Ali Karagoz

A Software Developer living in Nantes, France. I sometimes take photos.

Photography is all about lighting, framing and timing.

One of those rare moments when she really accepts to be photographed.

View from my desk at Montparnasse.

The other night when I was waiting for Elodie in front of the cinema at Montparnasse.

Rainy day in Paris. On the road you will see the reflection of the buildings windows, this is not me manipulating the image but the result of taking the picture throughout a windows. Very strange!

The man on the first plan has an interesting expression.

While we were waiting for the Starbuck movie.

Baubourg, Paris, France.

Montparnasse, Paris, France.

Paris, France.

After seeing Severin Koller's beautiful photos I recently acquired a Leica to try real street photography, here are the first photos. The films have been developed and scanned by a lab here in Paris. I've to admit that I'm not really satisfied by the work done by those guys that's why I'm planning to buy a scanner and develop on my own. Also I think I've to get used to this camera and try to take better photos with it.

Took this picture while going at work (the morning). The sky had beautifully strange colors. Paris, France.

From my window, Paris, France.

Near "Les Invalides", Paris

I know it's been a long time... But here are some stills, they are posted in a very very random way so don't look for special meaning.

Montparnasse, Paris, France.

Back from a rainy weekend at the French sea side ! I was sitting in the metro next to this old woman while she was carefully listening a man, apparently a friend. She didn't hear me taking her portrait, with the camera on my knees. I often use this technic because I like the angle it gives and it's more discreet, I'm not disturbing anyone since they don't know I'm shooting them. You can see other example here, here or here. Paris, France.

These are random pictures I took today while I was wandering in Paris.

I think I had never seen such a gang of pigeons in Paris. Barbès, Paris.

I was in the metro waiting for Elodie. I thought taking a picture of this man would do a good image. I took this one just after people got it the train so I could peacefully do my job. I think I should switch to a wider lens, thing that I would do if I find a cheap used Canon 35mm, any idea where I can find one? Metro Télégraphe, Paris.

He moved the head and looked at me just when I pressed the shutter. Metro Télégraphe, Paris

The man was watching a film at the Hors Piste 2010 event at Pompidou's Center. He stood there patiently until the end of the movie.

You may have noticed some changes on the website, in fact I've completely reworked it. Switching from Pixelpost. I'm now able to post several photos at once, which was impossible with pixelpost. If you notice bugs or if you don't like some aspects, please contact me, thanks ;) Concerning these pictures, they have been taken lately, with no particular awesomeness.

Paris, France

Paris, France

I was waiting for my train at Montparnasse's train station, he was waiting too and apparently he was angry, he was speaking to himself. Took two pictures of him, but only one was correctly focused. In fact I was a bit afraid and it was very cold. By the way I recently learned that it was forbidden to photograph someone in a train station, don't know if it's the case in every country.

Nice eye contact with the mad man in the background. Paris, France

A rainy day in Paris. For that picture I wanted to focus on the men's reflection in the water that's why they are a bit blur. Ho, and by the way, that day I forgot the change the settings of the camera, this is the reason why I'm at ISO3200 :)

Paris, France

A "metro, boulot, photo" shot which literally means "metro, work, photo". It is the derivative of the famous French rhyme "Metro, Boulot, Dodo" which means "Metro, Work, Sleep", symbolizing routine of Parisian life. You may notice some reflexions because I was behind a glass. It was difficult to focus on the subject in this condition, and it was for me a way to test the 5d's autofocus. If you're enough curious you may see the shape of my arm in the glass. By the way that man was concentrated in writing a text message. Le Stade station, Colombes, France

I was walking out of the Saint Lazare's train station after work and here was a pretty sunset, I wanted to capture it. At this moment that guy asked me for a photo. I took several frames of him and his sleepy dog, showed him the photos I took, he was happy I think. He also wanted to showed me a photo of him several years ago, a young and happy man. He was a bit drunk and he couldn't talk intelligibly, I had no money on me that day, not even a coin to give him. The day after he was gone Saint Lazare train station, Paris, France

I tried to take an original picture of it Paris, France

Just converted it in B&W with small level adjustments La Defense, Paris, France

The half woman here in Paris. Paris, France.

Saint Paul, Paris, France

I felt the need to document my temporary flat where I lived during one month this summer. Very small place but incredible view on the Eiffel Tower. Near Porte Maillot, Paris, France

A man speaking in his sleep. Boulogne-Bilancourt, Paris, France.

I'm fascinated how the Nikon 50mm f/1,4 AF-S is sharp at full aperture, nothing very special with this one though. Metro 14, Paris, France.

Elodie on the bridge near the BNF this afternoon. Paris, France

Paris, France.

Notice the man's camera style of photography. I was ashamed to have my camera with me this day and found him very disrespectful regarding the people his was shooting. I'm asking myself the question if I'm doing the same thing inadvertently... Most of the time I try to be very discreet. Metro, Paris, France

Orly Airport, Paris

Portrait of my friend Laurent taken in Paris a year back, I feel over this picture and can't resist to post it. A very photogenic (isn't he ?) and nice man.

I tried to have the three men on the picture, they were waiting on the line to be the firsts in the train. It's funny to see how people try to avoid you and your look in the metro, it's easy then to take a picture. One day I took a photo of an homeless, he saw me and I felt uncomfortable because he seemed to be pissed off. Metro, Paris, France.

Corbeil-Essonnes, France.

Portrait of my friend Fabrice. La Défense, Paris, France.

BNF, Paris, France.

Under the Eiffel tour, Paris, France.

Taken by my friend Michou with my cam. Metro, Paris, France.

Paris, France.

St Pierre-des-Corps near Tours, France.

La Defense, Paris, France.

Bnf, Paris, France.

Tourists lost a lot of money with those guys, the picture was taken last November near Montmartre (Paris). Paris, France.

CNIT, La Defense, Paris.

La Defense, Paris, France.

Paris, France.

In the Metro, my favorite place to shoot in Paris. Paris, France.

I had never seen such a manhole cover before this day (I'm not sure of the translation, correct me if I'm wrong) Le Marais, Paris, France.

Metro, Paris, France.

He looked at me a long time during the trip. I took the picture and he no longer looked at me. In the bus in direction to "La Defense", Paris, France.

The EDF tower in La Défense. Image composed on two picture because I've had no wider lense. La Defense, Paris, France.

This man was writing an article for a newspaper. I immediately think at the tv show "Sex in the city" Paris, France.

The BNF (Bibliothèque Nationale de France) or differently named "Bibliothèque Francois Mitterrand". This group of buildings have one of the most beautiful architecture I've ever seen. A must see place in Paris. BNF, Paris, France.

In the metro some time ago. Metro, Paris, France.

An old couple in Paris, witness of the the "Crazy Years". Le Marais, Paris.

Black and white version of one of the favorite pics I took. Corbeil-Essonnes, France

La Défense, Paris, France.

Bibliothèque National de France, Paris, France.

Do you ask people before taking their picture? Metro, Paris, France.

Metro, Paris, France.

BNF, Paris, France.

My photography mate Saygin.

Elodie et moi étions dans le métro en direction de la BNF Metro, Paris, France.

Trying to understand what happened. Corbeil-Essonnes, France.

An abandoned wall in an abandoned place. A few days before the end of the exams and the come back to a descent life. Corbeil-Essonnes, France.

Hi, everyone it's been a long since I've posted a picture, I've not a lot of time and I want to concentrate on my studies a little. I'll come back with new pictures. cheers ;) Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris.

Shutter speed rules. Corbeil-Essonnes, France.

Baubourg, Paris, France.

A woman reading Ionesco in the metro, I don't know if it is a real escape but I like the idea. You can see through the window the wounds on our world, a violent world. In the RER, Corbeil-Essonne, France.

Metro, Paris, France.

Paris, France.

My cousin Saygin. Paris, France.

Paris, France.

Fat Tire Bike Tours. Paris, France.

It was in the metro, I sat in front of these people and tried to catch something, a picture, a mood, a feeling. I tried to imagine what she was thinking at. Her daughter was very careful because her mother was sleeping sometime and she had to look outside not to miss the station. Paris, France.

Corbeil-Essonnes, France.

An other time a shot from my trip to Paris with Sayginou. We were at Pompidou and this place was full of life, actually it has always been full of life. Concerning the image, the little girl did something very funny but her mother considered it to be very bad...(she was making faces behind the window and behind a man who was reading a book on the other side of the window). Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.

Metro, Paris, France.

Saygin trying to shelter because it was raining cats and dogs. Trocadero, Paris, France.

Saygin and the giant thing (if someone can tell the name). La Défense, Paris, France.

Don't you feel lonely when you look at her? I do. Montmartre, Paris, France. 07h45

Corbeil-Essonnes, France.