Posts Tagged ‘abstract

14
Feb
12

crosslens :: urban minimalism


A selection of photos by crosslens



red concrete example

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red concrete example (2011)


waiting zone

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waiting zone (2009)


room with view

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room with view (2010)


displacement

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displacement (2009)


castle lines

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castle lines (2011)


emergency  exit

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emergency exit (2010)


toilet paper alarm

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toilet paper alarm (2011)



– Hello Ralf. How would you describe this set of images?
– My first intention was: oh, a lot of red squares and rectangles – Red square gallery, the name says it all. On the second view I made an interesting discovery: when I made these photos it was not the red that attracted my attention but the play of the lines, the space and the dots in these photos. The red was an add-on that caused the balance weight of the composition. With another color I’m sure I would have composed and balanced some of these photos in another way. It’s a feeling that I cannot describe with rules: when I see a motif and I want to convey it in the 2:3-Format of my camera I try to find a balance that is formed by structures and colors. Each of these elements has his own weight that will balance the scale.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What usually attracts your visual attention?
– I think my urban environments and architecture are often stringently geometric. I love the precise and straight lines and the (a)symmetry of modern architecture– and the break of these lines and (a)symmetry. It reminds me an excursion to a city in Germany that is famous for its old buildings from the 14th century. I entered the inner city, saw all these old buckled and crooked buildings and my first question was: and where is here the quarter with modern architecture?

What attracts my attention? Lines, lines and lines – and the interaction of these lines that can make geometric structures. Light, light and light – and the interaction of the light that makes shadows and colors.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I love modern architecture, but I also love the nature and sometimes I spend weeks in the middle of nowhere surrounded by woods, lakes and grassland. I take hundreds of photos just from the trees, the light on the trees, between the trees, from the landscapes and the clouds, the plants and the meadows.
In the city I find my nature in the botanical garden where I can pass hours lying on the floor and making macro photos of colorful plants. I replace the strict large geometry of the architecture with the liberty of forms of small flowers. Not to forget: I love minimalism, the reduction of things to nearly nothing.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– The beginning was a great mistake: I’m a programmer and I wanted to leave the monitor and to go out. But digital photography calls for coming back to “develop” these photos – and I’ve to pass again a good dose of time in front of a Monitor. I try to find and to photograph the nature of the things, the nature of my motif. I want to achieve that the beholder finds out that beauty can be everywhere, in the small as in the large, in the things made by humans as in the things made by the nature. Sometimes it depends just on the point of view.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’, where would you like to take photos?
– There are surely some places where the concentration of structures that I like is very, very high. But as a binge can have enough painful side-effects I prefer to discover a location for a long time. As I learned here in Hamburg that I can still discover new motifs, the dream location is where I am in the moment I’m making the photo.


– What is your favorite camera?
– The camera that I’m able to adjust. It’s not the camera which makes the photo – it’s the photographer. I know what I want to catch how and I just need a camera that can do that and the knowledge how I can do that with this camera. But I’ve some favorite lenses: my macro and my wide angle.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I’ve never published any photo books, I’m too lazy. It would mean that I’ve to pass again more time in front of a monitor after my work and the developing of my photos. I’ve my own photo-website that I didn’t update since years and I’m the webmaster of a photo group where some of my photos are posted. Flickr that is like my diary for photography. It’s quick an easy. But I’ve to say that I’m not a “good” community member – because it would cause that I pass again more time in front of a computer.


– Thank you very much, Ralf.

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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
Sep
11

steffen merkle a.k.a. stemerk44 :: geometric abstracts based on facade details


A selection of photos by Steffen Merkle a.k.a. stemerk44



15 öffnungen

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15 öffnungen (2009)



14 quadrate :: 14 squares

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14 quadrate :: 14 squares (2010)


zwei schatten :: two shadows

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zwei schatten :: two shadows (2010)


...

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… (2011)


schräge jalousie :: slanting blind

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schräge jalousie :: slanting blind (2009)


frau am fenster :: woman at the window

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frau am fenster :: woman at the window (2009)


silo 23

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Silo 23 (2010)



– Hello, Steffen. How would you describe this set of images?
– This set is primarily about architecture – like most of my images. These images show the idea of isolating architectural details of facades from its context and the details becoming abstract or minimal graphics. And here especially about changing the relations between massive walls and transparent windows to relations simply between graphic lines and areas.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture?
– My professional background is architecture and urban design. So when I began taking pictures I was consequently drawn to architecture without thinking too much about it.

When you begin designing a project, you start most of the times with an idea – a simple scribble, a few lines put on the paper. With the time the idea gets more and more complex – and so do the drawings, the simplicity of the beginning is often lost on this way. With my images I’m trying to show simple geometries and graphics like the ones you have at the beginning of a project.


– What usually attracts your visual attention?
– It could be anything – but it’s mostly something to do with architecture, geometry or graphics. Without recognizing an object worth photographing in the first place, I’m often mentally creating a crop, a perspective, an image while walking on. When I finally realise what I have passed, it’s time to go back and take pictures deliberately.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– There are of lot of superb images in many styles beside architecture and urban photography – which is easy to detect when browsing through Flickr. My camera nearly entirely seems to be drawn to architecture. I like minimalism and graphic style very much, but I’m not sure if in my case I can separate these from architecture.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography?
– I want to show a new way of looking at things, not only architecture. To create something new out of something familiar. And of course getting better and learning something in this process.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– A ‘dream location’ would be Tokyo or another city with non-European cultural background. A more realistic to come true ‘dream location’ would be Seville or Valencia, with its cultural mixture of Europe, Africa and Arabia.


– What is your favorite camera?
– The one I’m using at the moment is a Canon PowerShot G12. Small enough to carry it everywhere and with all the functions I need.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– Some of my pictures were published in an issue of DOZE Magazine, for the rest I’m only exposing on Flickr.


)Thank you, Steffen.

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.

23
Jun
11

carlos pataca :: escaping the obvious


A selection of photos by Carlos Pataca



bstraction on stairs 1 by carlos pataca, on Flickr

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Abstraction on stairs 1


abstraction on stairs 8 by carlos pataca, on Flickr

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Abstraction on stairs 8


abstraction on stairs 9

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Abstraction on stairs 9


lrng wth zl nns (parabéns, pelos próximos...)

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lrng wth zl nns (parabéns, pelos próximos…)


back to architecture - amsterdam

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Back to architecture – Amsterdam


recorte 20 by carlos pataca, on Flickr

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Recorte 20


abstraction on stairs 3 by carlos pataca, on Flickr

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Abstraction on stairs 3



– Hello, Carlos. How would you describe this set of images?
– Four of these images are about the possibilities that stairs, as an architectural element, offer to create abstract images. Stairs are sculptures that seduce the eye and are visually very easy to manipulate and transform. I was exercising that. “Back to architecture…” and “Recorte” are more abstract registers of buildings and “Lrng wth zl nns” is an old one that I posted for a friend (Zel Nunes) and doesn’t really “belong” to the series. But in all of them I was trying to escape the obvious of an architectonic register (photography NEVER could represent the experience that someone has when he is in and around a building) and trying to translate the architectonic object in a new “thing”, where poetry was part of the tectonic substance of the photo.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– Architecture and urbanism are my work fields. I have been busy with them as a teacher and a designer for 26 years… And photography gives me the chance of commenting, analysing, criticizing and transforming the subject in images while I’m trying to translate what I see in a new experience. Of course, architecture also offers an immense range of possibilities on structures, plasticity, contrasts, colours, tectonics, abstraction, all elements to create great compositions. But just to create a beautiful image does not interest me. The beauty is a bonus. I am trying to reach a kind of “research of the way to see” underneath the surface of the image.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I am trying everything. I give myself the freedom to exercise in all styles. But I intend to spend more time on abstracts, portraits and still life.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I started to photograph not so long ago, a little more than a year, before that I used just to push a button for a register. But since I start to work less as an urban planner I found photography a good instrument to be connected again with my discipline (architecture and urbanism) and that in relation with my vision of poetry, aesthetics and criticism. I don’t have a specific goal besides the fact that I use photography to see better. To think deeper about what I see and to create images that could translate my way of seeing.


– 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 believe in dream locations. I do think that our direct surroundings offer enough material to produce good photo’s. But I do have a list of favourite architects of whose buildings I would still like to photograph. In this list I have David Chipperfield, Steven Holl, Wiel Arets, Alvaro Siza, Luis Barragan… it is a long list!


– What is your favourite camera?
– I work with a Panasonic DMC- ZC7 (I don’t leave my house without it, it became part of my body!) and I use also a Sony DCLR A-290. But to speak about a favourite will be difficult because I still haven’t decided to invest in a really good camera.


– Did your photos get published in any photo/art-books or magazines and where do you expose your works on internet (website, blog …) ?
– I still didn’t exhibit or publish my photos. The only place that I post them is on Flickr and Hydepark photography, since short. One of my photo’s was chosen as a cover for a book about city planning and I am waiting for more commissions.


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

13
Jun
11

Luis Reina a.k.a. lcrf :: on the road


A selection of photos from Luis Reina a.k.a. lcrf



VACÍO AMARILLO / YELLOW EMPTY by lcrf, on Flickr

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VACÍO AMARILLO/YELLOW EMPTY


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ABS 6


BATALLA DE LÍNEAS / BATTLE OF LINES

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Batalla de lineas/battle of lines


ABS-14

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ABS 14


ABS 2

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ABS 2


ABS-12 by lcrf, on Flickr

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ABS 12


DOGVILLE 4

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Dogville 4


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

- Since I started my career as a photographer I have a small obsession: to avoid the multiple visual assault that generate a big city. And this fact is not a preconceived attitude, but something that came out of my eyes and, currently, only a psychoanalyst can decrypt ☺. This initial look has evolved from minimalism to abstract. And, in this search of the simplest form, the use of the color also has evolved up to coming to the monochrome color.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– The taste for the composition is what attracts me most in urban settings and architecture. In these places I find the ideal set for working with forms and, to obtain this, the city helps me with its buildings, shadows, lines,…


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– As a big fan of travel, I like to portray the places I visit. It’s at this point when starts what I call my “adventurer eye”. I like everything: monuments, landscapes, people.



- What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I am a professional in the world of advertising and photography is still a hobby. So my goal is to keep learning and have evolved into a unique style, something really hard to get.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– My “dream location” has to be the city where I live. Only a deep knowledge of the city gives me the ability to reach the maximum abstraction. And this only happens in my city, Barcelona.


– What is your favorite camera?
– Canon has always been my favorite brand. Now I have a Canon D-7 and I am very happy with it.


– Did your photos get published in any photo/art-books or magazines and where do you expose your works on internet (website, blog …)?
– Yes. I publish my photos on my Flickr page, but I’ve also published two books through blurb: 080 and Minimal BCN.


– Thanks, Luis. I wish you all the best with your photographic work.

03
May
11

rita vita finzi :: catching the rhythm with a camera


Selection of photos from Rita Vita Finzi


am spree

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Am Spree


little wings

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Little wings


The lamp

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The lamp


a walk on the roof

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A walk on the roof


A man

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A man


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– Hello, Rita. How would you describe this set of images?
– I am smiling looking at your selection, because the most of the pics you have chosen have been taken in Berlin, that is not only a city I love so much, but also one of my favorite location – so, thank you. Only Lamps is ‘Italian’, due to the courtesy of a friend of mine, who was driving and kindly stopped the car hearing me crying ‘stop-stop-stop, please!’ (!!!):). I think composition, contrasts, monochrome graphic effect is what keep them together.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and Architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– “Architecture is music in space” – well, I think this F.W.J.von Schelling’s quote can represent what I feel for architecture and the reason why I love it. Therefore, I am trying to “catch” this music – details, play of lines and surfaces, reflections, rhythm, repetitions, this is what attracts my visual attention. And, above all: the light!


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I love many subjects, but nature is one of my favorite, in particular flowers and leaves: play of colours and shapes, tiny details and even that kind of exquisite “design” (yes, you can find a sort of very different “architecture” there). More than this: sea.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I consider my camera a kind of “brush” that allows me to “paint” what I see all around me, and sometimes what I feel. This gives me a lot, and motivate me. My goals? To improve, of course – not just in a technical way (even if I should have still so much to learn), but more in terms of creativity and inspiration.


– 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 wouldn’t talk about a city, but about architects: Calatrava and Gehry, wherever they are!


– What is your favorite camera?
– I have started by chance with a Canon and I find it excellent. At the moment I’m working with a Canon 40D, but I’m dreaming about the EOS 5D Mark II.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– Yes, I do. I have published a few books on Blurb: Natural/mente (June 2008), La Memoria del Segno (September 2008) in collaboration with Susanna Bassani, Alberta Dionisi, Claudio Mori and Stefano Sivieri, Abstractions ( November 2008), And that is poetry (January 2010), Berlin (January 2010) and the latest one Peonies Pavillon, that is published in April 2011. On the internet you can find my photographs on Flickr and RedBubble. I also have a channel on YouTube, where I have uploaded 3 video-slideshows with my works.

-Thank you, Rita. I wish you all the best with your photographic work.

note from 20 July 2011: Rita’s website is ritavitafinzi.com