Archive for the 'abstract urban photography' Category

24
Feb
12

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

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Light in the city 4 (2011)



Lightscape 9

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Lightscape 9 (2011)



Corner 1

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Corner 1 (2010)



Concrete beauty 1

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Concrete beauty 1 (2011)



Urban reflections 5

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Urban reflections 5 (2011)



Squares

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Squares (2011)



Acrobat

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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.

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13
May
11

mengwen29 :: looking for the object


A selection of photos from the series Looking for the object by mengwen29


Modern life

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Modern life


Blinds

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Blinds


Representation

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Representation


Play

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Play


Flight

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Flight


Squared

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Squared


– Hello, Françoise. How would you describe this set of images?
– I took the photographs in a newly constructed neighbourhood near my place. What struck me there is that it looked almost always empty. You don’t see people walking, sitting on benches, on stairs, or attending business as you could expect in an area where people live. You see walls, windows, pathways. When you peek through windows however, you can see furniture as a sign that the apartments are occupied. There are visible traces of people in the area although you do not see them. For me this neighbourhood became like a set for a play. It became a theater without the actors that were supposed to perform in it.

– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– I like details, I like light and dark. It’s easier for me to create an atmosphere while focusing on light and details than to take picture of an entire building. But that is something I want to learn.

– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I love creating minimal and abstract compositions and I also love taking photos of landscapes.

– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I am a visual person, and I was trained as a literary theorist. When I work on the photographs I have taken, I always tend to put some kind of story behind them or to work a set of photographs around a concept. That is my way of making sense of photography and representing the world around me.

– 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 to take photographs in defined locations, and to create spaces of these locations. With creating spaces I mean representing within the frame of the photograph the way I see it, and read the location. I love to walk around in a new place. I could do this anywhere, I guess.

– What is your favorite camera?
– At the moment I use a Nikon D 90. I like it.

– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– On internet I publish mostly on Flickr. I also have published two books on Blurb Couleurs de Marrakech and Rencontres à Marrakech. My works were also published in Y Sin Embargo magazine issue 24, 25, 26 and 27 by Fernando Prats, on Azurebumble’s blog Aesthetic investigations and in photo books Shadé and Shadé#2 by Brancolina.

– Thank you very much, Françoise and all the best with your potographic work.

05
Mar
11

Leonie Polah aka polah2006 :: selection of photos from ‘the restaurant’ series


The restaurant

More photos: polah2006



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– Hello, Leonie. How would you describe this set of images?
– I made this series during the renovation of a restaurant around the corner. It turned from being an Indonesian restaurant in browns into a general Asian place with lots of black and red. When the sun was shining I fell for the colours. Nearly every day I took some pictures untill they were ready. Then I made a selection.

– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? what attracts your visual attention?
– I am a city person. I suppose my interest lies in the geometrical forms, although that is not strictly true because I am never tempted to photograph old buildings, which have abundant geometrical forms. Maybe it is because modern architecture seems to be empty, while you know it is teeming with life behind its facade. The same applies to many of my other urban scenes, but then vice versa. I like it when there are only remains of human life. The people are gone, they left traces of their existence.
In that sense this series is a bit different from my usual work, because some of the images have people in it.

– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I like many styles of photographing, but in general I want some form in it. Whether it is geometrical, abstract, the natural form of flowers, or just light, doesn’t matter to me. The present trend of blurry images is not for me. Apparantly I need a focal point. Of course as always, there are exceptions.

– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– With my background of painting and sculpture, one could say that the visual arts are my main interest. At the present there is nothing I like more than making and editing photographic images. My aim is being the best photographer/visual artist I could be within the limits of my talent and financial resources.

– 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 would love to photograph the demolition or construction of a building up close. If I could choose a ‘dream location’ it would be a city. Hong Kong (Michael Wolf made his wonderful series ‘Architecture of Density’ there), New York, Beijing. But as dreams go, the reality is different and my experience is that there is a great gap between what images are good in reality and which are going to be good in your imagination.

– What is your favorite camera?
– I have a Canon Eos D1000 with a 18-200mm objective and a Nikon D70 with AF-S nikkor 18-70 mm objective. I would like to have a zoom lens for the Nikon.

– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I publish my images mainly on flickr. I have not published a photobook myself, except on issuu.com, but that attempt is more directed at design. However, on the ISSUU page you will find some magazines and books where my images were published: issuu.com/polah2006

Several issues of the Y sin Embargo magazine (Fernando Prats), you can find the issues in which some of my images are published: ysinembargo.com/uebi/descargas

Azurebumble’s blog Aesthetic investigations:
Leonie Polah: Facades series, Leonie Polah: Photographer, Leonie Polah: Meertens series and Leonie Polah: grid series

The photo-book Hypo-X-series by Azurbumble (Alan Wilson)

The photo books Shadé and Shadé #2 by Brancolina

The photo book Haphazart2 of the Haphazart Contemporary Abstract Group.

Louise Image’s Plateful Magazine issue 9:
issuu.com/plateform/docs/issues_no9engl-1/1″

An article by Gary Sauer-Thompson on e-zine Altfotonet:
altfotonet.org/blog/2009/03/contemporary-photography-a-not.html

– Thank you, Leonie and all the best with your photographic work.