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Rush. Munich Airport, Germany, 2016.

Rush. Munich airport, Germany, 2016.

Another photo of my Airports portfolio, Rush, still from the Munich airport (Germany). This time again, it’s all about lines. Vertical, horizontal, from the airport itself, from the other buildings outside… The graphic intensity is very strong!

I still don’t get why is this man in a rush. It way past 11:00 PM, the only flight in the whole terminal was the one I was waiting for, which was anyhow almost 2 hours late. I suppose he didn’t know! But that’s not a problem, it gave me time to shoot around me, and this man’s anxiety gave me a perfect human element in my concert of lines.

It’s a bit weird to shoot in an empty airport. My traveling camera, the mighty Fujifilm X100t, is small and inconspicuous, perfect for shooting in the usual crowd of the airport, even from the hip. But here, imagine a 300m long hallway, with just one guy standing in the middle… Being big or small, the camera doesn’t even matter, it just feels weird. But anyhow, I was lucky enough that some people were so much in their mind that they didn’t observe me and continue their way. And I was just happy to shoot them, it made the wait way shorter that it actually was 🙂

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EXIFs:

  • Camera:Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/4.0
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
  • ISO: 6400
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2016, all rights reserved

Airport stairs. Munich Airport, Germany, 2016.

The Munich airport (and airports in general actually) may be my favourite playground for photography. It has pretty much all I love: slick and modern design with large windows, stairs, rushing people, calm crowd. They scream for a dynamic environment that is perfect for my kind of photography. Being a fan of geometry, strong lines and diagonals, I can find there all the graphical elements I need for street photography, Pierre Pichot style 🙂

I took advantage of a trip from Cluj-Napoca (Romania) to Frankfurt (Germany) via Munich (still Germany) to take a few shots. It was not the best possible scenario: on both go and back trip my first flight was delayed, making me rush between the arrival and boarding gates. So impossible for me to take my time and plan my photos. It was pure reflex shooting, in an instant. The photo above was shot while waiting for very long mechanical stairs to reach the last floor of the building. It was already late at night, the airport was pretty empty and I thought I’ll never be able to fit someone in my frame. At the very last second a group of passengers finally appeared, making my photo complete.

I once again decided to use the dutch angle, first of all because I really like it, but more importantly because it accentuate quite a lot the dynamic of the photos, multiplying the diagonals across the frame. The architectural complexity of this airport becomes much more obvious this way. It always reminds me those crazy science fiction movies and comics. Tsutomu Nihei’s manga Blame!, in this very case.

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EXIFs:

  • Camera:Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/8.0
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s
  • ISO: 6400
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2016, all rights reserved