Posts Tagged ‘urban photography

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.

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.

24
Aug
11

ben patio :: corners


A selection of photos from Ben Patio



Nice Niche

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Nice Niche (2009)


Deer Shelter

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Deer Shelter (2010)


Stairwell

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Stairwell (2010)


Surplus

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Surplus (2011)


Castle

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Castle (2011)


Seaward

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Seaward (2011)



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

You’ve picked out a few of my personal favourites in your selection: Deer Shelter, Castle, and Surplus are all photos that I’m pretty pleased with. Minimal but not too abstract, nice textures, beautiful light, strong lines and pleasing geometrical shapes.


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

I’m an architect and photography is very much a hobby. As an architect I’m interested in form, space, light, materials, textures, character. I think I use photography as a tool to help me refine these interests, maybe even as inspiration. I’m not too interested in photographing shiny new buildings, it doesn’t do much for me. I look for accidental architecture, hidden or forgotten spaces, elements that are very ordinary but take on a different resonance when placed in a photograph. I like boring, mundane or everyday subject matter because I think it forces me and the viewer to focus on lighting, composition, mood. Also odd or slightly surreal juxtapositions, combinations of textures or forms, or combinations of three-dimensional geometry / perspective that make pleasing two-dimensional images. In a wider sense I’m interested in the environment we create, how it interacts with nature, and also in exploring what beauty and ugliness mean. And I like finding moments of calm in the city, a lot of my photos are careful studies or crops that block out the ‘noise’.


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

I moved out to the countryside with my family a few years ago and was a bit disorientated photography-wise – I couldn’t find a way of creating images I liked. But it just required changing the way I looked at the landscape, and now I find plenty of inspiration when I go for walks, and in fact in some ways it has influenced my urban photography, which has perhaps got simpler, calmer.


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

It’s a way of relaxing, I suppose. A creative release from the pressurised world of my job. I deliberately don’t have any goals for my photography, and I try not to think too hard about it all. My ambitions are focussed on my day job. It’s great to get appreciation, though, via Flickr, and I’m always interested when a photograph I think is really good doesn’t get much feedback on Flickr, or the reverse.


– 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 really. With my time pretty much completely taken up by job and family, I don’t get that much time for photography. Most of my shots are taken on the way to and from meetings, or out and about with my kids. I don’t really ever plan any photoshoots – I enjoy the serendipity, I like stumbling across stuff. I enjoy visiting new places and especially cities, but I just take photos wherever I happen to be.


– What is your favorite camera?

At the moment I only use a little Canon Ixus. I carry it everywhere, absolutely everywhere. If I didn’t have such a portable camera, I wouldn’t take any photos, so it’s fairly important to me. Sometimes I yearn to get back to using more sophisticated cameras, but I know it wouldn’t work just now. In the future I’d like to do some film again, maybe check out Medium Format.


– Did your photos get published in any photo/art-books or magazines and where do you expose your works on internet (website, blog …)?

No, just my Flickr site. People encourage me to try to get published, exhibit, and it’s nice to be asked, but it’s not something I actively promote. That may change, though, who knows.


– Thank you for letting me present a selection of your works in the gallery and for answering questions of the interview. I wish you a nice future with your photography.

04
Aug
11

zel nuñes :: scenarios formed by curves and lines


A selection of photos from zelnunes



lnly lght

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lnly lght (2011)



mn

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mn (2010)



nsy lns nd crvs

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nsy lns nd crvs (2008)



crvs

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crvs (2007)



crvs 3

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crvs 3 (2007)




crvs

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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


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



15
Mar
11

gherm :: reflections on architecture


Selection of photos from gherm


The Fall of the House of Usher

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The Fall of the House of Usher


Squareflections

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Squareflections


Battleships

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Battleships


Windowdiness

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Windowdiness


Alternative

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Alternative


Treetment

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Treetment


– How would you describe this set of images?
– This set could be named Reflections on Architecture. Architecture is one of my centres of interest, but I like also seeing beyond… and reflections are a good way to do that.


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

– I like to walk in Paris (my city) with my camera. Its urban environment is particularly rich. I appreciate the juxtapositions and the oppositions of styles.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I don’t exclude any style, a priori. In each picture, I try to look differently, with a preference for abstraction.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– Doing an image I never saw before is my strongest motivation.


– 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 feel good in many European cities. The Italian cities, especially, are wonderful, I’m always surprised and delighted.


– What is your favorite camera?
– Canon EOS 40D. My ‘dream camera’ is Canon EOS 5D Mark II.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I’m a genuine amateur. My photos are on Flickr. No books yet, but I have 237 photos available on Getty Images. My pride : Canon used one of my pics for an ad!


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