Archive for the 'urban photography' Category

05
Mar
12

barry falk :: derelict urban spaces


A selection of photos by Barry Falk



multicoloured corner

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multicoloured corner (2010)



checkered corner

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checkered corner (2010)



cone

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red cone (2009)



mosque 2

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mosque (2010)



elegiac - exit

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elegiac – exit (2010)



sacred space 2

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sacred space 2 (2010)



– Hello, Barry. How would you describe this set of images?
– Out of the seven photos selected the first four are literally the backends of town, what I Iike to call the ‘incidental spaces’. They are places which are easilly walked by, driven past or avoided. I present them as compositional puzzles: texture and colour and shape, abstracted from their context, become intriguing photographic images. The last images are what I call ‘sacred’ or ‘elegiac’ spaces, where I am using the light much more to suggest a presence or evoke a sense of mystery and awe.


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

– My initial interest was very much in derelict and abandoned spaces. It was here, in these places awaiting demolition or radical renovation, that I believed the best trinkets were often to be found. However, I have gradually weaned myself off of this obsession and sought photographic trinkets in the everyday: loading bays, multi-story car parks, alleyways, office facades, underpasses, pissed in corners, etc. I am always looking for the fascinating in the mundane.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I am open to most anything from portraiture to landscape. However I am always looking for images which intrigue or unsettle me.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– For me photography has developed out of having struggled to keep up a studio-based art practice. When it became clear that I didn’t have the time to keep using a studio for painting and printing I adapted to making ‘art’ on the hoof. I am much happier now going out with a camera and discovering places. My intention is to keep improving’, I am constantly learning from other photographers. I am also keen to build up a consistent range of images which can be exhibited as print or on-line.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’, where would you like to take photos?
Gunkanjima Island and the Trans-Siberain train line from Moscow to Vladivostok.


– What is your favorite camera?
– My current Canon EOS 7D


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I am relatively new to photography and have had a few pieces exhibited in the following on-line magazines and blogs: Urban photo blog, Native publications, Smells like human absence and Photo fringe. I also exhibited in the Brighton Biennale 2010.

A selection of my ‘best’ are on fluidr.com


– Thank you very much, all the best with your photography

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24
Jan
12

attilio capra a.k.a. acph :: hidden poetry


A selection of photos by Attilio Capra a.k.a. acph



no train

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No train


circle

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circle


grid_green

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grid_green


red square and line

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red square and line


backstreet2

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backstreet2


lines and strips

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lines and strips



– Hi, Attilio. How would you describe this set of images?
– This selection of photos belongs to the project Hidden poetry. The urban environment is dissected by highlighting its poetical character, according to a compositional rigor of correspondences of lines and colors.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What usually attracts your visual attention?
– I like to find the detail that suggest the total. The human landscape tells about the people more than the people themselves.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I am fascinated by the anthropological photography, because it can tell about people and places without the mannerism of journalism.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– Photography has always been my medium of expression, through it I tell myself who I am. Fortunately someone appreciates my work and buy my pictures.


– 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 am attracted to all “non places”, I love the anonymous spaces, the suburb of the world.


– What is your favorite camera?
– The Leica M9, its compact size allows me to carry it always with me without sacrificing quality.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I’ve recently published the photo book Hidden poetry with Blurb. My works were published on several blogs and photographic sites (click here to view the list), my website is acph.viewbook.com and some of my projects are shown on Behance network.


– Thanks a lot, Attilio. All the best with your photography.

04
Dec
11

anna leporati serrao a.k.a. pannaphoto :: urban visions


A selection of photos by Anna Leporati Serrao a.k.a. pannaphotos



TO STEVE JOBS

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to steve jobs


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urban forestation


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il condominio spagnolo


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making the grades


crossed perspective

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crossed perspective


dead end street 2

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dead end street


– Hello, Anna. How would you describe this selection of photos?
– First of all I want to thank you for this kind invitation. All chosen images have been taken during some recent trips of mine around Europe. The first one, a tribute to the genius of Steve Jobs, is certainly my best-loved. I think this set shows, in a different way, my photographic approach to urban environment. To summarize, my love for strong contrasts of light, sometimes geometric shapes or incongruencies.

– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What usually attracts your visual attention?
– Urban environment is the stage where contemporary people spend most of their time. My aim is to photographically document the fragility, the loneliness, the uncertainty of humans in the relationship with their environment. Sometimes I like to break the composition rules in order to create a tension and something that is not so easy to visually read. Regarding architecture, it’s known that architects are nowadays considered “stars” and that all the photographers are terribly fascinated by their creations all over the world. I am visually attracted by geometry, shapes, lines, rhythms, contrasts, negative spaces, juxtapositions, ambiguities … which are the elements that all photographers so much love in this kind of subject.

– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– Abstractions, minimal works, sometimes portraits, I love the surreal world too … perhaps it’s easier for me to say what I don’t like, or better, what I’m not so good about: landscapes – up to now, of course. I hope to improve.

– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– Passion is the main motivation! I can’t spend a day without taking photographs or processing my shots, reading some books about photography, surfing on the internet or looking for exhibitions. I know it’s a kind of fixed idea, but I can’t help it. My goal is to create a perfect image and I’m going to continue looking for 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?
– I love to challenge my creative ability everywhere. Each place, with its own identity, can be inspiring but, at the top of my desire list, it’s Basel where there is a concentration of good museums and architectural beauties, especially Vitra Campus in Weil-am-Rhein. Besides It would be fantastic to return to some unforgettable towns especially Paris, Barcelona, New York, London, Valencia …

– What is your favorite camera?
– In the past I worked with 2 compact cameras, a Casio Exilim and a Canon Powershot G9. I now own a Nikon D90 with two lenses. If I buy a new camera I’ll choose a Canon 5d Mark II.

– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– Two years ago I published a book on Blurb Out of Focus, soon I’m going to make another one. Some of my works are on sale on Getty Images and in the past I took part in three collective exhibitions and I’ve been also the curator together with some friends. Recently I’ve joined Google+, but I’m still not so frequent there, so my photographs are mainly exposed on Flickr. Thank you again!

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.

14
Aug
11

Jurek Durczak a.k.a. jurek d. :: urban details


Selection of photos from jurek d.


White bridge

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White bridge (2009)


Lamp and light

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Lamp and light (2008)


No right turn

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No right turn (2008)


Descending

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Descending (2010)


Skinny tree

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Skinny tree (2010)


Shady corner

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Shady corner (2009)


Wire

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Wire (2009)



– Hello, Jurek. How would you describe this set of images?
– I like your choice. Porto, Albuquerque, Menton … photographers’ paradise. You walk around and you see so many photo opportunities. That’s basically how I see urban landscapes: geometry, shapes, details … they are all very important elements for me.

– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– I love urban environments because there’s so much to see there, so much is happening. Colours, lines, shadows, angles are constantly changing depending on the time of day and the weather. I like details rather than larger views. Those who have a chance to see my work usually cannot tell where the photos were taken. Very often I do not remember myself. Nor do I care – I am not into documentation.

– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I find some landscapes compelling, and abstract photography is certainly one of my interests – colours, patterns, details. Actually, I’m very eclectic, although I rarely take photographs of people since I am always afraid they will not like my doing so. Consequently, I have very few photos of actual people in my portfolio: body parts – yes; but whole figures – not really. The fewer the people in my photos the better (a tendency which a psychoanalyst might perhaps find interesting). At the same time I admire those who are good at photographing people.

– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– This is a question I often ask myself. Why am I doing it? It gives me pleasure and some kind of artistic satisfaction – that’s obvious. But what else is behind it? When I was a kid I often imagined myself as a painter. I admired painters – not just paintings, but the painters themselves, the people who had those incredible, magic skills. But I couldn’t even draw a straight line or a nicely formed circle. Much to my regret I realized I would never be a painter. Then, once upon a time, I discovered photography. It was not the same as painting, but it was close to it. Then, years later I became even more interested in digital photography – that was even closer to being a painter. I still do not feel like a painter and still would like to be one, but photography gives me a sense of artistic accomplishment.

My goal as a photographer? I have no special goals. Like any other photographer, I want to be better and better, and I want my work to be seen. Above all, I want to be able to say to myself: “This year my photos are much better than they were last year.”

– 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 places where there are very few people in the streets . . . empty, deserted. I remember those from my visits to the States, to Canada, and to central and eastern Portugal. But I also enjoy photographing big cities – New York, San Francisco, Berlin – but only early in the morning before crowds hit the streets. The cities I would like to photograph? The little towns in southern Italy, maybe Bilbao (I am going there very soon), Florence, many others. How can I know? As for landscapes: Norway, Newfoundland and the American West are unbeatable, but then I haven’t been to Iceland or Patagonia …

– What is your favorite camera?
– I am using three at the moment: a Nikon D80 with four different lenses, sometimes a Canon PowerShot G12 and, recently, my iPhone camera. I will probably upgrade my D80 next year for a more advanced Nikon model. I’d like to have a Leica M9, primarily for nostalgic reasons – my first “serious” camera was an old Leica.

– Did your photos get published in any photo/art-books or magazines and where do you expose your works on internet (website, blog …)?
– I have had three exhibitions (Colorado Springs, Lublin and Warsaw), five book covers and a CD cover for a London rock group Treason. Several of my photos have made the cover of a magazine published at the university where I teach American literature and culture and several have been used as illustrations in different books. My work has also been featured in Y Sin Embargo magazine and in collective photo books Hypo-x-series, Shadé and Shadé II. I have no time for my own site or blog, but for the past five years I have been posting my work on Flickr at a regular pace of two photos a day.

– Thank you, Jurek and best wishes for your photographic work.

14
Jul
11

claudia carlos magno :: urban visual poetry


Selection of photos from Claudia C. Magno



untitled by Claudia C. Magno, on Flickr

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Untitled (2011)


untitled by Claudia C. Magno, on Flickr

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Untitled (2010)


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Untitled (2011)


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Untitled (2009)


untitled by Claudia C. Magno, on Flickr

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Untitled (2009)


untitled by Claudia C. Magno, on Flickr

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Untitled (2009)


de cima ... by Claudia C. Magno, on Flickr

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Untitled (2006)



– Hello, Claudia. How would you describe this set of images?
– I love your selection of photos because they show some of the elements for what I usually look while photographing: forms, composition and geometry.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– I´m an architect, what always attracts me are the relations of space, the subtle connections between elements and the references to the modernism. I like walking on thin line between figurative and abstract approaches.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– Since I live in Rio de Janeiro, I have a special affection for photographing beaches. I love the details of sand and sea, and I´m also fascinated by their color palette.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– Beyond the architecture, for many years I’ve also been involved with the visual arts, especially painting and sculpture. Photography is a passion and a continuation of this trajectory. Sincerely, I have no definite purpose other than to keep using photography to do a sort of visual poetry.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– Not a “dream location” because I like photographing anywhere, however I have plans to visit Barcelona soon.


– What is your favorite camera?
– I always have a camera with me, so I prefer the small and unobtrusive ones. I use several compact cameras, Canon and Panasonic, and an Olympus E-620.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I have publish two books on Blurb: OCEANO and ESTRANHA GRAMÁTICA. I also participated in collective publications as Hypo-X-Series, a digital curation by Alan Wilson, HAPHAZART! magazine,Issue 01 and in the exhibition catalog Lo sguardo oltre | A look beyond by Maria Luisa and Anna.

I expose mainly on Flickr and at my website.


– Thank you, Claudia and best wished with your photographic work.