Archive for the 'architectural details' Category

05
Apr
12

ximo michavila :: abstracted architectural visions


A selection of photos by Ximo Michavila



Architecture 9

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Architecture #9 (2007)
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporaneo. Alvaro Siza


Architecture 1

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Architecture #1 (2011)
Art center. College of design. Daly Genik architects. Pasadena


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Architecture #13 (2007)
Art center. College of design. Daly Genik architects. Pasadena


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Architecture #45 (2012)
Art center. College of design. Daly Genik architects. Pasadena


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Architecture #47 (2012)
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporaneo. Alvaro Siza


Architecture #43

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Architecture #43 (2012)
Lowell health house. Richard Neutra. Los Angeles


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Architecture #11 (2007)
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporaneo. Alvaro Siza



– Hello, Ximo. How would you describe this set of images?
– Architects and planners are the true creators of all that surrounds us in an urban environment. I took advantage of them, of their works, seeking abstraction, trying to extract small parts of it to create another work, this time in two dimensions. Almost unconsciously the shape turns into the main figure over all looking for a geometric world where the concept of architectural work disappears. I often wonder if in architecture photography it’s not about taking pictures with the camera but cutting up a building with a pair of scissors.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture?
What attracts your visual attention?
– I don’t know if architects are aware of all the views that a building can provide in different light conditions. That is my function when I’m in front of a building, finding edges, corners, shadows, reflections and using them to create a particular vision out of context. The geometry of lines and surfaces are for me the main reason to shoot.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I like the abstraction of flowers, their colors and shapes. Landscape is also a theme that appeals to me. I like it very simple and clean; form dominating over matter. Macro photography is a technique that I like but applied to the combination of elements symbolizing a conceptual idea. It’s fun to go for a walk or visit any place to search for objects, movements, corners, etc. that are plastically interesting.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– Photography is my hobby. I shoot for fun without any kind of professional or documentary condition. I love to find the frame that I like or something that catches my attention. My goal when shooting or when I do the post-production process is that people see my pictures; just as I like to see works by other photographers, analyzing their techniques and enjoying the beauty. The Red Square Gallery is an example of a great opportunity to show my photos and try to make people enjoy them.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– Any place where you can find works of modern architecture would be a good place to spend several hours shooting. The fun would be directly proportional to the size and complexity of the work. An example of a city where I would do several photo shoots is Brasilia, where you can find amazing masterpieces of architecture with great photographic beauty.


– What is your favorite camera?
– I have a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, but I´m always looking at technological news, so my opinion may change in future.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I expose on Flickr usually, and some of my photos were selected in Archidose and Archdaily blogs:
archidose.blogspot.com.es/2011/05/
archidose.blogspot.com.es/2012/02/
archdaily.com/207251/ad-round-up-best-from-flickr/
www.archdaily.com/222065/ad-round-up-best-from-flickr/
Exhibitions:
“The modern housing in Valencia region” 2007 in Architects’ association of Valencia
“The modern housing in Spain” 2009 in DOCOMOMO
Books:
“Juan Jose Estellés Ceba. Architect”. Maite Palomares & Carlos Meri. 2007. Architects’ association of Valencia.
Magazines:
On diseño 2008, “America’s Cup special”
En blanco, 2011, Cultural buildings special “Maxxi museum in Rome by Zaha Hadid”
Collaborator:
Democracia, Art work team.


– Thanks for letting me present a selection of your photos in the gallery and for the interview. Best wishes for your photographic work.

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25
Mar
12

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)



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Dalhousie Building 8 (2012)



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Dalhousie Building 7 (2012)



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Dalhousie Building 6 (2012)



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Dalhousie Building 5 (2012)



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Dalhousie Building 3 (2012)



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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.

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.

24
Oct
11

Christian Beirle González a.k.a. yushimoto :: symmetric architectural impressions


A selection of photos by Christian Beirle González a.k.a. Yushimoto



St. Johann von Capistran - Munich [1/2]

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St. Johann von Capistran – Munich [1/2]


out of the light they came

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out of the light they came


They are reading books

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They are reading books


Three Frames with Red and White Stripes

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Three Frames with Red and White Stripes


Herz Jesu Kirche - Munich

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Herz Jesu Kirche – Munich


The Chamber of the Six Chairs

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The Chamber of the Six Chairs


Pinakothek der Moderne

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Pinakothek der Moderne


– Hello, Christian. How would you describe this set of images?
– Thank you very much Brancolina for this interesting selection. Those pictures are good examples of elements that I like to focus on: the impact of light, symmetry, perspective and cleanness.


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

– In a positive way I am a very curious person and one of my favourite occupations is to pack my rucksack and go on “urban” discovery tour – there is so much to see and to discover out there, especially finding the beauty in the “ordinary” and finding less known locations is a nice challenge. I feel more attracted by details and I absolutely like to work on angles and perspectives and to elaborate on colors and the impact of light throughout the day. Generally I prefer interiors and more abstract and clean compositions.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography
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– In the past months I had a lot of fun of building up a nice collection of graffiti pictures that I mainly took in Munich. I enjoy the creative diversity, the spontaneity and the fun of this “art”. Besides that, whenever permitted I take the camera to the Heavy Metal concerts I frequently visit. I never published these shots in flickr, but in case of interest you can find them on my facebook site.


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

– I enjoy a lot the creative process of photographing: finding interesting spots, developing ideas and discovering and elaborating perspectives. I am happy with the results, whenever I believe that I have captured in a good way the essence of the architecture and I made a good interpretation of it.


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

– Amsterdam and Rotterdam are currently on the very top of my agenda – hope to make it there very soon! Besides that it would be fantastic to return to Japan and especially to Tokyo to dig deeper into this fascinating country and city. From the perspective of a photographer I was absolutely fascinated from Tokyo, which offers great architecture, interesting culture and diverse urban life to keep you busy for a very long time. Last but not least I would love to go to Paris to explore La Defense and to visit Oskar Niemeyer’s “Communist Headquarters”.


– What is your favorite camera?

– Currently I am a happy owner of the Canon EOS 550d with two lenses: Canon EF 24-105mm and Sigma 8-16mm. It would be fun to test the Canon EOS 5d mark ii.


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


– I am a truly amateur photographer. However last year I was lucky to get in touch with a start-up publishing company in Munich (Weitsicht Verlag) and together we published a Munich 2011 Modern Architecture calendar. For 2012 we extended cooperation by further publishing 3 calendars (Munich Modern Architecture / Berlin Architecture / Graffitis). Besides that some of my shots are available at Getty.

04
Oct
11

john kosmopoulos a.k.a. kozology :: forms in frozen motion


A selection of photos by John Kosmopoulos a.k.a. kozology



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@rchitecture


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gehry peeling onions


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Flag For The Innocent


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Vavavavoom


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Vulvan


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Pornography for Futurologists



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

– First, I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to present some of my work at the Red Square Gallery. I think that the choices you made for the gallery speak of forms in frozen motion, what Goethe called “frozen music” and what I like to call “Euclid’s Jazz”– the chaotic harmonics of geometry that are represented in the architecture of Gehry (the first two photos) and even Gaudi. There is also an erotic quality to your choices given that one image is entitled “Vulvan” and the other “Pornography for Futurologists”. I like to give my photos interesting titles. I feel that photos are somehow incomplete without titles similar to songs and paintings. Perhaps every artist strives to represent the core of humanity’s themes of life and creation, sex and survival, death and immortality in one way or another. I just enjoy taking photos and seeing what happens.


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

– I am fascinated by the geometry, symmetry and abstract nature of any urban ecology. When I analyze architecture, I tend to dissect structures and compose them in my own mathematical alchemy of angles, light, time and space. My analysis often runs counter to the intention and function of the urban landscape. This is my way of harmonizing the city in the way that I envision it. I often critique city planners as a photographer for their lack of vision in creating aesthetically pleasing spaces to live in. Architecture often offers the music and photography offers the lyrics click by click – the unique signature of the photographer.


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

– I like abstracting anything and everything whether it is nature, people or architecture. I am guided by an “eclectic aesthetic” philosophy of photography as a means of educating my eyes to see the world with a different purpose – to find beauty in anything. I find it more challenging to find something almost raw or esoteric about a subject as if I am discovering its arcanum – its secret, hidden wisdom – than taking a shot that many have taken before (although we all take these shots for posterity). This may seem romantic but I believe that it is the impulse of every photographer who is passionate about his or her craft. I also like minimalist and monochrome compositions; they offer the essence of a scene while giving the viewer a sense of timelessness.


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

– Photography offers me a sense of therapeutic mindfulness and forgetfulness at the same time. I often focus intensely on a subject and forget the world around me. I become a solipsistic nomad when it comes to photography. I like wandering and discovering without a real goal in mind. When the stress of everyday life hits me, I often resort to the things that bring me solace – photography is one of those things. I live an extremely busy life with family, friends, work and play. My life is filled with science but has become fulfilled by art. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Social media has offered me a chance to meet new people with similar interests that have become friends. That is priceless to 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 have many, but I have always wanted to go to Iceland and Tokyo. I have explored many parts of Europe and North America (which I love to do) but I am looking for an “off-kilter” experience with fellow photographers in bewildering locations.


– What is your favorite camera?

– I have a Canon Rebel T3i and I love it! It is my first real DSLR. I have given my camera a name – “Lola” – now you know. I strongly believe that it is the person holding the camera not the camera itself that makes the difference.


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

– I have published a few minimalist abstract photos in Fotoblur Magazine Issue 10 and several photos and texts in the Barcelona-based Y Sin Embargo magazine. I have also published a photo in a Zen calendar in 2010 that was distributed across Europe. A UK architecture magazine also published a photo of mine of a building in the financial district of Toronto. My work has also been featured in galleries on Flickr and in Alan Wilson’s (Azurebumble) Aesthetic Investigations. I have yet to write a blog or put together a Blurb book but I hope to one day. My work can also be found on Google+ , Flickr, 500px and Fotoblur.

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.