Posts tagged “City Landscape

Chiaroscuro (Two Photographs)

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Chiaroscuro is a term for the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, modeling with light in painting and drawing. I have yet to see a definition that applies chiaroscuro directly to photography. But it does often apply.

More of Montreal (Three Photographs)

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There are parts of Montreal where everything is covered in street art or graffiti. I haven’t the slightest idea what is behind the doors, nor for that matter do I understand the writing in the graffiti. I found the colour overwhelming, so I did these in black and white, which I think gives a better idea of the details.

Refections (Two Photographs)

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I often think that modern mirrored buildings are created to catch the reflection of older more interesting buildings either because we cannot afford to build as we did years ago or we have lost the aptitude. So given that thought, these two photos show reflections of greater interest than what is reflecting them. How’s that for a mouthful.

Known and Unknown (Four Photographs)

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In my view the best kinds of city photography are those where there is some mystery and intimate detail. It’s always nice to have people in your photos. In some places that can pose legal issues e.g. the province of Quebec whose privacy laws are quite strict. Even when it’s okay not everyone wants his or her picture taken. There are many challenges in photography and it’s a pity that the legal challenges are growing.




Street Photography (a new Gallery)

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I used to love street photography. The works of Bresson, Lartigue and many others have street photography as their bedrock. The other day I was out with my wife on a pedestrian mall as she was testing her new lens. A woman came up and asked us to delete any photos of her. Legally she hadn’t a leg to stand on and yet my sense of ethics said to delete them, had we taken a photo. We had not. Last year the outdoor music festivals banned cameras with exchangeable lenses. The list of ways in which the camera has become an issue grows daily.

The world has changed and there is nothing much that can be done about it. The camera clubs still descend on the tourist sites to do street photography in areas where they are less likely to be challenged. But in almost every other area one must be wary, not just because of the traditional issues arising from taking candid photographs but because of the new found love for privacy, and increasing distaste for the surveillance society we live in. Not to mention new laws and procedures that makes some photography suspicious in the eyes of the state. From what I have read and seen the issue exists in many countries. While it may slow some of us down, it certainly will not stop this genre of photography. What it might do is to remove from history some of the record of what life was like, and intimidate, if not discourage some talented artists and further complicate the ethics of photography.

As you can tell from the gallery I define street photography quite broadly!