Platea, Street Photography, Travel

Streets of Montpellier

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I’m in love with Montpellier and that for many reasons.

First off all, when I speak of Montpellier, I’m primarily thinking of the old town in the center of town with the narrow streets. Here you’ll sense a very local atmosphere, people will meet each other at the cafe for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Sitting at a cafe there you will get the feeling that you’re watching how the every day life in Montpellier is, as it unfolds in front of you. With their openness the locals will include you, as a tourist, into this easygoing atmosphere and have a small chitchat with you.


As a street photographer the narrow streets in the old town will provide you with plenty of light and shadow opportunities, the only thing you need is to wait for a subject to walk straight into the scene.

When the sun is setting in the evening, the narrow streets will be filled with shafts of the most beautiful golden light. I look forward to this all year!

Fun fact, there are many students in Montpellier, around 43 pct of the population are under the age of 30. There’s a vibrant and young feel to the city, that will make you feel comfortable having your camera on you. You won’t stand out as a street photographer.

I’m in love with with Montpellier, and fortunate for me, it is only a one hour drive from where my family and I have had the opportunity to spend our summer holidays for the past many years.

Below are some of my favorite street shots from the past couple of years in Montpellier.

/ Brian

Platea, Street Photography

Two new Platea members

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We are very happy to welcome two new members to the Platea Street Photography Collective.

Julie Krebs von Halling and Thomas Palisz Toft (a.k.a. Birdhouse Camper).

Their portfolios have been added to our website and we’re looking forward to make them part of our collective.

Platea, Street Photography, Travel

Streets of Shanghai

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Thanks to my daily profession I get to travel a lot (I’ve written that once before).

Shanghai is a city that I have visited a couple of times because the company I work for has a local sales office and every second year in December there is a huge fair called “Marintec”, which we attend. I’m actually going there again this December, to attend Marintec 2017, so if you are there as well come find me at the “IRON Pump A/S” stand in the Danish pavilion and I’ll buy you a soda and we can talk street photography.

Anyway, back to the interesting stuff, street photography in Shanghai. There is lots of opportunities for street photography in Shanghai, especially if you stray off of the main roads which are to polished and touristy for my taste. I occasionally stay at the SAS hotel at “Peoples Square” and it’s a little to close to the tourist heavy part of Shanghai and it doesn’t feel as genuine and unpolished as if you stay at a hotel outside the center of town, which I have also tried.


In general Shanghai is a very crowded and busy city and personally I’m not all that fond of walking around in it by myself, maybe because I’m 193cm tall and very Scandinavian looking which apparently in Shanghai means that I must be (obviously) interested in buying fake Rolex watches, want to go to “a ladies club” or want to get hustled with the “Take my picture and join me for tea so I can practice my english” scam. I never fell for the scam because when sufficiently many Chinese people asks you (specifically you out of 30-60 people passing by but you happen to be the only non-local) to take their picture, it kind of dawns on you that something is fishy about it. I later talked to a German guy who fell for it and ended up paying a hefty check at some fancy teahouse. So my advice is just act as if you dont speak english or say you are busy, or like me just say that you really just want to find a Starbucks for a coffee and a wifi connection (would also be true).


I hope I don’t discourage anyone from visiting Shanghai, I just recommend that you watch yourself and stay skeptical at anyone that are a little to friendly. According to my local colleague it is highly forbidden to harm or rob tourists or visitors, but it’s kind of okay to cheat them out of their money, so they just want your money.

Below are some of my favorite street shots from my past couple of trips to Shanghai.

Best regards,

Travel Tip: Agree on the price to the airport with the cabdriver before getting in the cab, maybe ask someone at the hotel what the price would normally be, otherwise you might end up driving in the opposite direction out of town, only to circle all the way around Shanghai to the airport. We could see it on google maps, but the cabdriver didn’t understand english so there was no point in telling her to take the short rute, and the company pays the expenses so what else is there to do than laugh at the situation.

Platea, Street Photography, Travel

Streets of Vancouver


Thanks to my daily profession I get to travel a lot.

Last year I was fortunate enough to go to Vancouver on business and managed to get a lot of time to explore the city and shoot some street photography.

Below are my 17 favorite street shots from that trip and as you can probably tell I’m a big fan of finding an interesting setting, then wait for someone to “strideby” and add that human element to the image.

Vancouver is very recommendable to visit, for both street photographers and regular turists. If you want to se more photos of Vancouver and read more about the city you can do so on my personal photography blog (Rockshot Blog).

Best regards,

Platea, Street Photography

Vote for the 20 most influential street photographers for 2017!

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Our fine member in Platea, Jonas Dyhr Rask, has had the honor of being chosen for a group with 123 other street photographers, in becoming one of the 20 most influential street photographers for 2017.

Platea Street Photo Collective on work in Aarhus, Denmark, April 2016
Platea Street Photography Collective member, Jonas Rask, on work in Aarhus, Denmark, April 2016


So is Jonas Rask one of the most influential street photographer for 2017?

We can all agree that he is very influential, on many fronts.  And very talented. 🙂

So if you agree, then follow and cast your vote via the link below.

Platea, Street Photography

December and lack of daylight

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In Denmark we only have daylight for about 7 hours a day, in December. If you, like me, love to work creatively with sunlight and shadows, when doing street photography, December can be long. Especially if you have a daytime job.

Copenhagen, December 2016 Copenhagen, December 2016. Photo: Jan Jespersen.

But I always try to finde a couple of minutes in the afternoon, when the sunlight is warm and beautiful. But it can be hard, since most days are grey and overcast.

Copenhagen, December 2016 Copenhagen, December 2016. Photo: Jan Jespersen

Copenhagen, December 2016 Copenhagen, December 2016. Photo: Jan Jespersen

But then again. Maybe I just should work on how to be a better photographer when the sun and daylight is away… 🙂

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Platea in the Leica Shop in Copenhagen

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Three Platea members had a short visit, a cold afternoon the 23 November 2015, in the fantastic Leica Shop in Copenhagen. Unfortunately the discount was too low, even if we ordered 3 Leica M’s. So no orders today. But hopefully Leica Denmark will reconsider and give an offer we can’t refuse!

Peter and Brian overwhelmed by the wonderful Leica products. Photo: Jan Jespersen

Jan and Brian trying Leica camera's. Photo: Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen
Jan and Brian trying Leica camera’s. Photo: Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen

Peter relaxing with a coffee, after the visit to the Leica shop. Photo: Jan Jespersen

Brian showing Mats Alfredssons Chicago Streetwalk book to Jan. Photo: Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen
Platea, Street Photography

Brian meets Mats Alfredsson

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Brian Jakobsen had the pleasure to meet the Swedish street photographer Mats Alfredsson. Mats was in Copenhagen, and Brian was able to buy three signed copies of Mats’ new street photo book ‘Chicago Streetwalk‘. Brian made two Platea members very happy 🙂

Brian meets Mats Alfredsson in Copenhagen, 7 November 2015. Photo: Mats Alfredsson

You can see more of Mats’ work on his homepage or his Facebook page