A Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

Queen Mary 2 and Liberty
As I am working hard to bring the Print Shop section of VMP online, I have been browsing through thousands of pictures and occasionally find little gems that never seemed to have made it to the blog. This is one of them. I really like its absolute lack of scale or reference point. It was taken in Brooklyn, while the QM2 was docked in our Red Hook terminal. VIP passengers: "Oh, ah!" Officer: [yawn]. The bow of Queen Mary 2 with a Statue of Liberty backdrop
Far Above New York City
February 23, 2014
After a nightmarish summer working bizarre shifts in a futile attempt at managing mad crowds and the absolute stillness of union employees, I left the Empire State Building Observatory almost four years ago with the firm intention of never going back. Yet when my current workplace shifted from the Financial District and its blood-thirsty bankers to the bloody tourists of Mid-Town - in other words from ticks to fleas - I eventually decided that, against all odds, I would...
White Out
February 15, 2014
Stillness through motion. The world outside the train is white. Light snow has been falling since we hopped off Manhattan. Hours stretch into one another. Short stops in small towns break the rhythm of blurred fields, skinny trees, icy water and dull skies. Penn Station was true to itself, a zoo, wild characters and wandering travelers. People hunched on cell phones and chewed donuts. Now wi-fi is spotty at best and they are eating on-board hot-dogs that cost more th...
New skin for Vincent Mounier Photography!
February 13, 2014
Leading the way towards a new white minimalist skin, the main photo website is now live in its new livery. The new back-end  there is going to allow me to update these galleries much more regularly to reflect the best of this blog's content. Soon, the second stage of the release will involve the long-awaited Print shop where select photos will be available for purchase as fine art prints. Then finally, the blog will be adjusted to a pale skin to match the first two. ...
Changes
February 4, 2014
Ironically, after almost six years in New York City, I have only worked in two of the most iconic areas of the Five Boroughs. Until recently, I commuted daily to the Financial District in Lower Manhattan, right next to the NYSE and a half-a-block away from Wall Street. Our office's bathroom had an unbeatable view of the Statue of Liberty. I had nothing to do with banking or finance, but the guilty ones were all around. Then a week or so ago, having outgrown our space, w...
Cape Point Blank - Part 2
January 26, 2014
[This is part 2 of 2] They did come back in an African summer that was their winter. While New York shrank and shivered in a cold early December, they flew south again and landed smack in the middle of beauty. That second of many visits to Cape Point was a warmer outing and blue skies competed with turquoise seas. The wind, however, kept hauling. They drove along misty cliffs towards the park. Olifantboos having become a ritual destination, they tracked and backtrac...
Cape Point Blank - Part 1
January 18, 2014
Strong of a picnic, four cameras, a SANParks family pass, some time to kill and much freedom to spend, they left the plush Constantia neighborhood under hesitant weather, steering away from Cape Town and towards the Cape of Good Hope. It was wintertime in South Africa and a rainy May had vetoed shorts and t-shirts in favor of jackets and layers. The valiant Landcruiser purred as it stretched its legs and leaped in search of infinite openness. It would not reach a dir...
Silvermine, Table Mountain National Park
January 11, 2014
We've been there many times, and if you have been reading this blog for a while, so have you. You will find more images of it in Silvermine on my Mind, A Hike over Muizenberg, South African Flowers and Views of the Cape Peninsula... Silvermine is a section of Table Mountain that is just south of the actual table, separated from it by the Constantiaberg. The area is split in two by Ou Kaapse Weg, a winding road that provides an essential link between the Cape Flats and t...
VMP Print Shop Preview and Underwater Shots
January 4, 2014
In an ironic contradiction, the first gallery to be ported to the upcoming VMP Print Shop section of my website is one that most likely will not be available for prints. My underwater images were taken many years ago when I lived in Little Cayman, with a two megapixel Powershot A20 Canon point-and-shoot. This was circa 2002-2005. I can barely believe this was a first digital camera after having forgotten my entire Minolta X700 kit and multiple lenses in a Spanish hotel ...
A Drive Up Chapman's Peak
A picturesque, cliff-side road leading south from Hout Bay to Noordhoek and then either Fish Hoek or Kommetjie, Chapman's Peak Drive (Chappies for the locals)  is aerial and exposed. To circumvent Chapman's Peak, an extension of the Constantiaberg, the drive was carved right into the mountainside, high above the shiny waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Frequent rock falls have yielded the need for advanced protective engineering and entire sections of the slope above the road h...
Chameleons revisited
December 26, 2013
I guess we all have habits, rituals that create a protective comfort bubble within which to feel safe. Here is one of mine: As soon as practical after arriving in Cape Town, I pay my chameleons a visit with my cameras. They live in four specific trees in a Constantia green belt and have been there as long as I have visited, almost seven years now. I have rarely seen them anywhere else, but on that spot, regular as clockwork, I normally find five to twelve of them within...