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.

15
Mar
12

augusto rosa : asphalt stories


A selection of photos by Augusto Rosa



to belong

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to belong (2008)


wednesday

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wednesday (2009)


rehab

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rehab (2008)


everything passes....

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everything passes (2009)


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untitled (2009)


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untitled (2008)


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untitled (2008)



– Hello, Augusto. How would you describe this set of images?
– I do take pictures of everything but, I’m an “asphalt” addict and this set represents my urge to find perspective, form, geometry and philosophy through lines juxtaposed over black surfaces. This set surprised me somehow, because it is my second exhibition with the same subject, and all the images are “originals” with regard to the first one, which means I’m still trying to see the wonky lines, the fragile assertions and to seek the vanishing point of my asphalt travels. I still feel that there are thousands of miles to click still…


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– I’m always fascinated by the other meaning of the man made environment and objects. As a practicing architect for 28 years, when I grab my camera I always look for the “antagonistic”, the anti-pragmatism of the composition, the shape, the geometry. My eye is looking for the abstract and poetic side of the urban jungle, the meaning of the small detail, the forgotten corner the other “façade” of a façade.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I like everything, but I’m specially drawn to minimal and realistic abstractions and also building a sort of philosophical visual (philosophoto) journey with my work.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I’m a visual being. I like to paint and draw too, but in 2007 when I started playing with photography, I was hooked instantly, it is my favorite media this days. I do not plan a lot of my shots and the thrill of the instant idea, the click and later the editing gives me the adrenaline I don’t get with other visual experiments. My goal is to keep challenging myself; like I’m almost afraid that an image is going to lose its meaning if I do not go through the whole process as quickly as I can.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– I don’t. I think any location, anywhere is always a challenge and you can get the most of it if you are ready for it, but I have to say that NYC and Barcelona are my favorite city “models”.


– What is your favorite camera?
– I have a Nikon D7000, a Cannon RebelX and a small collection of Panasonic Lumixes. The Lumixes are great small cameras and I always have one with me – they sleep on my night table.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– My work is in a couple of issues of the Y sin Embargo magazine, and in the photo-books Hypo-X-series by Azurbumble (Alan Wilson) and Shadé by Brancolina. I published two books on Blurb: “Life Without Parole” and “A4 Architects“ and I have my photos as covers to several books: “Cronicas” (National Peace Awards of Colombia) by Marta Ruiz Editora and “Redalu”, a sociological study published by the Universitat de Barcelona. I also have some photos (architecture) published in “Portland Magazine” from Maine. All of my work is on Flickr

05
Mar
12

barry falk :: derelict urban spaces


A selection of photos by Barry Falk



multicoloured corner

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multicoloured corner (2010)



checkered corner

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checkered corner (2010)



cone

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red cone (2009)



mosque 2

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mosque (2010)



elegiac - exit

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elegiac – exit (2010)



sacred space 2

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sacred space 2 (2010)



– Hello, Barry. How would you describe this set of images?
– Out of the seven photos selected the first four are literally the backends of town, what I Iike to call the ‘incidental spaces’. They are places which are easilly walked by, driven past or avoided. I present them as compositional puzzles: texture and colour and shape, abstracted from their context, become intriguing photographic images. The last images are what I call ‘sacred’ or ‘elegiac’ spaces, where I am using the light much more to suggest a presence or evoke a sense of mystery and awe.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture?
What usually attracts your visual attention?

– My initial interest was very much in derelict and abandoned spaces. It was here, in these places awaiting demolition or radical renovation, that I believed the best trinkets were often to be found. However, I have gradually weaned myself off of this obsession and sought photographic trinkets in the everyday: loading bays, multi-story car parks, alleyways, office facades, underpasses, pissed in corners, etc. I am always looking for the fascinating in the mundane.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I am open to most anything from portraiture to landscape. However I am always looking for images which intrigue or unsettle me.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– For me photography has developed out of having struggled to keep up a studio-based art practice. When it became clear that I didn’t have the time to keep using a studio for painting and printing I adapted to making ‘art’ on the hoof. I am much happier now going out with a camera and discovering places. My intention is to keep improving’, I am constantly learning from other photographers. I am also keen to build up a consistent range of images which can be exhibited as print or on-line.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’, where would you like to take photos?
Gunkanjima Island and the Trans-Siberain train line from Moscow to Vladivostok.


– What is your favorite camera?
– My current Canon EOS 7D


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I am relatively new to photography and have had a few pieces exhibited in the following on-line magazines and blogs: Urban photo blog, Native publications, Smells like human absence and Photo fringe. I also exhibited in the Brighton Biennale 2010.

A selection of my ‘best’ are on fluidr.com


– Thank you very much, all the best with your photography

24
Feb
12

wilma eras a.k.a. w.eras :: urban scenes painted by shadows


A selection of photos by Wilma Eras a.k.a. w.eras



Light in the city 4

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Light in the city 4 (2011)



Lightscape 9

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Lightscape 9 (2011)



Corner 1

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Corner 1 (2010)



Concrete beauty 1

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Concrete beauty 1 (2011)



Urban reflections 5

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Urban reflections 5 (2011)



Squares

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Squares (2011)



Acrobat

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Acrobat (2011)



– Hello, Wilma. Welcome to the gallery. How would you describe this set of images?
– They are all about light. In the first four images I used light to reveal the beauty of concrete surfaces. The windows series shows another aspect of light: the power to connect the interior to the exterior world. As for the last one, I simply loved to see the acrobat.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What usually attracts your visual attention?
– Urban environments offer me the possibility to explore my own sense of space. In doing so, light always triggers me. A Flickr friend once called me a sunflower. I think he is right. I’m fascinated by the way light is able to change the geometry of a certain space, which looks different one minute to the next, offering new geometric shapes all over again.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I love to make ‘paperstracts’. When I look through my macro lens, a new world opens for me. It’s exciting to discover landscapes or human shapes in a piece of paper.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– My photography reflects the way I experience the urban environment around me. I do not have a very good sense of orientation. I tend to see details rather than the complete street map of a city, which can be tricky because time changes most details. Besides that, the more I investigate a certain place, the more I have the feeling to look at what is beyond it. That is also the reality that I want to share.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’, where would you like to take photos?
– I guess I could work everywhere, but it’s always nice to explore new spaces. For instance, I would really like to visit the MAXXI in Rome.


– What is you favourite camera?
– I mostly work with a Nikon D90. Recently I also got a nice compact Lumix camera.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– Besides Flickr, I have published some works in Y SIN EMBARGO magazine by Fernando Prats (click here to find links to all issues where I contributed) and in collective photo books Haphazart!2, Shadé and Shadé II. Selections of my photos are presented on Azurebumble’s weblog Aesthetic Investigations in posts Wilma Eras: paperstracts and Wilma Eras: photography. I have recently published the photo book Fragments in collaboration with mengwen29 (Françoise Lucas), to preview click here.


– Thanks, Wilma. Best wishes for your photography and congratulations on the photo book.