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

Light in the city 4 (2011)

Lightscape 9

Lightscape 9 (2011)

Corner 1

Corner 1 (2010)

Concrete beauty 1

Concrete beauty 1 (2011)

Urban reflections 5

Urban reflections 5 (2011)


Squares (2011)


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.

15 Responses to “wilma eras a.k.a. w.eras :: urban scenes painted by shadows”

  1. February 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

    What a beauty of an exhibition. Wilma has achieved such depth in each of the images and really brought life to the surfaces. I also adore the interplay of structural and shadow lines, along with the magnificent use of negative space. Bravo, Wilma! I enjoyed the interview too but one word of warning about MAXXI – beware the security guards inside the building! That said, you would have more than enough fun outside, photographing the structure.

  2. 2 Françoise Lucas
    February 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Superb exhibition! Thank you Wilma and Lina.

  3. 3 mluisa_
    February 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I love so much the work of Wilma and I like this selection.
    A great exibition !
    Grazie Wilma, grazie Lina !

  4. 4 carlos pataca
    February 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I really love the work of Wilma. There is a great simplicity and directness that i appreciate very much. Her work is poetic without to try to be “intelectual” . She is one of my favorite photographers in flickr and i am happy to see this selection. Thanks brancolina and wilma.

  5. February 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Superb work!!! Thanks Wilma and Lina, congrats to both.

  6. 6 gherm
    February 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Wilma is a great “Light-Catcher” and Lina is a great “Talent-Catcher”… So, we have a great exhibition!

  7. February 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Very nice work, wilma.
    I enjoy your ever-expanding details in your last production.

  8. February 29, 2012 at 3:07 am

    A dazzling collection of interplay in the shadowy world of abstracted shapes, of shifted attention to the significant accent on context.

    Wilma has a particular style that I really enjoy. She has the unique ability to tear the veil of visible appearance from reality, as I put it and turn our attention to the poetic details of the simple things in life “paperstracts”. In so doing we look behind the appearance of things.

    The meaning of her photography is carried not by the objective, but by the way in which it is presented. Based on the principle of reality and the reality of illusion, she creates spaces that are shaped artfully and this becomes works in which the viewer can enter.

    As the light changes demanding more abstract ways of perception, we step into an accessible abstraction: ‘objects’ emerge from dark backgrounds as we enter an imaginary realm, an alternative perception of the world; an insightful dimension of darkness, colour and form.

    Thank you Wilma for this sublime vision that brings us a mind-blowing combination of shadows casts and of the trajectory of light, their connotations and inferences; each telling their own stories, and also for the interview which is most interesting and insightful, and thanks to Lina to bring us another artistic phenomenon.


  9. 9 jurek d.
    February 29, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    This exhibition brings what is the best in Wilma’s art. She is the queen of light. If there ever comes a time when all lights go out and the sun stops shining, Wilma will be there looking for light. And she’ll find it. And she’ll photograph it. And we will look at the photograph amazed…

  10. 10 wilma eras
    February 29, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Thank you all for your visits and beautiful words, it’s a treat.

  11. 11 donald verry
    February 29, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    i love Wilma’s work on Flickr and this is a very well selected sample to really show the strength of her use light to create urban abstracts.

  12. March 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Wat een fantastische galerie, echt adembenemend werk.
    Heel mooi ook om het in een op elkaar aangepaste serie te zien!

    What a fantastic gallery, really stunning work.
    Very beautiful too to see it together in a well thought-out series

  13. March 5, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Thank you for visits and commenting

  14. 14 Steffen Tuck
    March 10, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Wilma has the ability to capture the essence in each of her urban landscapes- the light swathed in her trademark and poetic simplicity presents the ‘just’ – just enough and never too much – to focus and condense and always create the ‘aha’ moment. I had the pleasure of meeting Wilma mid last year to escape and play one afternoon in Amsterdam at the Foam Gallery. A lovely opportunity to swap notes and discuss ideas.

    Thanks to Wilma for her expert gaze and captures, and to Lina for her undying passion to collect and compile award-winning talent.

  15. April 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    always enjoyable and inspirational to see Wilma’s work, really a master of Light ! Congrats with a great expo here. Well deserved !

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