Hi Brandon, I’m Martin Mauhay, a Filipino based in Taiwan. i’ve been a lurker in your site for a while and just recently mustered enough courage to write this mail and share some of my photos.
Most photos posted by other readers did inspire me! I have been constantly blown away by the talent of the people and the readers that contribute to your website. I especially lust over photo’s taken by the Leica M’s and wishing one day to own one, I am on that journey but before reaching it i decided to get my hands on the Fuji x100s that a lot of people have been raving about. I’m not new to photography, i am an avid fanboy of photography. When i was younger i took snaps with Olympus film point and shoot cameras. In college i toyed around with digital cameras until I bought an Olympus DSLR. The 4/3 system went with me while I was working up to a 2 year stint abroad to get a post-graduate degree. Started working (again), bought the Fuji x100s and it changed the way i looked into photography. For a long time, i did not feel any soul in my photographs. I’ve shot thousands of photos with my Olympus (even included fashion shoots and I even earned some money doing event photos) but none of it really had any feeling to them.
When I stumbled upon the X20 I felt its impact and the way it was changing me. I was more engaged with the subject I shot and I was getting more emotion from them. Not after 2 weeks, I sold it and upgraded to the x100s. It was perfect, the controls, size ( I travel a lot for work) and the looks…and most importantly the images it comes out with was amazing! I am based in Taiwan and it is another street photography heaven. Lots of texture, colour and amazing subjects to shoot. Carrying the x100s allowed me to be invisible and if ever i choose to engage with the subject, they wouldn’t be intimidated with its size. I’ve taken it with me to Philippines, Thailand and India. I hope to share with you and the readers how i am evolving as a street photographer. Enclosed are some of my chosen photos on the x100s (and one on the x20) and how / why i shot them. I was inspired to shoot children and local people with their craft on a recent trip to India. By the way, most of my shots are processed using Aperture and Alien Skin using Tri-X 400. I’ve recently also started using film on a cannot QL17 on Tri-X 400’s, but those shots will be saved for another post.
P.S. I am also documenting this journey on my tumblr account where I choose my photo of the day of 365 days.
and my flickr for my sets
Saw a guy doing some graffiti ( this area encourages the youth to be creative and they are free to turn walls into art, caught awesome light and decided to take a snap. Taipei, Taiwan). One interesting thing i noticed was that the hit face was directly in front of the cartoon face and how the black contrasted with the white of the cartoon face.
x20 , ISO 1600 , A-priority, f 2.2, 1/18 (x20_1.jpg) (Tri-X 400 on Alien Skin 5, inspired by Steve Huff)
Office based in Hyderabad India, South Central area of India. Heavy Islamic influence, i was wandering inside a mosque and a lot children were playing while mothers watched. I asked if he could be taken and the mother gave me a nod. I felt the kid’s connection when he stopped playing and looked and looked straight into the lens. Snap, photo.
x100s, ISO 6400, A-priority, f 2.8, 1/58 (x100s_1.jpg) (Tri-x 400 on Alien Skin 5) (Hyderabad, Charminar, India)
I actually have a series of photos on kids in India , they are the most amazing subjects who gladly look into the the lens. But this one is special as i caught a candid moment where the child was deciding what fruit to eat and give to his mother.
x100s, ISO 6400, A-priority, f2.8. 1/170 (x100s_2.jpg) (Tri-X 400 on Alien Skin 5) (hyderabad, Charminar, India)
Went to a beach in Chennai. It was practically burning and the beach stretched out kilometres across and you don’t actually get to sea the water until you walk further down. Thousand of people enjoy the sun and sand while eating local delicacies and fruits. I chanced upon this old cutting fruit and i immediately this was a photo waiting to happen.
x100s, ISO 400 (ND Filter), A-priority, f 5.6, 1/110 (x100s_3.jpg) (Tri-X 400 on Alien Skin 5) (Chennai, India)
Hope my photo’s can also inspire other readers!
Many thanks and excited to see new contributions!