I’m a French photographer based in Valence, a small and quiet city in the south-east of France. My work deals with the tracks and signs we leave along our streets and roads to communicate, inform, entertain and direct ourselves. Everywhere I go in my country, I carry around my medium-format camera and Kodak Portra films, avoiding to take pictures of people and touristic places.
I am a photographer. I live in Paris, France. Actually the place where i shot does not matter that much. No matter where i go, i always find myself photographing the same walls, sidewalks and other doors. I never felt the need to have people in my pictures, as what seems lifeless is, for me, on the contrary, very alive. I love minimalism and even a form of poetry of emptiness in my pictures. I am actually searching for an harmony in my photographs that i don’t find in life which is often too violent for me. As well as i do perfectly control and understand the process of doing interior photography (my work) I do not understand the process of how i do my personal pictures. I have rather the feeling that i am receiving the picture rather than really doing it myself in a very conscious and controlled way. So i keep on doing pictures until magic happens from time to time. Delphine Quême
When I walk in the streets of Quebec city, I sometimes notice the unusual presence of objects placed on a sidewalk, in a backyard or along an industrial building. Isolated by photography, these detritus take another meaning and can be seen as accidental artworks made and placed in the city by anonymous artists.
Abandoned couches. You’ve probably seen some on the streets or in the alleys where you live, or maybe discarded by the side of the road, or even tossed willy-nilly into a field or patch of empty land somewhere. What are they doing there? How did they get there? What happens to them? A few years ago, I was inspired by a fellow Flickr photographer who goes by the handle petalum to shoot and in a sense create backstories for all of these seemingly random pieces of furniture in the wild. His anthropomorphizing theory was that all of these sofas had somehow escaped their indoor bondage, and were now on the move somewhere — anywhere — but free. Something about the juxtaposition of these pieces, designed for indoor comfort and intimacy, but now exposed and vulnerable on their journeys, has appealed to me ever since. I’m constantly on the lookout for them, mostly in San Francisco, where I live, but pretty much everywhere I travel as well. Sofa Free forever!
I recently had a quick break in Tokyo, to visit a friend and to explore the biggest urban conglomeration in the world, with a population of around thirty five million people it’s a remarkably complex place. I’ve visited once before in 2003 and it was a pleasure to visit again, given the size the way everything functions is like clockwork for the most part, the train system is very efficient and people are polite, if generally kind of disconnected. The variation in architecture was quite remarkable from tiny suburban hovels to the sparkling towers & neon of Shinjuku and a surprsing amount of small historical buildings dotted around. The thing which sticks with me more than anything else, having lived in Melbourne for many years is the fact that you’re never alone, no matter what. As soon as you walk out the front door there are people, and it continually denser as you gravitate towards the commercial/business/entertainment districts. I’m sure Ill be making many more visits to Tokyo each experience will be vastly different I’d expect.
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I made these photographs to document what i see, and what i felt when i saw these seemingly “Ordinary” items and things in the streets of my new hometown of Ilam, Iran.
I was attracted to the natural symmetry that these ordinary and common place things present to my eyes whenever i venture out to the streets. I admit that i have spent barely three years in Ilam, but still, the place intrigues me. I have spent years photographing street scenes in the Philippines, but nothing prepared me to the mystery, to the enigma and to the mystique presented by these common, day to day occurrences that would seem suburban to locals, but has presented a whole vista of patterns, colors, shapes and organization that has revealed a different meaning to a newcomer like me. These would seem meaningless to many, but this series signifies a new start, a new way of looking and a new beginning in terms of my vision and of my work as a photographer and documentarist.
I’m Jim Dobbins. I photograph my local urban environment.
My photographs are an effort to discover compelling images in this environment.
Beyond the images there is no narrative.
Storefronts are all similar and each is different. Character comes at you writ large, the neighbourhood’s history
in the building, the narratives of style and function.
Come closer and today’s business may not be what the first builder envisaged. Like a person showing years and
altered dreams, these building faces show edges of past disappointments and hope for the future.
In front, the people of Toronto walk by as ever.
URB-vanity is a photography project now in its tenth year.
In this time I have learned to love the architecture.
I visited various European cities in search of their buildings and public spaces.
They are a great theatre that never disappoints, they light the walking and clothe & the people who inhabit them.
Seeking the atmosphere all create space and geometry, light and silhouettes.
It’s an exciting game.
See more of the series at
If you ask anyone in Catalonia about Terrassa, you will likely get one of the following answers:
1- It is an inland city, about 20 km (12 miles) northeast of Barcelona, with a population of 215,000.
2- lt played a very important role in the Catalan industrial revolution of the late 1800s and early 1900s.
2- It is the birthplace of famed FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernández.
3- It has an ancient and quite nonsensical rivalry with the neighboring city of Sabadell.
Apart from all that, Terrassa is also the city I have been living in for the last 5 years.
I have always been especially attracted to what the architect Ignasi de Solà-Morales used to call “terrain vague”: abandoned lots, decaying post-industrial sites, semi-rural areas around bridges or near rivers, etc.
Lately I have been embarking on a series of early morning walks to explore and document (mostly on 35 mm film) the inner and outer fringes of Terrassa. Here are a few examples. If you wish to see more photographs from this project please visit http://xaragones.powweb.com/koken/albums/malarrassa/