Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Store windows

Window of a tattoo shop next to club 'Madonna' at Washington Avenue in South Beach, Miami, Florida, USA, 2010. Street Photography of Miami, San Francisco and Key West by Emir Shabashvili, see http://street-foto.com, http://miamistreetphoto.com, http://miamistreetphotography.com or http://miamistreetphotographer.com

Reflection in 'Victoria's Secret' store's window on Lincoln road in South Beach, Miami, Florida, USA, 2010. Street Photography of Miami, San Francisco and Key West by Emir Shabashvili, see http://street-foto.com, http://miamistreetphoto.com, http://miamistreetphotography.com or http://miamistreetphotographer.com
Two of the same kind photographed in the South Beach's streets this weekend. In the morning, the place is almost a desert. The beaches are alive, but the streets are deserted.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Pinhole self-portrait

Self-portrait. Miami, Florida, USA, 2005. Street Photography of Miami, San Francisco and Key West by Emir Shabashvili, see http://street-foto.com, http://miamistreetphoto.com, http://miamistreetphotography.com or http://miamistreetphotographer.com
This image was created using Merlin pinhole camera made of quart-size metal can. The photo is paper negative on Ilford photo paper scanned and inverted digitally.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Film found in Vilia Auto camera: The last days of the Soviet Union



This is not my camera/film. It was published »here by the Live Journal user »zuborobo
He found this film sitting exposed for almost 20 years inside P&S camera Vilia-Auto.
Year 1991, the last days of the Soviet Union, simple people, hard life -- vodka, crumpled spaces of the soviet era flat, heavy everyday drinking so common for the people of Russia then and today (today even more as I heard).
All too familiar.
BTW we had the same model gas water heater as the one in the picture above.
Author had the funny story invented to accompany the pictures with names etc which I have no intention to translate: the pictures tell so much more.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

At the library

At Miami-Dade Public Library in Downtown Miami, Florida, USA, 2005. Street Photography of Miami, San Francisco and Key West by Emir Shabashvili, see http://street-foto.com, http://miamistreetphoto.com, http://miamistreetphotography.com or http://miamistreetphotographer.com
The picture had been taken at the Miami-Dade Public library in Downtown Miami. I used Minolta XE-7 camera with 28mm f:2.8 Rokkor manual focus lens, the film was Ilford HP5 Plus. This is sister-camera to Leica R3; it has very quiet shutter/mirror flipping mechanism (quiet for the SLR); so nobody reacted to the sound; not the old men, nor the bird:)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Club "Madonna"

Street scene on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach, Miami, Florida, USA, 2010. Street Photography of Miami, San Francisco and Key West by Emir Shabashvili, see http://street-foto.com, http://miamistreetphoto.com, http://miamistreetphotography.com or http://miamistreetphotographer.com
This Saturday at Miami Beach. Sorry, the prints are not available for these, not yet. Only one on top can be ordered. Pentax PZ-1P with Tokina 20-35mm and Ilford HP5 pushed in Diafine to E.I.800

Friday, August 20, 2010

Road to Beauty

Woman riding BMW on NW 161st Street in Sunny Isles Beach, Miami, Florida, USA, 2007. Street Photography of Miami, San Francisco and Key West by Emir Shabashvili, see http://street-foto.com, http://miamistreetphoto.com, http://miamistreetphotography.com or http://miamistreetphotographer.com
Woman riding bicycle on NW 161st Street in Sunny Isles Beach, Miami, Florida, USA, 2007. Street Photography of Miami, San Francisco and Key West by Emir Shabashvili, see http://street-foto.com, http://miamistreetphoto.com, http://miamistreetphotography.com or http://miamistreetphotographer.com
2 variations on the same theme: I normally pay little attention to the words on signs and street ads. Yes one can read them and it could influence the visual perception but it is my believe that picture need not to be supported by words. But, I couldn't let these two go without photographing them. Manual Minolta X-570 with long 200mm/F:4 lens.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Walking Downtown

Government Center and Public Library view in Downtown Miami, Florida, USA, 2005. Street Photography of Miami, San Francisco and Key West by Emir Shabashvili, see http://street-foto.com, http://miamistreetphoto.com, http://miamistreetphotography.com or http://miamistreetphotographer.com
Year 2005; the view of the Government Center and Public Library buildings in Downtown Miami, taken with Minolta XE-7 manual focus camera fitted with 28mm lens with deep red filter on to enhance the contrast. The film is Ilford XP2 Super 400 which I did not use much since then (did not like the grain of chromogenic film; developed all the XP2 I had been left with as black and white).

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Parting. The last frame.

Woman parting woth her son at a bus stop in South Miami, Florida, USA, 2010. Street Photography of Miami, San Francisco and Key West by Emir Shabashvili, see http://street-foto.com, http://miamistreetphoto.com, http://miamistreetphotography.com or http://miamistreetphotographer.com
As it sometimes happens with the film, the last, partially infected with light piece of film is actually holding the best picture on the roll.
This Sunday, mother and son at a bus stop in South Miami.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Morning breeze

Beach view in North Miami Beach (34th street), Miami, Florida, USA, 2010. Street Photography of Miami, San Francisco and Key West by Emir Shabashvili, see http://street-foto.com, http://miamistreetphoto.com, http://miamistreetphotography.com or http://miamistreetphotographer.com
This is North Miami Beach a few weeks back. The Saturday's morning was nice and windy...taken with old non-autofocus Minolta X-570 camera fitted with beautiful Rokkor 50mm F:1.4 lens.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Anatomy Lesson

Miami-Dade College, Kendall campus, Miami, Florida, USA, 2007. Street Photography of Miami, San Francisco and Key West by Emir Shabashvili, see http://street-foto.com, http://miamistreetphoto.com, http://miamistreetphotography.com or http://miamistreetphotographer.com
Taken at the anatomy lesson in Miami-Dade College, Kendall campus, in 2007

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I died for you

In the lobby of Government Center building, Miami, Florida, USA, 2010. Street Photography of Miami, San Francisco and Key West by Emir Shabashvili, see http://street-foto.com, http://miamistreetphoto.com, http://miamistreetphotography.com or http://miamistreetphotographer.com
This picture was waiting for me to take on one of the hot September mornings in 2009, in the lobby of Government Center building. Luckily I had my Bessa L loaded with some Kodak Tri-X 400.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Breeze

On board of 'Discovery Sun' cruse ship, Florida-Bahamas, USA, 2010. Street Photography of Miami, San Francisco and Key West by Emir Shabashvili, see http://street-foto.com, http://miamistreetphoto.com, http://miamistreetphotography.com or http://miamistreetphotographer.com
This summer, on board of "Discovery Sun" cruse ship en route Ft. Lauderdale->Grand Bahama Island.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Afghanistan in 1969

Afganistan in 1969. Ruins of the 'Red City' Shahr-i-Zohak. Emir Shabashvili's private collection
I acquired these color slides back in 2007 and just now started scanning them. I have no information on the photographer or the previous owner of the images. Obviously this is a group of american tourists on a tour. The counties are many: Jordan, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal etc. All the slides have original notes written in the blue ball pen; I put them under the pictures along with my comments. The quality of the images is amazing. Some of the images can be blown up to see very fine detail; the image above is actually a central part of a bigger image (see below). Ok, let's start with Afghanistan.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

LOFT: Walking Downtown

Street scene on SE 2nd Avenue in Downtown Miami, Florida, USA, 2007. Street Photography of Miami, San Francisco and Key West by Emir Shabashvili, see http://street-foto.com, http://miamistreetphoto.com, http://miamistreetphotography.com or http://miamistreetphotographer.com
This picture is a pure piece of luck. I wanted to shoot it, walking behind this guy with my Sony F717, but had little hope for a success. Fortunately, the stars were graceful to me that hot muggy September day on SE 2nd Avenue in Downtown Miami.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Found film photography: Moscow and Muscovites

Few years back I have started my "found film" project. It has started from the old folding "Life-O-Rama" camera with the roll of film forgotten inside by the previous owner. There were few pictures on the roll, dated probably late 90s, i.e. not very old, but I started looking for the old cameras with film inside. Now, after hundreds of cameras/developed rolls of film I still can't stop doing this.

The pictures from these rolls are often related to each other, they form stories, they can be explained, speculated on, dated, placed on the map etc.

The most intriguing part of course is who took them, who was the photographer, why they were not developed and all this story of camera with film sleeping for so long in some mystic fold of Times.

From now on, I will be publishing some of my findings here. Just look for the 'found film stories' tag. Here is the last one:

American suburb: sleeping as flying

Woman sleeping in a hammock in the residential area of Kendall, Miami, USA, 2010. Street Photography of Miami, San Francisco and Key West by Emir Shabashvili, see http://street-foto.com, http://miamistreetphoto.com, http://miamistreetphotography.com or http://miamistreetphotographer.com

This is actually my wife having a little rest at the friend's house in Kendall. When I saw these wings I can't stop myself from firing my 6x6 rolleicord:)