Photo: Efrem's Embrace
Efrem’s Embrace by Benoît Felten Click to see in full size!
Review: Ibrahim Maalouf Concert
Monday night I went to a double bill concert as part of the Chorus festival near Paris. The opener was Ibrahim Maalouf, and the main act was Abraham Inc. Ibrahim Maalouf was a discovery for me. I had of course heard about this peculiar trumpet player, I even read some interviews and heard a few tracks on radio. I’d been toying with the idea of buying one of his records recently. I had a...
Review: Son of Dave - 02
To say that Son of Dave is an odd character would be an understatement (just check out this documentary of you want assurance of that fact), but it is, I suspect, this oddity that pushes him towards untrod musical paths. I’ve been following his ascent ever since I first heard of him in the late 90s, but 02 really is the album that made him stand-out. Son of Dave is a one man band for the...
Photo: St Michael Smites
St Michael Smites by Benoît Felten
Review: Elbicho - II
I first read about Elbicho described as progressive rock with flamenco roots. That sounded sufficiently strange that I of course immediately sought out their recently released record, II. You might wonder, incidentally, if that’s a nod to Led Zeppelin and while I don’t really hear an identifiable influence in the music, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was. The three distinctive...
Photo: Downstream from Glencar Waterfall
Downstream from Glencar Waterfall by Benoît Felten
Instruments from Inside: the Inside Story
Unless you’ve been living under a rock these last few weeks, you must have seen the beautiful photos of Björn Ewers’ Instruments from Inside series. I was so smitten by these photos and so puzzled about how they could have been realised that I emailed Björn with some questions, which he kindly agreed to answer: BF: How did the original project come to be? Is this an idea you had been...
Photo: The Soap Snake
The Soap Snake by Benoît Felten
Check This Out: Inside Classical Instruments
I saw this series on Photojojo last night, and I was simply blown away. Who ever thought that the inside of an instrument could look so spacious and beautifully lit ? These are shots Bjoern Ewers, and they are simply magnificent. They were commissioned by the Berlin philharmonic orchestra for their adverts. The thing I find astounding is this sense of space. I would love to know what kind...
Photo: Don't Walk on the Grass, Man!
Don’t walk on the grass, man! by Benoît Felten I don’t do much animal photography. Apart from Nick Brandt’s superb African animal shots, animal photography rarely moves me. BUt the opportunity to shoot this slightly angry cow could not be missed.
Amazing set of early Civil War photography
I’ve recently been more and more fascinated by the early history of photography. I’ve started getting books of early photo expeditions, etc. The Atlantic’s In Focus today presents and amazing series of US Civil War photos, well worth having a look at in The Civil War Part 1: The Places.
Photo: The Earth We Leave Behind
The Earth We Leave Behind by Benoît Felten I’m increasingly concerned about the Earth we leave behind. This wasn’t even shot in a proper landfill, it’s just a humungous pile of tires that’s lying in a field not far from where my parents live. Frightening…
Elephantmen Volume 1: Wounded Animals by Richard Starkings My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve been hovering around Elephantmen for a while. It was recommended to me by a clerk in a comic bookstore in Boston two years ago, but the first TPB wasn’t available and, to be honest, the premise seemed a little too much on the silly side. I stumbled upon it again in Dublin a couple of weeks back...
When you live in Paris (or, as is my case, just outside of Paris) youu kind of take the city for granted. And then, one evening you take your camera and beanbag out and you see it like that. And you go “Wow! Paris really IS beautiful…” Pont Saint-Michel by Benoît Felten