Archive for August, 2011

24
Aug
11

ben patio :: corners


A selection of photos from Ben Patio



Nice Niche

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Nice Niche (2009)


Deer Shelter

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Deer Shelter (2010)


Stairwell

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Stairwell (2010)


Surplus

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Surplus (2011)


Castle

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Castle (2011)


Seaward

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Seaward (2011)



– Hello, Ben. How would you describe this set of images?

You’ve picked out a few of my personal favourites in your selection: Deer Shelter, Castle, and Surplus are all photos that I’m pretty pleased with. Minimal but not too abstract, nice textures, beautiful light, strong lines and pleasing geometrical shapes.


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

I’m an architect and photography is very much a hobby. As an architect I’m interested in form, space, light, materials, textures, character. I think I use photography as a tool to help me refine these interests, maybe even as inspiration. I’m not too interested in photographing shiny new buildings, it doesn’t do much for me. I look for accidental architecture, hidden or forgotten spaces, elements that are very ordinary but take on a different resonance when placed in a photograph. I like boring, mundane or everyday subject matter because I think it forces me and the viewer to focus on lighting, composition, mood. Also odd or slightly surreal juxtapositions, combinations of textures or forms, or combinations of three-dimensional geometry / perspective that make pleasing two-dimensional images. In a wider sense I’m interested in the environment we create, how it interacts with nature, and also in exploring what beauty and ugliness mean. And I like finding moments of calm in the city, a lot of my photos are careful studies or crops that block out the ‘noise’.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?

I moved out to the countryside with my family a few years ago and was a bit disorientated photography-wise – I couldn’t find a way of creating images I liked. But it just required changing the way I looked at the landscape, and now I find plenty of inspiration when I go for walks, and in fact in some ways it has influenced my urban photography, which has perhaps got simpler, calmer.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?

It’s a way of relaxing, I suppose. A creative release from the pressurised world of my job. I deliberately don’t have any goals for my photography, and I try not to think too hard about it all. My ambitions are focussed on my day job. It’s great to get appreciation, though, via Flickr, and I’m always interested when a photograph I think is really good doesn’t get much feedback on Flickr, or the reverse.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?

Not really. With my time pretty much completely taken up by job and family, I don’t get that much time for photography. Most of my shots are taken on the way to and from meetings, or out and about with my kids. I don’t really ever plan any photoshoots – I enjoy the serendipity, I like stumbling across stuff. I enjoy visiting new places and especially cities, but I just take photos wherever I happen to be.


– What is your favorite camera?

At the moment I only use a little Canon Ixus. I carry it everywhere, absolutely everywhere. If I didn’t have such a portable camera, I wouldn’t take any photos, so it’s fairly important to me. Sometimes I yearn to get back to using more sophisticated cameras, but I know it wouldn’t work just now. In the future I’d like to do some film again, maybe check out Medium Format.


– Did your photos get published in any photo/art-books or magazines and where do you expose your works on internet (website, blog …)?

No, just my Flickr site. People encourage me to try to get published, exhibit, and it’s nice to be asked, but it’s not something I actively promote. That may change, though, who knows.


– Thank you for letting me present a selection of your works in the gallery and for answering questions of the interview. I wish you a nice future with your photography.

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14
Aug
11

Jurek Durczak a.k.a. jurek d. :: urban details


Selection of photos from jurek d.


White bridge

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White bridge (2009)


Lamp and light

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Lamp and light (2008)


No right turn

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No right turn (2008)


Descending

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Descending (2010)


Skinny tree

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Skinny tree (2010)


Shady corner

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Shady corner (2009)


Wire

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Wire (2009)



– Hello, Jurek. How would you describe this set of images?
– I like your choice. Porto, Albuquerque, Menton … photographers’ paradise. You walk around and you see so many photo opportunities. That’s basically how I see urban landscapes: geometry, shapes, details … they are all very important elements for me.

– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– I love urban environments because there’s so much to see there, so much is happening. Colours, lines, shadows, angles are constantly changing depending on the time of day and the weather. I like details rather than larger views. Those who have a chance to see my work usually cannot tell where the photos were taken. Very often I do not remember myself. Nor do I care – I am not into documentation.

– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I find some landscapes compelling, and abstract photography is certainly one of my interests – colours, patterns, details. Actually, I’m very eclectic, although I rarely take photographs of people since I am always afraid they will not like my doing so. Consequently, I have very few photos of actual people in my portfolio: body parts – yes; but whole figures – not really. The fewer the people in my photos the better (a tendency which a psychoanalyst might perhaps find interesting). At the same time I admire those who are good at photographing people.

– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– This is a question I often ask myself. Why am I doing it? It gives me pleasure and some kind of artistic satisfaction – that’s obvious. But what else is behind it? When I was a kid I often imagined myself as a painter. I admired painters – not just paintings, but the painters themselves, the people who had those incredible, magic skills. But I couldn’t even draw a straight line or a nicely formed circle. Much to my regret I realized I would never be a painter. Then, once upon a time, I discovered photography. It was not the same as painting, but it was close to it. Then, years later I became even more interested in digital photography – that was even closer to being a painter. I still do not feel like a painter and still would like to be one, but photography gives me a sense of artistic accomplishment.

My goal as a photographer? I have no special goals. Like any other photographer, I want to be better and better, and I want my work to be seen. Above all, I want to be able to say to myself: “This year my photos are much better than they were last year.”

– 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 places where there are very few people in the streets . . . empty, deserted. I remember those from my visits to the States, to Canada, and to central and eastern Portugal. But I also enjoy photographing big cities – New York, San Francisco, Berlin – but only early in the morning before crowds hit the streets. The cities I would like to photograph? The little towns in southern Italy, maybe Bilbao (I am going there very soon), Florence, many others. How can I know? As for landscapes: Norway, Newfoundland and the American West are unbeatable, but then I haven’t been to Iceland or Patagonia …

– What is your favorite camera?
– I am using three at the moment: a Nikon D80 with four different lenses, sometimes a Canon PowerShot G12 and, recently, my iPhone camera. I will probably upgrade my D80 next year for a more advanced Nikon model. I’d like to have a Leica M9, primarily for nostalgic reasons – my first “serious” camera was an old Leica.

– Did your photos get published in any photo/art-books or magazines and where do you expose your works on internet (website, blog …)?
– I have had three exhibitions (Colorado Springs, Lublin and Warsaw), five book covers and a CD cover for a London rock group Treason. Several of my photos have made the cover of a magazine published at the university where I teach American literature and culture and several have been used as illustrations in different books. My work has also been featured in Y Sin Embargo magazine and in collective photo books Hypo-x-series, Shadé and Shadé II. I have no time for my own site or blog, but for the past five years I have been posting my work on Flickr at a regular pace of two photos a day.

– Thank you, Jurek and best wishes for your photographic work.

04
Aug
11

zel nuñes :: scenarios formed by curves and lines


A selection of photos from zelnunes



lnly lght

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lnly lght (2011)



mn

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mn (2010)



nsy lns nd crvs

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nsy lns nd crvs (2008)



crvs

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crvs (2007)



crvs 3

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crvs 3 (2007)




crvs

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crvs (2008)



– Hello, Zel. How would you describe this set of images?
– I think this selection resumes my obsession for geometry and the impact it has when you frame it separately from the context it belongs, curves and lines forming different and alternative scenarios even if you’re working with the very same set.

– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– I like to illustrate graphically how the world is made of dots, sometimes isolated, sometimes together, forming geometric elements. Today it has become a trend, especially in architectural photography, to overrate the “whole” as opposed to separate components. My job is, quite often, to dissect these architectural elements and bring them in sight of the viewer, exposing that which is most simple yet fundamental: lines and curves. And in this game of architecture and photography, the urban environment becomes a actual amusement park. Instinctively my visual attention turns to that which is not that evident to the public in general. For me it’s pleasurable to use the graphics, and sometimes minimalism to reveal what is not seen at first sight.

– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I try to explore various styles, even by the mere fact of exercising my eye and trying new approaches to my favorite subjects. But I always end up unwittingly back to my minimalist or graphic compositions.

– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I always expressed myself through visual arts, albeit in a very individual and shy manner. I’ve gone through phases of drawing, painting and have always valued the composition as a center of artistic aesthetic, ie, the composition in the foreground. Currently, photography is my tool for composing visually. I usually justify my style with the phrase: I do photographism and not photography.

– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– Depends on the day, but in general you can compose anywhere. Of course there are certain cities that I wish to know for their architecture and urban design such as Milan and Valencia.

– What is your favorite camera?
– Nikon D700. that is the only one I’ve got.

– Did your photos get published in any photo/art-books or magazines and where do you expose your works on internet (website, blog …)?
– I am proudly and honouredly thankful for several virtual exhibitions in many blogs and photography sites, specially when the image is taken as reference for a different approach to photography. The most recent exhibiton is in HydePark Photography magazine. I have also contributed with collective projects such as Azurebumble (Alan Wilson)’s HYPO-X-series and your Shadé II photo book, Steve on the run project, the exhibition catalog “A look beyond” and with the portfollio section for the Revista Continente (August edition).

– Thank you for the interview and permission to present your works in this gallery, I wish you all the best with your photography.