Intimate Urban Landscapes

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Long ago I was told to pay attention to details. In the details I would find compositions and that in my frame I had control of the elements. To make the case we walked through the streets taking pictures of details. It remains one of my favorite types of photography, especially in a new city.

Here you see some art on a building in Montreal dating back to the sixties if not earlier. The picture was taken some years ago. I know many people who walked or drove by and never noticed it, or if they did it was a road marker in their mental map.

We have a tendency to take what we see around us for granted and the longer we remain in one place and the more familiar it is and the more unobservant we get. Honing our senses to overcome that means when we do venture somewhere new we see so much more.

Something worth thinking about when you take your camera out and get frustrated when you do not see anything worth photographing.

6 responses

  1. I totally agree with you, 100 per cent!

    It’s good to venture out to shoot people and places unknown but people are often suprised to see what they’ve overlooked close to home when they start looking at the details while connecting with those details sentimentally. They see and shoot in a whole new meaninful way.


    October 19, 2013 at 7:59 am

  2. I agree with you. In a similar vein, if you were told to pick a spot and you could only move 3 meters in any direction, how long would you stay there photographing? A fun and interesting exercise. Hint, bring something to sit and stand on to gain new perspectives. I have a large bucket with a seat. Great for carrying things, sitting and standing on.


    October 19, 2013 at 1:17 pm

  3. The problem I see with that is that people often seem to be quite paranoid when you take photos of building details for example as you did above. I got followed and stopped recently in Columbus, NE by a guy wanting to call the cops on me, because he thought I’m spying for a gang to rob houses. It took quite a bit of talking to convince him I’m one of the good guys. Another one asked me if I was ‘ from the CIA or the FBI or something’.


    October 20, 2013 at 6:46 am

    • I can no longer take photographs at outdoor concerts they have banned cameras with removable lenses. Makes about as much sense as the stories you tell. Unfortunate. That is all I can say.


      October 20, 2013 at 6:49 am

      • I was at a concert for my favorite artist – first time seeing her live! – fairly recently, and I was worried about bringing my camera whether I used it or not (I did want to use it, hehe). My sister and I were in the front row at the barricade. The photographer “pit” was on the other side along with the burly security guys. I just had my stubby 35 f/1.8, so I’m guessing they didn’t mind too much; maybe they would not have cared either way. I didn’t take a bunch of shots anyway; no great photos in the end, but it was a nice cheap thrill.

        Same thing going to some sporting events; they expressly forbid cameras with detachable lenses. Though in practice people bring them in and use them without a hitch. DSLRs if not ubiquitous are pretty common enough, so I imagine it’s not worth it. With the rise of mirrorless cameras, I wonder how many security people would even recognizes those as having detachable lenses. And with the rapidly improving quality of mobile device cameras it seems almost like an arbitrary restriction.


        October 27, 2013 at 7:33 am

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