The Padrão Descobrimentos – Lisbon, Portugal. 2013

The Padrão Descobrimentos / Monument to the Discoveries is located on the Lisbon waterfront and  across the street from the Jerónimos Monastery.  The monument is beautiful – one must see it to appreciate its form and aesthetic accomplishment.

The tomb of Luís de Camões, Jerónimos Monastery – Lisbon, Portugal. 2013

A tomb housing the mortal remains of Luís de Camões, the Portuguese poet and chronicler of the Age of Discovery, inside of the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal.  The monastery is located across the street from the Belém Tower and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. I recently visited Lisbon and was blown away by the beauty of the city and the warmth of its people.  One week was nowhere near enough time to explore the city and I am looking forward to returning soon.

Tagines ready to be fired – Fes, Morocco. 2012.

There’s a forge in the outskirts of the Fes medina  that produces most of the ceramic bowls, tiles and tables found throughout the markets and souks of Fes and beyond.  The forge is incredible in that the production process is demonstrated from start to finish, from the drying of the raw clay to the arrangement of hand-cut zellij tiles on ornate tables.

A quick one from Josh’s house – playing with the new Sigma 35mm 1.4, New Jersey

A recent visit to B&H camera in NYC resulted in me adding a new lens to my kit – the much hyped and eagerly-awaited Sigma 35mm 1.4 in a Canon mount.  The early reviews were all positive and fueled a rough bout of “GAS” (gear acquisition syndrome, for the blessedly ill-informed).  Would it meet the hoopla?  Would I dump all of my Canon glass and go Sigma all-in?  I bought the lens a few weeks ago and have been playing with it since. While visiting my friend Josh / Bullet Tooth / Trustkill (RIP), I saw an opportunity to make…