Archive for May, 2011

13
May
11

mengwen29 :: looking for the object


A selection of photos from the series Looking for the object by mengwen29


Modern life

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Modern life


Blinds

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Blinds


Representation

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Representation


Play

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Play


Flight

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Flight


Squared

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Squared


– Hello, Françoise. How would you describe this set of images?
– I took the photographs in a newly constructed neighbourhood near my place. What struck me there is that it looked almost always empty. You don’t see people walking, sitting on benches, on stairs, or attending business as you could expect in an area where people live. You see walls, windows, pathways. When you peek through windows however, you can see furniture as a sign that the apartments are occupied. There are visible traces of people in the area although you do not see them. For me this neighbourhood became like a set for a play. It became a theater without the actors that were supposed to perform in it.

– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– I like details, I like light and dark. It’s easier for me to create an atmosphere while focusing on light and details than to take picture of an entire building. But that is something I want to learn.

– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I love creating minimal and abstract compositions and I also love taking photos of landscapes.

– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I am a visual person, and I was trained as a literary theorist. When I work on the photographs I have taken, I always tend to put some kind of story behind them or to work a set of photographs around a concept. That is my way of making sense of photography and representing the world around me.

– 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 like to take photographs in defined locations, and to create spaces of these locations. With creating spaces I mean representing within the frame of the photograph the way I see it, and read the location. I love to walk around in a new place. I could do this anywhere, I guess.

– What is your favorite camera?
– At the moment I use a Nikon D 90. I like it.

– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– On internet I publish mostly on Flickr. I also have published two books on Blurb Couleurs de Marrakech and Rencontres à Marrakech. My works were also published in Y Sin Embargo magazine issue 24, 25, 26 and 27 by Fernando Prats, on Azurebumble’s blog Aesthetic investigations and in photo books Shadé and Shadé#2 by Brancolina.

– Thank you very much, Françoise and all the best with your potographic work.

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03
May
11

rita vita finzi :: catching the rhythm with a camera


Selection of photos from Rita Vita Finzi


am spree

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Am Spree


little wings

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Little wings


The lamp

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The lamp


a walk on the roof

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A walk on the roof


A man

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A man


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– Hello, Rita. How would you describe this set of images?
– I am smiling looking at your selection, because the most of the pics you have chosen have been taken in Berlin, that is not only a city I love so much, but also one of my favorite location – so, thank you. Only Lamps is ‘Italian’, due to the courtesy of a friend of mine, who was driving and kindly stopped the car hearing me crying ‘stop-stop-stop, please!’ (!!!):). I think composition, contrasts, monochrome graphic effect is what keep them together.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and Architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– “Architecture is music in space” – well, I think this F.W.J.von Schelling’s quote can represent what I feel for architecture and the reason why I love it. Therefore, I am trying to “catch” this music – details, play of lines and surfaces, reflections, rhythm, repetitions, this is what attracts my visual attention. And, above all: the light!


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I love many subjects, but nature is one of my favorite, in particular flowers and leaves: play of colours and shapes, tiny details and even that kind of exquisite “design” (yes, you can find a sort of very different “architecture” there). More than this: sea.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I consider my camera a kind of “brush” that allows me to “paint” what I see all around me, and sometimes what I feel. This gives me a lot, and motivate me. My goals? To improve, of course – not just in a technical way (even if I should have still so much to learn), but more in terms of creativity and inspiration.


– 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 wouldn’t talk about a city, but about architects: Calatrava and Gehry, wherever they are!


– What is your favorite camera?
– I have started by chance with a Canon and I find it excellent. At the moment I’m working with a Canon 40D, but I’m dreaming about the EOS 5D Mark II.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– Yes, I do. I have published a few books on Blurb: Natural/mente (June 2008), La Memoria del Segno (September 2008) in collaboration with Susanna Bassani, Alberta Dionisi, Claudio Mori and Stefano Sivieri, Abstractions ( November 2008), And that is poetry (January 2010), Berlin (January 2010) and the latest one Peonies Pavillon, that is published in April 2011. On the internet you can find my photographs on Flickr and RedBubble. I also have a channel on YouTube, where I have uploaded 3 video-slideshows with my works.

-Thank you, Rita. I wish you all the best with your photographic work.

note from 20 July 2011: Rita’s website is ritavitafinzi.com