Posts Tagged ‘art

24
Nov
11

claudio alba a.k.a. simply1man :: urban visions


A selection of photos by Claudio Alba a.k.a. simply1man



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QUARTIERE FIERISTIC


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il “Treno” (quartiere Barca) 1957-62 – Arch. Giuseppe Vaccaro


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– Hi, Claudio. How would you describe this set of images?
– I think this selection is highly representative of my approach to architectural photography: oblique camera angles and sequences of parallel planes. All highlighted by cuts of light and shadows.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What usually attracts your visual attention?
– -I live in a city, Bologna, whose original medieval old town is a jewel of harmony. For my photographic work however, I am attracted to the outskirts of towns, which are chaotic and squalid. I love to seek and capture individual elements or perspectives that unveil an unobtrusive appearance or aestethic.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
-Photography of interiors: I am an interior designer and often use photography to document my work.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
-Like many amateur photographers who grew up on “chemical” photography, digital technology has rekindled a passion in me which was neglected due to a lack of time to devote in the darkroom. My intention is to turn my hobby into a business tied to to interior design publishing sector.


– 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 particularly find Luis Barragan’s Mexican architectures very photogenic. For opposite reasons I am intrigued by public housing estates in the ex-communist countries.


– What is your favorite camera?
– I’m currently using a Sony A900 with a Minolta 16-35 zoom. I will soon have a Minolta 20mm.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I worked on the images for a book dedicated to the “La Certosa” historical ceemetery in Bologna. An exhibition is being prepared. I have also provided images for interior design magazines both in print and online.


-Thank you, Claudio. I wish you success with your photography.

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.

04
Aug
11

zel nuñes :: scenarios formed by curves and lines


A selection of photos from zelnunes



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lnly lght (2011)



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mn (2010)



nsy lns nd crvs

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nsy lns nd crvs (2008)



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crvs (2007)



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crvs 3 (2007)




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crvs (2008)



– Hello, Zel. How would you describe this set of images?
– I think this selection resumes my obsession for geometry and the impact it has when you frame it separately from the context it belongs, curves and lines forming different and alternative scenarios even if you’re working with the very same set.

– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– I like to illustrate graphically how the world is made of dots, sometimes isolated, sometimes together, forming geometric elements. Today it has become a trend, especially in architectural photography, to overrate the “whole” as opposed to separate components. My job is, quite often, to dissect these architectural elements and bring them in sight of the viewer, exposing that which is most simple yet fundamental: lines and curves. And in this game of architecture and photography, the urban environment becomes a actual amusement park. Instinctively my visual attention turns to that which is not that evident to the public in general. For me it’s pleasurable to use the graphics, and sometimes minimalism to reveal what is not seen at first sight.

– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I try to explore various styles, even by the mere fact of exercising my eye and trying new approaches to my favorite subjects. But I always end up unwittingly back to my minimalist or graphic compositions.

– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I always expressed myself through visual arts, albeit in a very individual and shy manner. I’ve gone through phases of drawing, painting and have always valued the composition as a center of artistic aesthetic, ie, the composition in the foreground. Currently, photography is my tool for composing visually. I usually justify my style with the phrase: I do photographism and not photography.

– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– Depends on the day, but in general you can compose anywhere. Of course there are certain cities that I wish to know for their architecture and urban design such as Milan and Valencia.

– What is your favorite camera?
– Nikon D700. that is the only one I’ve got.

– Did your photos get published in any photo/art-books or magazines and where do you expose your works on internet (website, blog …)?
– I am proudly and honouredly thankful for several virtual exhibitions in many blogs and photography sites, specially when the image is taken as reference for a different approach to photography. The most recent exhibiton is in HydePark Photography magazine. I have also contributed with collective projects such as Azurebumble (Alan Wilson)’s HYPO-X-series and your Shadé II photo book, Steve on the run project, the exhibition catalog “A look beyond” and with the portfollio section for the Revista Continente (August edition).

– Thank you for the interview and permission to present your works in this gallery, I wish you all the best with your photography.

03
May
11

rita vita finzi :: catching the rhythm with a camera


Selection of photos from Rita Vita Finzi


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Am Spree


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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



13
Apr
11

elen@c :: architectural details and strong geometry


Selection of photos from elen@c


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Red cube (2009)


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Double (2009)


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Still stairs….. still red (2009)


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IXXX (2010)


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Cartellino rosso (2010)



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Giochi d’ombre (2009)


– Hello, Elena. How would you describe this set of images?
– The first three images were taken at the Fiera di Milano/Pero exhibition centre designed by Massimiliano Fuksas, I captured parts of the building with details in a distinctive red color. All these photos have a very strong geometric component that characterizes most of my pictures.


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

– I am an architect and I love architecture, photography stimulates me to visually explore it and differently appreciate it. I like to photograph architectural details, especially with a strong geometry. As Vladimir Nobokov once said: “Caress the detail, the divine detail”.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– Architectural and urban photography are my main interests, I especially like to photograph the art venues, galleries and museums because I’m attracted to the design of those buildings.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– To always improve in technique, never stop looking at everything with curiosity and to give a personal interpretation of what I see in my surrounding.


– 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 like to visit New York, Tokyo and Berlin, but in every city, every place, even where I least expect it, I can find what interests and inspires me.


– What is your favorite camera?
– I work with Canon Powershot G11.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– My photos are published only on Flickr.


-Thank you, Elena and all the best with your photographic work.

03
Apr
11

mluisa :: impressions of MAXXI in Rome


Selection of photos from mluisa


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Untitled (2010)


MAXXI - Roma

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MAXXI-Roma (2010)


a partire dal cemento....

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A pertire dal cemento … (2010)

Sbloccata !!!!

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Sbloccata !!! (2010)


assoluto

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Assoluto (2010)


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MAXXI (2010)


– Hello, Maria Luisa. How would you describe this set of images?
– All these photos are taken on the outside of MAXXI, Museum of Arts of the XXI Century, in Rome. I tried to highlight the fluid shapes of the building designed by Zaha Hadid, the soft plasticity of concrete and its relationship with the surrounding space. In these photos I did not focus on the building as an architecture, but I tried more to catch it almost like a sculpture.


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

– I am trained as an architect, then it is the concept of space that interests me most of all. I’m interested in its quality and “representabiliy” in the two dimensions allowed by photography. I’m also interested in the relationship between space and people who inhabit it, and the ability to transform it with their presence or absence. I’m fascinated by the ambiguous relationship that exists between “inside” and “outside”.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I am always interested in visual arts and I’m passionate about photographing the works in museums in relation to their users. Sometimes I tie my research to a surreal representation of space, as an “extension” of my basic themes (space, art, human use, inside and out), made by imagination.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I have always drawn, painted, molded, and now I photograph. Photography is a daily activity for me. I‘d like to learn how to use it and respond more closely to my expressive needs, and try to never exhaust the flow of inspiration it gives 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 often find my “dream location” in a corner of my house, or in the European cities I frequently visit … but the city that I would really like to photograph is Detroit. I’m interested in its spectacular and tragic decadence, comparable, for its dramatic intensity, only perhaps to that of Berlin in “Germany Year Zero”, by Roberto Rossellini.


– What is your favorite camera?
– I have always tried and used Nikon’s. My preferred camera is usually the most recent Nikon.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I only expose on Flickr, but some of my photos are on Getty images, in Shadé and Shadé#2 photo books by Brancolina and in the first issue of Doze Magazine.


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