Detailed Portraits of Mexico City Shot With a CPL Filter

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Esteemed photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson once said that, “in photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.” Fabien Voileau is an expert at capturing details, and his latest work shot in Mexico City is no exception.

Words and Photography by Fabien Voileau

French photographer Fabien Voileau recently spent a few days in Mexico City, exploring its neighbourhoods and revelling in the details that make up such a vibrant, multifaceted city.

He took a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL filter with him to shoot the photos in his signature underexposed style. In the same way that he shot his photo series of downtown Los Angeles, Fabien used a CPL filter in Mexico City to darken the scene slightly and reduce glare from car windows and other reflective surfaces seen in urban settings. As a result, distractions are removed from the frame and subtle details are brought to the foreground.

“The light, the details, the people, everything in Mexico City was really inspiring, so I hope this series is a tiny reflection of these moments,” Fabien said of this latest series.

Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+. Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+.
Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+. Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+.
Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+. Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+.
Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+. Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+.

“The light, the details, the people, everything in Mexico City was really inspiring.”

Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+. Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+.
Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+.
Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+.
Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+.
Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+. Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+.
Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+. Shot with a Leica Q2 and a Urth CPL Polarizing Lens Filter Plus+.

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Fabien Voileau

Fabien Voileau is a French photographer whose work depicts a love for the great outdoors and a passion for intimate portraits. Raised near French coastal town Nantes, Fabien has kept a deep connection to the ocean that leads him to work frequently in Australia, California and French Basque Country. Fabien is a member of Patagonia's Change Maker community and his work has been exhibited in Paris and Tokyo.

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