Posts Tagged ‘cityscapes

22
Jul
12

Martin Stavars : “Nightscapes – Tokyo” Series (Photography)

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“Nightscapes-Tokyo”
Martin Stavars
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2010
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“Nightscapes-Tokyo”
Martin Stavars
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2010
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“Nightscapes-Tokyo”
Martin Stavars
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2010
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“Nightscapes-Tokyo”
Martin Stavars
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2010
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“Nightscapes-Tokyo”
Martin Stavars
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2010
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“Nightscapes-Tokyo”
Martin Stavars
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2010
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“Nightscapes-Tokyo”
Martin Stavars
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2010
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I’ve always been fascinated by landscapes – places that are absolutely desolate, where I can stay one on one with nature. For me, the growing joy right before pressing the shutter button as well as the possibility of interacting with the world filled with inspiration is as important as the creative act itself. This initial fascination has rapidly grown into obsession that eventually took control over my life. Since the beginning of my adventure with photography, every landscape has been an unforgettable experience, thanks to which I’ve learned how to interpret light – the single most important (and the single most waited for) factor that shapes my images. On the other hand, lighting is directly connected with another key element of photography – luck. Proper weather, interesting cloud patterns or even a couple of sunrays breaking through the clouds, have many times decided that after a couple of failed attempts I was able to reach a satisfactory effect the moment nature displayed her unpredictable face.

Lately, my interests widened to cityscapes, where I pursue qualities characteristic to nature – harmony and peace. As it’s getting harder to find traits like that in our more and more hectic world, while taking pictures in the biggest European cities I had to develop the most important virtue of a photographer – patience. That’s one of the reasons why there are usually no people (or only their silhouettes) in most of my photographs. But such character of my work is also a result of other factors. Whereas taking pictures with the main focus on a person involves emotions that are relatively easy to define, depicting an empty street or portraying pulsing nature usually requires different feelings that have to fill in for the missing elements, thus making such photographs more than a simple document. – Artist Statement

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Martin Stavars : Website

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21
Apr
12

Ward Roberts : ‘Billions’ Series (Photography)

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‘Billions’ Series
Ward Roberts
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‘Billions’ Series
Ward Roberts
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‘Billions’ Series
Ward Roberts
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‘Billions’ Series
Ward Roberts
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‘Billions’ Series
Ward Roberts
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‘Billions’ Series
Ward Roberts
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‘Billions’ Series
Ward Roberts
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‘Billions’ Series
Ward Roberts
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One may find the concepts explored in Ward Roberts’ Billions series confronting, given that the images within this series represent a fast-forming reality, predicted to be the dystopian future not so long ago. But the present is never perceived as the future we envisaged in the past. We move along the arrrow of time as stationary observers, watching the world transform before our very eyes, yet rarely aware of our transition into ‘the future’.

Billions removes us from this stationary reality for a brief moment, lifting us to the surface for air. From this detached place, these images allow us to see our world, yet we feel neither comfortable nor uncomfortable about it. We find the challenges of cognitive mapping, the loss of individualism, that theorists like Fredric Jameson were concerned with. But we seem not to feel alarm.

Perhaps we have evolved along with our ideas, with our effects on the world and its dynamic entropy. Our minds have unconsciously integrated what was, through past eyes, a forecast of chaos. In our times, the concept of a billion no longer overwhelms us. As these photographs show us, we can stay solid and identify connectedness between floating transparencies. We now recognize a new kind of whole. It’s work that allows you to recognize your world and your place within it that is truly effective. x

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Ward Roberts : Website

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01
Feb
12

Alisdair Miller : ‘Urban’ Series (Photography)

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‘Arrival’
Alisdair Miller
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‘Untitled’
Alisdair Miller
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‘Amongst Giants’
Alisdair Miller
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‘Infinity’
Alisdair Miller
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‘The Bridge’
Alisdair Miller
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‘Modernity’
Alisdair Miller
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‘New Light’
Alisdair Miller
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Alisdair Miller : Website

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06
Jan
12

William Eckersley : “Dark City” Series (Night Photography)

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Initially inspired by the stillness of London at night, photographer William Eckersley began experimenting in late 2007 and after four years of stunning large format photography, he’s published a book of these works called ‘Dark City’ which promise a compelling view of unseen London. –  view here

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‘Factory, Tree And Moon Behind Silhouette, RM9’
(c-type print / 2010)
“Dark City” Series
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‘Spotlit Steps From Fire Exit, SE1’
(c-type print / 2008)
“Dark City” Series
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‘Trolleys In Car Park, CR0’
(c-type print / 2010)
“Dark City” Series
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‘Bridge Over Canal, E15’
(c-type print / 2009)
“Dark City” Series
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‘Bend In Pedestrian Tunnel, SE1’
(c-type print / 2008)
“Dark City” Series
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‘Shopping Arcade, SE1’
(c-type print / 2008)
“Dark City” Series
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‘Lake And Four Housing Blocks, SE2’
(c-type print / 2010)
“Dark City” Series
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At night, a once flat world illuminated by dull, grey daylight is transformed under the cloak of darkness. Garish spotlighting casts deep shadows and silhouettes, with hues of pink, cyan and orange. The stage is devoid of its human players and seems to showcase the scenery’s forgotten beauty, revealing a stark and otherworldly aesthetic in a city drained of its occupants. The built environment, deliberately contrived to service the needs and desires of humanity, makes sense in the context of teeming human life – without this however, its inherent functionality no longer visible, our urban spaces appeared to stand forlorn, waiting to be judged on their genius or folly, beauty or ugliness… [Extract : Stucco Press]

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William Eckersley : Stucco Press

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01
Dec
11

Matthew Pillsbury : ‘Screens’ Series (Photography)

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wynn, las vegas
‘screens’ series
photography
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tanya & sartaj gill
‘screens’ series
photography
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self portrait
‘screens’ series
photography
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piano
‘screens’ series
photography
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beaver bay
‘screens’ series
photography
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monument valley
‘screens’ series
photography
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“A photograph can reveal extraordinary visual truths that lie beyond the limits of our perception of the world. We all know that in using a short exposure, a photograph can capture things we cannot see. A celebrated example is Muybridge’s study of the biomechanics of a galloping horse. In using much longer exposures, from a few minutes to over an hour, I seek truths and beauty in our everyday world that are equally surprising to us.” Matthew Pillsbury

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Matthew Pillsbury : Website

Bonni Benrubi Gallery

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03
Nov
11

Richard Galpin : Peeled Photographs

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Spheres
Peeled Photograph
71 x 85 cm
2010

Fantasy Mouse
Peeled Photograph
123 x 101 cm
2005

Splinter Cell III
Peeled Photograph
100 X 87 cm
2010

The Other Side (New York)
Peeled Photograph
155 X 106 cm
2004

Brace III (breach)
Peeled Photograph
76 x 95 cm
2011

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Richard Galpin’s complex art works are derived from the artist’s own photographs of chaotic cityscapes. Using only a scalpel Galpin intricately scores and peels away the emulsion from the surface of the photograph to produce a radical revision of the urban form. The artist allows himself no collaging, or additions of any kind – each delicate work is a unique piece made entirely by the erasure of photographic information. The works enact a re-imagining of the city, but their futuristic vision is predicated on the city as it is now, with the intricate details bearing traces of contemporary urban experience. Playing between abstraction and representation, the works draw their visual language from a variety of early 20th century movements such as Constructivism, and Vorticism…

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Richard Galpin : Website

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