23
Jun
13

avard woolaver :: from the series ‘Lee Friedlander Inspired’


A selection of photos by Avard Woolaver



everywhere signs

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everywhere signs



Quebec City, QC

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Quebec city, QC



Newport, NS

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Newport, NS



Hantsport, NS

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Hantsport, NS



Halifax, NS

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Halifax, NS



window view

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window view



– Hello Avard, how would you describe this set of images?

This set of images is titled “Lee Friedlander Inspired.” This is my take on some of his ideas and motifs–reflections, shadows, signs, cars, self-portraits. To me, his work conveys randomness, detachment, irony, and, most of all, a great sense of visual humour. He took elements usually regarded as obstacles and made them inherent and important parts of his images. So, in short, these images are my spin on Friedlander.
 
 
– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What usually attracts your visual attention?

When I want to take a photo, it’s most often because of the light. I love to see the ways light reflects off walls or highlights various details of buildings and landscapes. I’m also interested in visual juxtapositions and the ways people interact with an urban environment.
 
 
– Do you have a dream location where you would like to take photos?

Japan. I lived there for six years a couple of decades ago, and I would love to go back to do some street photography. Japan is the most photo-friendly place I know; people there take pictures all the time, and they generally don’t mind at all if someone is walking around with a camera. It’s a completely different mindset about photography from that in many parts of the world.
 
 
– What is your favourite camera?

It’s a Rollei 35S. It’s great for street photography; I carried one for years and I’m very nostalgic about them. I don’t shoot film anymore, though. These days I like my Canon Rebel T3 and Canon 60D.
 
 
– Have you published a book, and where do you expose your work on the internet?

I post my photos on Ipernity, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter. I have not published a book; my work has appeared online in Excerpt Magazine, Aubade Magazine, Urban Photo Mag, Refractions Magazine, Andrew Sullivan’s blog The Dish, and Modismo. In print I’ve been featured in Camera Canada and various other North American publications.
 
 
– Thanks for the interview, I wish you all the best with your work.

15
Apr
12

akihiro ueda a.k.a. akhr1961:: nocturnal city-scapes


A selection of photos by Akihiro Ueda a.k.a. akhr1961



signal

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signal (2012)


lotus

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lotus (2011)


each of light, each of life

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each of light, each of life (2012)


get home

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get home (2010)


slit

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slit (2010)


1

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1 (2012)


illumination

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illumination (2010)



– How would you describe this set of images?
– This selection of photos is the scenery of ordinary night. Landscape by devising a perspective will produce extraordinary visual effects.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What usually attracts your visual attention?
– I’m an architect. Day-to-day I observe architecture and urban environments as a landscape rather than a stand-alone architecture. I’m interested in visual spaces that are generated by textures of various materials, light and shadow, and reflections.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I like to capture common scenes of daily life (street life in particular).


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I like to take pictures of daily life by changing the point of view. I am very happy there is a new discovery and inspirations.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’, where would you like to take photos?
– I usually take pictures on the way to work. Never take the time to take a photo. There may be a dream location if there is no time constraint.


– What is you favourite camera?
– I like to carry a compact camera, lightly everyday and anywhere. I have Ricoh R10.


– Have you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I expose on flickr. Recently, on Facebook I’m uploading easily daily photos taken with iPhone.
Thank you.

05
Apr
12

ximo michavila :: abstracted architectural visions


A selection of photos by Ximo Michavila



Architecture 9

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Architecture #9 (2007)
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporaneo. Alvaro Siza


Architecture 1

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Architecture #1 (2011)
Art center. College of design. Daly Genik architects. Pasadena


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Architecture #13 (2007)
Art center. College of design. Daly Genik architects. Pasadena


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Architecture #45 (2012)
Art center. College of design. Daly Genik architects. Pasadena


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Architecture #47 (2012)
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporaneo. Alvaro Siza


Architecture #43

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Architecture #43 (2012)
Lowell health house. Richard Neutra. Los Angeles


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Architecture #11 (2007)
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporaneo. Alvaro Siza



– Hello, Ximo. How would you describe this set of images?
– Architects and planners are the true creators of all that surrounds us in an urban environment. I took advantage of them, of their works, seeking abstraction, trying to extract small parts of it to create another work, this time in two dimensions. Almost unconsciously the shape turns into the main figure over all looking for a geometric world where the concept of architectural work disappears. I often wonder if in architecture photography it’s not about taking pictures with the camera but cutting up a building with a pair of scissors.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture?
What attracts your visual attention?
– I don’t know if architects are aware of all the views that a building can provide in different light conditions. That is my function when I’m in front of a building, finding edges, corners, shadows, reflections and using them to create a particular vision out of context. The geometry of lines and surfaces are for me the main reason to shoot.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I like the abstraction of flowers, their colors and shapes. Landscape is also a theme that appeals to me. I like it very simple and clean; form dominating over matter. Macro photography is a technique that I like but applied to the combination of elements symbolizing a conceptual idea. It’s fun to go for a walk or visit any place to search for objects, movements, corners, etc. that are plastically interesting.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– Photography is my hobby. I shoot for fun without any kind of professional or documentary condition. I love to find the frame that I like or something that catches my attention. My goal when shooting or when I do the post-production process is that people see my pictures; just as I like to see works by other photographers, analyzing their techniques and enjoying the beauty. The Red Square Gallery is an example of a great opportunity to show my photos and try to make people enjoy them.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– Any place where you can find works of modern architecture would be a good place to spend several hours shooting. The fun would be directly proportional to the size and complexity of the work. An example of a city where I would do several photo shoots is Brasilia, where you can find amazing masterpieces of architecture with great photographic beauty.


– What is your favorite camera?
– I have a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, but I´m always looking at technological news, so my opinion may change in future.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I expose on Flickr usually, and some of my photos were selected in Archidose and Archdaily blogs:
archidose.blogspot.com.es/2011/05/
archidose.blogspot.com.es/2012/02/
archdaily.com/207251/ad-round-up-best-from-flickr/
www.archdaily.com/222065/ad-round-up-best-from-flickr/
Exhibitions:
“The modern housing in Valencia region” 2007 in Architects’ association of Valencia
“The modern housing in Spain” 2009 in DOCOMOMO
Books:
“Juan Jose Estellés Ceba. Architect”. Maite Palomares & Carlos Meri. 2007. Architects’ association of Valencia.
Magazines:
On diseño 2008, “America’s Cup special”
En blanco, 2011, Cultural buildings special “Maxxi museum in Rome by Zaha Hadid”
Collaborator:
Democracia, Art work team.


– Thanks for letting me present a selection of your photos in the gallery and for the interview. Best wishes for your photographic work.

25
Mar
12

alan wilson a.k.a. azurebumble :: dalhousie building series


A selection of photos by Alan Wilson a.k.a. AZUREBUMBLE featuring Dalhousie building from Dundee University (Scotland)



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Dalhousie Building 8 (2012)



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Dalhousie Building 7 (2012)



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Dalhousie Building 6 (2012)



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Dalhousie Building 5 (2012)



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Dalhousie Building 3 (2012)



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Dalhousie Building 2 (2012)



– Hello, Alan. How would you describe this set of images?
– These images are monumental and minimal, concerning form, light and colour…


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What usually attracts your visual attention?
– It can be anything really…a shape, a shadow, a form, a rhythm, a pattern, a sign, a fragment, a reflection, a juxstaposition…they’re all important and alluring in their own way.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– Lately I’ve been looking at a lot of black and white ‘street photography’ and I’m particularly drawn to the work of Lee Friedlander… I like the ambiguity, how the ‘real’ and ‘reflected’ worlds overlap and fragment, where vision/perception is questioned or becomes momentarily confused.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I’m an incredibly lazy photographer! However in my defence, I do view a large amount of photographic works on the internet each day. Therefore I would tentatively suggest that a lot can be learnt via the process of ‘osmosis’… where by routinely consuming visual material one can gradually refine ones aesthetic sensibliity (although perhaps not technical ability!)


– Do you have a ‘dream location’, where would you like to take photos?
– New York or Tokyo


– What is you favourite camera?
– The human mind / memory …


– Have you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I have published some works in Y SIN EMBARGO magazine by fernandoprats and in your very own Shadé books. Series of my work and others can be found on my blog Aesthetic Investigations and Tumblr. I previously published the photo book Hypo-X-Series – A Digital Curation in collaboration with Flickr Photographers. I’m currently finishing off a book of curated series from my Aesthetic investigations blog. I also have a book of graphic works called Fragmental.


– Thank you for giving me an opportunity to present a selection of your previously unpublished works and for the interview. I wish you all the best with your work.