2012.

Street art covers the walls in Hosier Lane within Melbourne’s Central Business District. It is in fact the art of protest.

This painting does not carry social or sacred meaning nor hope for money as some primary source for justifying your pathetic needs.
Even though I appear ugly and misunderstood I’m treasurable to those that allow me to hang around.

At centre is the Australian Aboriginal Flag created by Harold Thomas and flown in July 1971 for the first time. The flag was proclaimed by the Australian Federal Government as an official Flag of Australia in 1995.

During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 30 August 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/15-sec, f/5, ISO800, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

Singapore Chinatown, Singapore, Chinatown, Pagoda Street, myRTW,

Fotoeins Friday: Pagoda Street, Singapore Chinatown

4 July 2012.

I’m interested in finding out what Singapore’s Chinatown is like. Riding the MTR, I exit the transport system at “Chinatown” station, and I walk down a flight of stairs to street level. I’m always curious to see (1) what people think how Chinatown should appear, (2) what the resident Chinese feel about the incarnation, and (3) how a gentrified form of Chinatown appears similarly around the world. Apart from electronics stores and dollar stores with cheap souvenirs, there’s a lot more to Chinatown farther afoot. There is a Chinatown heritage centre down this street, and historical heritage buildings are scattered around the area.

Singapore, Chinatown, MRT North East line,

Chinatown station (NE4), MRT North East line.

During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 4 July 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/160-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 32mm focal length (51mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on as

Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong, myRTW,

Fotoeins Friday: Tai Po street scene (Hong Kong)

12 June 2012.

This is Tai Po in the New Territories, and I’m walking southeast on Kwong Fuk Road (at Tsing Yuen Street). The white tower at left-centre is the Wing Shing Building (149-155 Kwong Fuk Road), and visible through the haze in the background is Ma On Shan (馬鞍山) mountain.

Where is everybody?

June in Hong Kong is hot and sticky, and on a blazing muggy afternoon, many are inside next to fans or air-conditioning. I’m one of the foolish few to wander the streets, but my reward is relatively empty streets framed by signage and street lines. There are “classic” Hong Kong elements: the row of air-con units outside and tucked next to windows, commercial signs big and small hanging over the street, familiar traditional Chinese words and characters, “no stopping” and “no left turn” signs to accompany driving on the left, aluminum scaffolding and bamboo poles, and women with open umbrellas to provide shade from the scorching sun.

During my year-long RTW, I made the photo above on 12 June 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/800-sec, f/5, ISO100, and 43mm focal length (69mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

South Jackson Street, International District, Seattle, WA, USA,

Fotoeins Friday: “Waiting on red” (Seattle Inter. Dist.)

Where past meets present.

Where West meets East, and in this case, that meets the western Pacific and Asia meets the eastern Pacific and North America.

Where Japantown merges with Chinatown.

Where trolley buses and the streetcar have their say on South Jackson Street in the International District.

I made this photo above on 11 May 2016 with Canon 6D, 24-105 zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/1000s, f/11, ISO800, 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

Melbourne, Australia, myRTW,

Navigating Melbourne’s lanes for street art

In an earlier post, I’ve shown some work on display as street art in Adelaide in South Australia.

Over a period of four days in Melbourne, I wandered through lanes and streets to look for some representative street art in the Victorian state capital, some works which spoke of the people who live there. Would it be the same kind of art and/or messages I’d seen earlier in Adelaide? As always, the set of artists and their respective work hold unique value in each of the cities.

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Adelaide, SA, Australia,

Adelaide: street art in the CBD

The following shows some of the street art present in and around the Central Business District in Adelaide, South Australia state’s capital city. I’m very grateful to have spent some time in South Australia as a part of my year-long RTW (around the world).

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Illuminating the void

The following may be familiar to some …

Mala Strana Prague

Míšeňská, Malá Strana, Prague

This is one of my favourite photographs I’ve made in the Czech capital; the setting for this photograph is only 200 metres from the western end of the Charles Bridge. The photo highlights how beautifully illuminated little side streets in the old parts of town can appear, how empty these places are in the evening and early morning hours, and how rewarding it is to sneak away from the tourists’ well-trodden tracks.

I made this photograph at about 1am (local time) on 9 October 2009 with the Canon EOS450D camera, EF-S 18-55mm kit-lens, and no tripod; the camera settings were 1/10s, f/5, ISO800, 44mm. This post is originally published on Fotoeins Fotopress (

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