Phool Cinema Hall – Patiala – India

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The Phul or Phool cinema is a theater in Patiala in Punjab.
It is an impressive Art Deco building erected in a rather large compound in a rather busy traffic junction in the city.

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I first spot it from the car when we passed by, and as we were having some samosas on the other side of the road I could not resist to cross the junction for a closer look.

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India the (other) land of cinema! Our guide discussed with a man that looks to be the guardian or operator or both of the cinema and he happily showed us around. The art deco fixtures are beautiful. Not only could we see the entrance, but also the upstairs foyer and the projection room.

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The old projectors are now at rest replaced by a digital device. We could even peep into the room where Judwaa 2 was showing.

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The highlight of the visit was when our host (below) showed us to the top of the building.

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Thank you very much sir for the visit.

All shots in very poor light with Leica M262 and Summicron 50mm. I did not wand to loose time changing lens, but the the view of the roof top with the moon and the projectors view would have benefit from a wider lens. For the poor light, I have to consider if a faster would help. Maybe a 35Lux sometime?

I am just printing the portrait above and posting it to the cinema today.

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Phool Cinema Hall – Patiala – India

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House is surely one of the most iconic buildings in par with the Eiffel Tower. For our first trip in Australia I select Sydney as our first landing point not to miss it.

If you stay close to Circular Quay the building is always in view.

I am not going to copy wikipedia but quickly the building was the work of danish architect  Jørn Utzon and was opened in 1973.

If you walk around the Rocks market during the week end you can see some vintage shots of the construction which are quite interesting.

We took the tour to visit the building which I highly recommend, but be warned, I find it pricey at 34$ per adult.

On top of having a guide that tells you the story of the building and describe its architecture, you can see some of the show rooms and inner pieces or architecture.

Definitely one of the nicest views is from Harbor Bridge.

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All shots with the Leica M262 and M6 for the Black and White picture.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney on Film

I went “down under” for the first time last school holidays. I was now carrying the “new” travel kit:

  • Leica M6
  • Leica M262
  • Summicron 28F2
  • Summaron 35mmF2.8
  • Summilux 50mmF1.4v2
  • Elmarit 90mmF2

5 or 6 rolls of film (I just shot 2) and small accessories.

I overcome (temporarily the urge to by a new camera bag by loading all of this is the very big Crumpler 8Mio and for day to day walks to put in my suitcase a Crumpler 1Mio. The later can fit one body with a lens and an extra lens, my wallet and phone, the second body goes around the neck.

On circular quay there are always a few buskers including this group of aboriginals, playing didgeridoo along with disco beats.

The fish market is packed with Chinese tourists.

Men’s biz : a trendy barber in one of the galleries in central Sydney.

Sydney on Film

Design Week-end – Singapore

10 to 22nd of March was the Singapore Design Week, and during the week-ends were some Design trails, taking visitors through Design landmarks in the city-state.

We join the trail on the last Sunday,and had a first stop around our house at the Lloyds Inn, a recently renovated boutique hotel around the corner from where we live. The inside of the hotel is out-of-bounds but the garden and outside architecture is worth a look.

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Lloyds Inn

Lloyds Inn

In a small portion of the garden is a kind or art installation, good opportunity for a close up with the Hassie.

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Lloyds Inn

The trail is quite well organized and a minibus was bringing visitors from one place to the next. This being sunday a couple of places were closed unfortunately. We head next to the Working Capitol on Keong Saik Road, near Chinatown. This is a very nice classic building converted into a shared working space for individual entrepreneurs and start-ups.

A bit more close up action on a showcased jewelry stand

Out final stop was up Pearl Hill, on what’ snow called number 195, but was called “the upper barracks” from the time it was housing the Sikh officers of the colonial police (I imagine the non officers were in the lower barracks). This is also a beautiful colonial era building, but which nowadays is more or less left to its own dereliction. Very close to the city center it would make a beautiful area for art display or as the Working Capitol for housing start-ups.

We met a very nice young couple doing calligraphy to the greatest joy of my son.
Al pictures taken with the trusty Hasselblad 500Cm and the 80mmF2.8. Some pictures (interior) with Kodak Tri-x 400, others with Ilford PAN 50.

 

References:
The Working Capitol
Design Singapore Council
Lloyd’s Inn

Design Week-end – Singapore

Urban renovation – Cannes – France

Urban renovation - Cannes - France

One of the rare examples I have seen in Cannes or urban renovation of an old industrial building.

La soufflerieClose to the center this warehouse use to be a wind tunnel for a french aeronautic company (can be Sud Aviation but I am not sure).La soufflerie

From what I could find on the web these are mixed habitations and offices usage.

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Camera:Hasselblad 500CM
Lens:Planar 80mm F2.8
Film:Rollei RPX 100ISO

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Cannes: Le Kiosque des allées

Xmas film shooting in town with the old Kodak Autographic Jr.

Difficult not to note the problem in the bottom left side of the frame; not sure what it is. It did not appear on the last B&W film and the patterm is quite consistent when it shows. Maybe a pressure plate problem?

Camera: Kodak Autographic Jr
Film: Kodak Ektar 100
Scanning: EPSON V500, Lightroom 3, PSP Elements 4

Cannes: Le Kiosque des allées

KPO (29 May 2010) !

[French] La poste de Killiney Road à Singapour avec son service voiturier! Hé Hé, non ne rêvez pas, en fait c’est le bâtiment qui est partagé en deux entre la poste d’un coté et un bistrot de l’autre, et le voiturier au milieu. Et le parking bien sur pour le seul café. Mélange curieux de service public et d’entreprise privée, bienvenu dans le monde de demain dont Singapour est parfois le laboratoire. Je précise que la poste et KPO (c’est le nom du bar pour “Killiney Post Office“, à Singapour comme en France on aime les acronymes) ne sont pas seulement voisins mais qu’ils communiquent, je n’ai malheureusement  pas trouvé une manière de photographier cela convenablement.

[Anglais] The Killiney Road Post Office in Singapore with its Valet Parking service! Stop dreaming! In fact the old building has been cut in two: the post office on one side, a pub on the other, and the Valet Parking service in between. And of course the parking place for the pub only. Strange mix of public service and private business; welcome in the world of tomorrow of which Singapore is sometimes the laboratory. To be exact the post office and KPO (short for Killiney Road Post Office, Singaporeans are fond of such abbreviations) are not only neighbors, their insides are communicating, but I could not find a nice way to picture this.

Photo: Singapour: KPO

Camera: Leica M4 + Summilux 50mm 1.433
Film: Kodak Portra 400vc3
Scanner:Epson v500
Touch-up:Lightroom 2.x / Bibble Pro 5/ PSP Elements 4.0

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KPO (29 May 2010) !