Archive for November, 2011

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Nov
11

claudio alba a.k.a. simply1man :: urban visions


A selection of photos by Claudio Alba a.k.a. simply1man



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QUARTIERE FIERISTIC


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il “Treno” (quartiere Barca) 1957-62 – Arch. Giuseppe Vaccaro


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– Hi, Claudio. How would you describe this set of images?
– I think this selection is highly representative of my approach to architectural photography: oblique camera angles and sequences of parallel planes. All highlighted by cuts of light and shadows.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What usually attracts your visual attention?
– -I live in a city, Bologna, whose original medieval old town is a jewel of harmony. For my photographic work however, I am attracted to the outskirts of towns, which are chaotic and squalid. I love to seek and capture individual elements or perspectives that unveil an unobtrusive appearance or aestethic.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
-Photography of interiors: I am an interior designer and often use photography to document my work.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
-Like many amateur photographers who grew up on “chemical” photography, digital technology has rekindled a passion in me which was neglected due to a lack of time to devote in the darkroom. My intention is to turn my hobby into a business tied to to interior design publishing sector.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? which city would you like to visit for a photo session? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– I particularly find Luis Barragan’s Mexican architectures very photogenic. For opposite reasons I am intrigued by public housing estates in the ex-communist countries.


– What is your favorite camera?
– I’m currently using a Sony A900 with a Minolta 16-35 zoom. I will soon have a Minolta 20mm.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I worked on the images for a book dedicated to the “La Certosa” historical ceemetery in Bologna. An exhibition is being prepared. I have also provided images for interior design magazines both in print and online.


-Thank you, Claudio. I wish you success with your photography.

14
Nov
11

julian escardo a.k.a. julian e… :: capturing Gehry’s forms


A selection of photos by Julian Escardo



Steel...

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Steel… (2010)

“Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun.” Frank Lloyd Wright



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Pas de cinq… (2009)

“There’s no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.” Frank Herbert



Heavy Metal....

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Heavy Metal…yearning for timelessness (2007)



Blaze...

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Blaze… (2008)



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During the… (2008)

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” Robert Frost



Follow through...

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Follow through… (2008)

“Paths are made by walking” Antonio Machado



Hint...

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Hint… (2007)



– Hello, Julian. How would you describe this photo selection?
– The set chosen captures my love for simple forms and flow. They can be viewed as finished pieces as well as incite the observer to go beyond.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What usually attracts your visual attention?
– Urban environments offer me the perfect playground to let my imagination run its course, and feed my passion for geometry and sensual lines.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– Besides architectural and urban photography I love abstracts and minimalism. They offer me the possibility to explore the relationship between painting and photography (very closely related as far as I am concerned) and explore basic lines, textures and push the limits and extract the very essence of a scene. I like to make the viewer think, dream and interpret a piece his or her own way.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– My motivation is the medium itself, the instant gratification and the thrill of capturing a scene as it happens. Sometimes a moment lasts a second or even less due to the available light, the positioning of an object in relation to other objects, or is influenced by the time of the year and so on. I also try and gain knowledge of a static piece (generally contemporary structures/buldings) and extrapolate the substance and frame that. I compose on site pending minor corrections afterward. I love to capture the heart of a piece and let the observer imagine the whole as from that “slice”. I often shoot well known structures, but present them in a way that the viewer has never seen them before forcing you to revisit what your eyes left behind. As far as goals I would like to get a commission one day, travel, design products for a company and of course do more showings…I can also work on finished pieces tailored to specific environments such as a home or office – there is nothing wrong with meeting a client half way and conforming to actual specifications; I can rise to that occasion with confidence.


– 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 have one but several dream locations; among them is the Music Center in Seattle (Frank Gehry), I would also love to tackle Calatrava in Spain, New York’s buldings in the early morning would be a feast for me and Dubai, where I always wanted to go and take on the explosion of glass and steel. I love the way they tackle scale there with no regard to expense whatsoever. For shadows and geometric abstracts New Mexico at 5 p.m.. Given one choice I would have to say Dubai, but I’d gladly settle for my beloved Paris.


– What is your favorite camera?
– I’m a Nikon guy: give me the D3X and set me loose please! I’d love to get hold of the new 10 mm lens and also carry the all around 24-70. I currently own a great D300 coupled with the 14-24 aspherical 2.8, tho I miss full frame view as I am very exacting when I go ‘click’.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I have made about four photo books, but I’m not ready to sell them yet. At the moment I show through Redbubble, it’s very convenient and I sell there too making it a one stop shop. Some of my photos were used for the American Institute of Architects’s (A.I.A.) video about Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A.. Besides Flickr I am also publishing on my blog, I am currently developing my own website.


– Thank you, Julian. All the best with your photography, I’m looking forward to see your website.

04
Nov
11

jacob schere :: geometrical urban wabi sabi


A selection of photos by Jacob Schere



Green Tiled International Reflection

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Green Tiled International Reflection


2Shirts, Squares and Rectangles

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2Shirts, Squares and Rectangles


The Sun Will Come Out at Night

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The Sun Will Come Out at Night


Fish Door Knob Window

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Fish Door Knob Window


From this Window, Peace on Earth

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From this Window, Peace on Earth


Rectangular Wabi Sabi, Shimbash 新橋

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Rectangular Wabi Sabi, Shimbash 新橋


Door Mailbox Window Squared

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Door Mailbox Window Squared



– Hi, Jacob. How would you describe this set of images?
– They are an exploration of Japanese daily elements in the form of shape, textures, and aging. I like to think about how these elements are interconnected and without them the urban world would be a boring place to inhabit. I like to find the simple beauty in the most everyday places.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What usually attracts your visual attention?
– My lens eye sees in a square format. I like to see how all the geometry fits with in the square, and how does this square fit into its surroundings. A lot of the shitamachi (literally downtown, or old parts of town) have a lot of character. There was an enormous effort to rebuild Tokyo after WWII and the firebombing. Certain kinds of tiles, and corrugated metal were used as a means to build quick and cheaply. I am a sucker for the color tiles. The colors and hues just tell me the time that they were made. Another point with architecture is that humans create these places to be used. I am attracted to the buildings that show the presence of human’s touch, without having to see the humans.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– Recently, since I returned to Japan in the post earthquake and tsunami of March 11, my attention has turned to a subject that I never thought I would photograph – nature. For me nature, and especially, blossoms, became a sign of hope. Photographing nature was a way to escape the terrible shaking that we were having everyday in Japan. We were being reminded on a daily basis that the earth is alive and full of destructive power. I wanted to remind myself, and those that viewed my images, that there is an abundance of beauty in the natural world. I am trying to find a method that works those two opposing energies in the natural world.

I also do love doing somewhat straight documentary work. Especially, when I travel to Miami, Florida. I spend a lot of time with musicians and artists in the Hip Hop community because of my brother, hip hop educator and emcee, Brimstone127. I like to work around the people, and catch the liveliness of their vibrations without doing setups, or having them pose for the camera.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I have had a camera in my hand for so long I do not know what it is like NOT to have one. I do know this that through constant striving for perfection in my photography helps me to participate in the world. I want to share with others what I see in this world. Hopefully my worldview will find those out there that share similar or even opposing views. I hope that my images with encourage the viewers to engage in lucid communication.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? which city would you like to visit for a photo session? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– There are a few places. One is Jerusalem. I would love to spend an extended period of time photographing in that city and its surrounding areas. It would be returning to the source. Spending time in that city would benefit my soul as well as my photography.


– What is your favorite camera?
– That is easy, it was my Ricoh GRII digital camera, which I used for more than 3 years. Just about 2 weeks ago I got the Ricoh GRIV. It is compact camera with an amazing lens and can shoot square.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I run my own website and blog. I have committed myself to writing more about my work. I am currently rethinking how I approach the Lucid communication website and its focus will expand to include other photographers, reviews, and discussions on the state of photography. I want to share other photographers that inspire me like Brancolina and give the world a view of the amazing work that is out there.

lucidcommunication.com



– Thanks a lot, Jacob. All the best with your photography and the Lucid communication.