alan wilson a.k.a. azurebumble :: dalhousie building series

A selection of photos by Alan Wilson a.k.a. AZUREBUMBLE featuring Dalhousie building from Dundee University (Scotland)


Dalhousie Building 8 (2012)


Dalhousie Building 7 (2012)


Dalhousie Building 6 (2012)


Dalhousie Building 5 (2012)


Dalhousie Building 3 (2012)


Dalhousie Building 2 (2012)

– Hello, Alan. How would you describe this set of images?
– These images are monumental and minimal, concerning form, light and colour…

– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What usually attracts your visual attention?
– It can be anything really…a shape, a shadow, a form, a rhythm, a pattern, a sign, a fragment, a reflection, a juxstaposition…they’re all important and alluring in their own way.

– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– Lately I’ve been looking at a lot of black and white ‘street photography’ and I’m particularly drawn to the work of Lee Friedlander… I like the ambiguity, how the ‘real’ and ‘reflected’ worlds overlap and fragment, where vision/perception is questioned or becomes momentarily confused.

– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I’m an incredibly lazy photographer! However in my defence, I do view a large amount of photographic works on the internet each day. Therefore I would tentatively suggest that a lot can be learnt via the process of ‘osmosis’… where by routinely consuming visual material one can gradually refine ones aesthetic sensibliity (although perhaps not technical ability!)

– Do you have a ‘dream location’, where would you like to take photos?
– New York or Tokyo

– What is you favourite camera?
– The human mind / memory …

– Have you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I have published some works in Y SIN EMBARGO magazine by fernandoprats and in your very own Shadé books. Series of my work and others can be found on my blog Aesthetic Investigations and Tumblr. I previously published the photo book Hypo-X-Series – A Digital Curation in collaboration with Flickr Photographers. I’m currently finishing off a book of curated series from my Aesthetic investigations blog. I also have a book of graphic works called Fragmental.

– Thank you for giving me an opportunity to present a selection of your previously unpublished works and for the interview. I wish you all the best with your work.

10 Responses to “alan wilson a.k.a. azurebumble :: dalhousie building series”

  1. March 25, 2012 at 2:35 am

    NIce selection and interview, as always…….

  2. March 25, 2012 at 2:55 am

    That is such a great red.

  3. March 25, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Great post today. I really enjoyed your photos very much. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. 4 wilma eras
    March 27, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Beautiful series, I’m in love with that red!
    Thanks Alan and Lina.

  5. 5 Françoise Lucas
    March 27, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Beautiful sensual creations with forms and colours.
    Wonderful work Alan and Lina.

  6. April 4, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    thank you for visits and commenting

  7. 7 mluisa_
    April 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I love that work..it is very original and clever.
    Thank so much for this exhibition Alan and Lina.

  8. 8 pannaphotos
    April 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I love the way he creates a very effective abstraction only using light, colours and shapes!!

  9. April 18, 2012 at 3:32 am

    What a terrific array of shapes and colour: as one would say “monumental” and strikingly expressive, with a bold awareness of the world of curves, sometimes disregarding the rationalist views of expression in architecture (which I have a strong affinity for).

    Alan has the ability to abstract the environment in a sort of “fractal idealism”; looking at what surrounds us with such ease and simplicity.

    These works do not just serve to homogenise bodies of work which might be superficially alike, they simultaneously detach that work from other material by “its” rendering of some painterly and resolutely three dimensional abstractions.

    Architecture is a way of expressing these unique and optimistic ideals through photography:
    to be simple, to create a world unique in which one looks at everything with the revealing “sequential permutations.”

    Everyone creates their own story: the ‘dalhousie building series’ is one of them: impactful and strong, with the pre-dominating reds and blues that are flowing, free and sensual creating an uncomplicated dynamic and “unstable” arrangement.

    I am glad to have stumbled on this exhibit.

    Thank you to both the artist and to the curator of these wonderful galleries and for sharing with us another unique experience.

  10. April 19, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Thank you everyone for your interesting comments and kind observations…

    I’m especially intrigued with Robert’s view and the term “fractal idealism”. I shall ponder and enjoy your words for a while I’m sure, I also respect the time and effort you have taken to share these interesting thoughts and ideas with such clarity…much appreciated.

    A very special thanks also, to you B for selecting and presenting my work in the delightful ‘red square gallery’, it’s always a pleasure to be involved in one of your projects. 🙂

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