Archive for September, 2011

24
Sep
11

steffen merkle a.k.a. stemerk44 :: geometric abstracts based on facade details


A selection of photos by Steffen Merkle a.k.a. stemerk44



15 öffnungen

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15 öffnungen (2009)



14 quadrate :: 14 squares

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14 quadrate :: 14 squares (2010)


zwei schatten :: two shadows

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zwei schatten :: two shadows (2010)


...

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… (2011)


schräge jalousie :: slanting blind

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schräge jalousie :: slanting blind (2009)


frau am fenster :: woman at the window

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frau am fenster :: woman at the window (2009)


silo 23

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Silo 23 (2010)



– Hello, Steffen. How would you describe this set of images?
– This set is primarily about architecture – like most of my images. These images show the idea of isolating architectural details of facades from its context and the details becoming abstract or minimal graphics. And here especially about changing the relations between massive walls and transparent windows to relations simply between graphic lines and areas.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture?
– My professional background is architecture and urban design. So when I began taking pictures I was consequently drawn to architecture without thinking too much about it.

When you begin designing a project, you start most of the times with an idea – a simple scribble, a few lines put on the paper. With the time the idea gets more and more complex – and so do the drawings, the simplicity of the beginning is often lost on this way. With my images I’m trying to show simple geometries and graphics like the ones you have at the beginning of a project.


– What usually attracts your visual attention?
– It could be anything – but it’s mostly something to do with architecture, geometry or graphics. Without recognizing an object worth photographing in the first place, I’m often mentally creating a crop, a perspective, an image while walking on. When I finally realise what I have passed, it’s time to go back and take pictures deliberately.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– There are of lot of superb images in many styles beside architecture and urban photography – which is easy to detect when browsing through Flickr. My camera nearly entirely seems to be drawn to architecture. I like minimalism and graphic style very much, but I’m not sure if in my case I can separate these from architecture.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography?
– I want to show a new way of looking at things, not only architecture. To create something new out of something familiar. And of course getting better and learning something in this process.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– A ‘dream location’ would be Tokyo or another city with non-European cultural background. A more realistic to come true ‘dream location’ would be Seville or Valencia, with its cultural mixture of Europe, Africa and Arabia.


– What is your favorite camera?
– The one I’m using at the moment is a Canon PowerShot G12. Small enough to carry it everywhere and with all the functions I need.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– Some of my pictures were published in an issue of DOZE Magazine, for the rest I’m only exposing on Flickr.


)Thank you, Steffen.

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14
Sep
11

Wouter Hogendorp a.k.a. wouter and canon :: white spaces


A selection of photos by Wouter Hogendorp a.k.a. wouter and canon



A man who wasn't there

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A man who wasn’t there (2010)


Solitude

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Solitude (2010)


Viking ship II

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Viking ship (2009)


Vertical light

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Vertical light (2009)


A beautiful day

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A beautiful day (2010)


A hole in the wall

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A hole in the wall (2011)


Museum Insel Hombroich

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Museum Insel Hombroich (2010)



– Hello, Wouter. How would you describe this set of images?
– This set of images shows my love for the light, the ‘colour’ white and minimal forms. Most of the photos are taken in museums, which are wonderful places for this kind of photography.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture?
– I love an urban environment when it contains striking and inspiring buildings and objects. Architecture is inspiring because of its combination of functionality and beauty. Sometimes the architecture is (very close to) great art.


– What usually attracts your visual attention?
– Simple architectural details with subtle shapes. Most of the time it is the interior of a building with a minimalistic and white design where the light, shapes and ‘colours’ are often so subtle.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I also like to photograph musicians, because they are used to be photographed on stage.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography?
– I want to document the beauty of architectural details. By framing those details, they get a more artistic ‘meaning’, a meaning in itself. I want to share that beauty with other people. So mostly I just want to say with my photography:’Look, this is the beauty!’ and sometimes I whisper: ‘Look, this is me’.


– What is your goal as a photographer?
– To have an exhibition of my best works, one day in a far future.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos?
– I already found my dream location: Die Neue Pinakothek in Munich, it has the most beautiful interior I have ever seen.


– Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– Shanghai. I want to go there in the spring of 2012.


– What is your favorite camera?
– My favorite camera does not excist (yet). I want a light, small and affordable camera with all the manual functions and a zoomlens 28-300mm. No chromatic abboration, vignetting or distortion. I keep dreaming about it and in a meanwhile I enjoy working with my Canon EOS 7D and Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– Alan Wilson published some photos in his book Hypo – X – series. Pannaphotos made a gallery with my works. This year I will publish a book on Blurb with my favourite ‘white’ photos.


– Thank you, Wouter. I am looking forward to see your photo book, all the best with your photography.

04
Sep
11

tom mclaughlan a.k.a. daruma :: architectural details from City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia


A selection of photos from Tom McLaughlan a.k.a. daruma



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shadows play while men work


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staircase


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teeth


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c-alatrava


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concrete


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light boxes


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curves


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rainfall


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

They’re the product of my first visit to my architectural Mecca – Santiago Calatrava’s masterpiece, the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. They’re in the ministract style and mostly monochrome (unusual for me) with a play on lines (not so unusual for me). There’s also a vent thrown in for good measure. I love vents and the opportunities they provide, so you can imagine my pleasure when I discovered that Calatrava had made a feature of them.



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

I go for the detail and try to find an unusual perspective, guided by a Robert Mapplethorpe quote: “I’m looking for the unexpected. I’m looking for things I’ve never seen before”. Usually, what’s new to me, has been seen before by others, but once in a while I hope I find an original perspective. The urban environment provides so many superb opportunities to go hunting for the new.



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

I like lots of styles but there are two I prefer most: ministract – a mixture of minimal and abstract – and schmocus. My schmocus images sometimes have something in focus so I guess they’re not really, 100% schmocus (more shallow dof shots) but I’m fine with that. I would like to be able to photograph people better than I can and I’d also like to be better at shooting landscapes. The are so many times that I see beautiful landscapes but my pictures often fail to capture the emotion of the moment.



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

My goal is to enjoy myself and to learn. Being busy with photography is difficult because I have a hectic full time job, a family and plenty of other things. Quite often I find myself going several weeks without picking up the camera and I hate that! I also wish I lived in a sunnier part of the world – somewhere in Italy or Spain would be perfect – because then I could enjoy that superb light they have. I know that London is a wonderful city but unless you’re into monochrome pictures, it can be a bit frustrating sometimes… If I had to identify one thing above everything else that motivates me (or – better word – inspires me) then it would be my friends – the people I’ve discovered through photography who are now very, very dear to my heart. We meet, we talk, we laugh and we take photographs. Who can ask for more? I’m a lucky man.



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

Until this summer my dream location was the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. So now I need a new dream location and perhaps it would be Iceland. I would love to take some minimal landscape shots there. Yes, Iceland. That’s the place I’d like to go. It would be a wonderful experience. When it comes to cities then I think I would say Tokyo. I lived there for a few years in the 1990s and returned several times on holiday afterwards but only once since I fell in love with photography. That was two or three years ago so I’d love to return now and see if I could do better. If not Tokyo, then Hong Kong.


– What is your favorite camera?

The one I have – Carla, my Canon 5d Mark II. One day I’d like the chance to try others but I’ll always come home to Carla…



- Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?

I’ve published one book on Blurb that tries to bring together ministract with schmocus. DOZE Magazine (issue 4) published an article about my ministract style of photography, which was nice. Alan Wilson (Azurebumble) has published a few of my pictures on his blog, Aesthetic investigations, and in his book Hypo-X-series. And you very kindly included some of my pictures in your books, Shadé and Shadé #2. The Guardian reviewed a portfolio of mine and – strangest of all – an undergraduate included a study of my work in her major project on abstract photography.

Up until recently I only posted my pictures to Flickr but I’ve created a website now tommclaughlan.net so I also put some of them there and I’m using Google+, which I think is going to be big for photos. Once I had a picture in an exhibition, in Catanzaro, Italy, to support a cancer hospital. It was wonderful to see my picture printed and hanging on a wall.

– Thank you very much for letting me present a set of your previously unpublished photos and for doing an interview. All the best with your photographic work, Tom.