Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 slideshow

2012 year through my lens(es); almost all of the pictires are B&Ws; bye-bye color...


Selected 2012, a set on Flickr.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Last week of December


Dry residue of the last week's wandering in the streets of Little Havana and Downtown with Olympus Stylus P&S:

Monday, December 17, 2012

Curious case of double exposure

Here, pictured in the uncut grass of my backyard, sits Brownie camera I received last February from *bay seller. It is ancient No 2A model from the early 20s. This very simple box camera has one speed rotary-type shutter and 3 Waterstop apertures...that's it. I bought is because there was a roll of exposed film inside. The film turned out to be a 116 Kodak Verichrome Pan. Now, Verichrome Pan is later film, went on sale in mid-50s. It is also known for preserving the latent image very well. So, 4 minutes in very cold and very active developer and...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Calle Ocho Photo Walk

I will be leading the photowalk at Calle Ocho in Little Havana this Saturday Dec 8th 2012. The photowalk is one of the key events of the fast approaching Miami Street Photography Festival. This is a post for those of you who decided to participate in the event:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wynwood Fashion District in late November

Kiev 4am/35mm Jupiter Lens/Plus-X at E.I.400 in Diafine.
Tomorrow I am leaving for my seasonal Russian vacation and still debating what camera/cameras to take there...probably Contax with 50mm lens and is dark there, I am going to need all the contrast I can master.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Three Graces


Taken downtown last week with Olympus Stylus Epic camera on Tri-X film

Monday, October 22, 2012

Friday's Night Catch

Leica M2 has become my #1 camera for night work. Tried: Leica IIIf, Nikon F5, Nikon S, Contax name it. M2 is a clear winner. The lenses are 35mm and 28mm (this is 28mm).

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Books I published in IPAD format

I converted all books I published on Blurb to Ipad format.
The download is free, here are the links:

"Selected" series:

Victor Ginzburg, "Selected Photographs" --

Mike Steinberg, "Selected Photographs" --

Alexander Slyusarev, "Selected Photographs" and "Selected Color"--

Emir Shabashvili, "Selected Photographs" --

My street potrfolio circa 2007:
"La Machine a Habiter"

Books based on my Russian blog :

Day by day 2006-2008 (Russian)

Day by day 2008-2009 (Russian)

Happy reading!

Friday, October 12, 2012

M in Little Havana


this had been taken at Calle Ocho last Wednesday; I saw the visual rhyme (actually more than one; 4 elements echo each other); pointed and clicked my Olympus P&S...

Walking Downtown

This shot and few below were taken in late September/early October with Olympus P&S camera on Tri-X film

Friday, October 5, 2012

Kodak discontinues TMax P3200 TMZ film :(

British Journal Of Photography

Sad news. The film is the one I use every week, my nocturnal companion...oh well

Wednesday in Little Havana


This had been taken with Kiev 4AM + 35mm Jupiter f/2.8 lens -- one of the few the soviet era setups I have. Came to like this cruel piece of machinery after some trial and error.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ocean drive's nights in September


The film has its limits; when the light is as weak as it usually is at the Ocean at night its failing to record anything at all, even at the sensitivity as high as 12500.
Still, people at night are open as never during the day and I just keep shooting, hoping for the sudden glimpse on the subject, just like in the picture above and below...

Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Nash Chelovek v Maimi"

"Nash Chelovek v Miami" can be translated from Russian as "Our Man in Miami".
It is a heading of an article on my photography and other things just published in "Kazan" magazine. "Kazan" is a paper publication on art and culture; it is based in my native town of Kazan, Russia (Tatarstan province). Here is the link to the web version of the article:

and here is the pdf:

The photographs below are the few published in the issue

Happy reading!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Miami Street Photography Festival: see you there in December!

Miami Street Photography Festival is coming. The deadline for submitting the images is October, 15 and it is close! So if you are planning to take part in this great event, hurry up! The festival will include an exhibition, evening with magnum photographer Alex Webb, guided photo shoot in Little Havana, Alex and Rebecca with conduct a workshop. Check it out --

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Every Day Is A Sun Day!


I remember my very first day in Miami 10 years ago. We flown from Moscow to NY and then to MIA where a relative pick us up. It was August 2002, same time of the year. There were waves of heat coming in every day, night rains, resulting in the humid sauna outside of the house we stayed. Everything was so new, so unusual to norther the people like us...not anymore. I am much better managing the weather now. I move slowly in the shadows and survive easily in the streets for a long time, taking pictures. Here are few from the last week:

Monday, July 23, 2012

South beach nights

Night is the only time when I can shoot comfortably these summer days. Even at night --- this one was hot (87F) and humid -- the feel and the load of subtropical summer never goes away.
Shooting streets at night is tricky:
- the light is unpredictable;
- exposure error is rather a norm;
- bracketing rarely helps;
- focusing is unreliable, both manual or AF,
and despite of all of this I love the view of night-time pictures and how people open to the simple emotions in the dark. Again, Satursday's South Beach was packed with people, celebrating life and I had my glimpse of it. Here another second for you:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bayfront Park


This Monday at Bayfront park during lunch break with Olympus Stylus Epic/Ilford HP5+

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

On Joan Colom

Joan Colom is Spanish (Catalan) photographer from Barcelona.
Born in 1921, he started taking street pictures in the "red lights" district El Barrio Chino (i.e. Chinatown, now "Raval") at the age of 37.
He had a day time job in accounting and use to shoot during weekends.
I love his style partially because of my addiction to shooting candids "from the hip".
Almost all of his images from 1958 to 1964 were shot "clandestine".
He did this because he tried to capture something very elusive: the glances, gestures, grimaces, poses, all king of people-to people interactions.
He wanted for his pictures to be emotional and alive, to capture the life in its moments and let it live in the photographic form forever.
And he succeeded.
I do not know any other photographer of the time so dedicated to this idea of capturing moments of life as Joan Colom was.
Here is he shooting in Raval with his Leica M2:

You see why the most of his pictures are verticals (i.e. "portrait" orientation).

The Shadow


I had not been shooting much lately and the films I still have developed do not give anything interesting; I fished this one from the old 2011's pile while looking through my archive for something else. It is Bessa R3M/35mm lens on Tri-X film rated at 1600 in Diafine.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Too loud


I came across this gentleman at a festival in Overtown Miami this weekend; he was comfortably listening to Nicole Henry's singing with fingers in his ears. Don't get the message wrong: she's a great singer; its is just the amplification was indeed at the highest possible setting.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ten rules for him who wishes to be a painter a photographer

I an reading Salvador Dali's hilarious book (50 Secrets Of Magic Craftsmanship, 1947) and couldn't help but edit his "10 rules of painter" to apply them to photography. Enjoy:)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012