Posts tagged “Urban Photography

Brutalism

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Brutalism is a form of architecture that really does nothing except for being functional. The pretence of many modern buildings to consider themselves fine architecture is absurdism. As a photographer mockery is within our grasp.


What the Window Sees

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One technique I like is using window reflection to frame something that then becomes the subject; catching the eye or causing the viewer to think.


Angles

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The rule says concentrate your viewers’ eyes on the subject, make it standout. Also note that some of the worlds greatest painters create scenes with a whole lot going on, sometimes unrelated, with the sole purpose of keeping their audience occupied or telling a story. Then there is impressionism and abstract art where the subject is not always the point. For the most part photography has focused on realism and clarity more than anything else. Personally I like a lot of facets.


Ruins

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These are the ruins of an old bike shop. Abandoned places like this make for great photography.


Nothing Here

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I cannot think of a better way to say that there is nothing here.


Looking About

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My cure for feeling that I see nothing to shoot is to look at things from a different perspective, one not intended. This is the pedestal of a statue.


Strange Two

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The sky and the weathered concrete have an almost end of world look. Lowering highlights alway enhances great skies.


Strange

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Sometime reflections add a surreal edge to a photo. The technique was much used in early cinema noire.


Glass No.7

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A proud door reflects its view.


Glass No.6

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Windows add light to this odd balloon advertising an exhibit on germs.


Glass No.5

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Getting low for the reflection in a lobby creates an interesting and unusual point of view.


Glass No.4

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Juxtaposition is another way I have taken photos including glass, landscape and foreground subjects.


Glass No.3

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Glass for glass sake is another approach to street glass photography.


Glass No.2

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Reflections can get very abstract, almost cubist.


Glass No.1

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In my street photography I have found glass to be a wonderful part of any subject.


Imagination-2

 

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I never liked the four walls of an office, and still have a hard time sitting for a long time. Seeing these office windows made me realize nothing has changed, I still feel the same way.


Harsh

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It appears to be too expensive to avoid harsh brutal architecture these days. I am seeing more and more modern brutal architecture. At least in this view there is mix of media (steel and concrete), a window or two would have been nice.


An Old Complaint (Two Photographs)

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It used to be that the phrases “time is money” and the “customer is always right” had meaning. We didn’t toss things out that worked for other things just because they were shiner and newer. Clients were not made to work harder for a not quite the same result. Help lines and complaints were listened to and not downplayed. But as corporations grew, seeing innovation as a mark of progress and their clientele grew into large numbers, only the corporation’s time mattered, only the corporation’s concerns mattered and those who had problems became whispers in the dark talking to help centres that could do nothing but parrot the corporate line.

At the end of 2021 unless WordPress keeps the old editor I will end this blog. I have better things to do than rail at a windmill.


Local Art (Two Photographs)

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There has always been a rich array of public art where I live, these were taken pre-pandemic. Since the pandemic the growth has been exponential to the degree that many of the latest murals are reported in the local paper, giving due credit to the artists involved.


A Matter of Taste (Three Photographs)

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I like these shots or I would not publish them. One of the lessons I have learned in photography, is that no two people see things the same way or have the same aesthetic appreciation. I don’t expect everyone to choose their favourite among the three shots. I do hope, however, that one or more of these will have something in it for all (I call this the photographer’s prayer) :).


Sunlight (Two Photographs)

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You read that midday sun is the worst for photography, but I am a fan of the harsher shadows and interesting skies. Light is light after all. Learning to use it to best advantage is an important part of photography.


Modern Perspectives (Two Photographs)

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These were taken in the National Gallery of Canada, a magnificent building. The first is done with a dutch tilt. Like the rule of thirds it is one of many standards taught in some photography schools and highly rated in some photography clubs. I believe there is a time and a place for these techniques but they are infrequent. The second photograph tries a textured layered approach to what is a gallery and staircase. Another approach I would use sparingly.


Brick (Three Photographs)

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I find patterns in brick interesting and I have shot a few series showing off some of these more intimate bits of the urban environment. In this case all three are in black and white ensuring the detail of the designs are front and centre. The colour versions will follow as they are part of the series, but they convey an entirely different story.


Natural Modern (Two Photographs)

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It seems the city is always cutting down trees, and trees give life to the city. This tree trunk struck me as looking a bit like modern art. I faded out the background to emphasize the tree. This once taking the city away from the tree.