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20 Jul

My name is Paul Rosenstein, and I got my first camera when I was 13.  I’ve been shooting on and off ever since.  Apparently, that’s over twenty years now.  I started focusing more on street photography about eight years ago, when I began taking rather close shots of interesting surfaces, street art, building siding, and the like.  Over the years, I have found myself retreating from my subjects, favoring longer views, framing more thoughtful compositions, and attempting to capture the emptiness of spaces rather than the noise of the extreme abstraction.  At least in part, I attribute my shifting vision to a possibly-pathological gear-restlessness.  I am currently working with the following cameras: Mamiya RB67 Pro-S, Bronica ETRSi, YaschicaMat 124, and a Nikon F2 and an F3.  I’ve always found that shooting different cameras and refreshing my gear bag occasionally helps drive creativity.  In fact, I enjoy the entire process: acquiring new gear, cleaning it up a bit, installing batteries (if nec), loading the film, developing the film at home, hanging it in the bathroom to dry, scanning it in, and posting online.  For me, this entire process—start to finish—is the making of a photograph, only the smallest part of which is the physical taking of it.  So while making a photograph today tends to begin and end on the internet, and therefore demands a workflow that few of us could have imagined twenty years ago, I love it all the same, just as much as I did when I got that first Nikon two decades ago.

At least to me, the power of urban photography lies in its ability to re-present as aesthetically interesting the utterly familiar and otherwise mundane.  Where many see only utility, the urban photographer sees beauty, and if he is an able photographer, he invites others to bear witness and unveils it for them.  In fact, with his tripod, handheld meter, and cable release, his mere presence outside office buildings, boiler rooms, back alleys, and loading docks is iconoclastic; and this, long before the completion of the photograph.  These are places we are not supposed to be, shooting subjects that are not supposed to be shot, finding the aesthetic where there is supposed to be only the instrumental.  By its very nature, then, urban photography is irreverent.  I find it to be a humble and elegant challenge to common sense.  In fact, I am reminded of its power each time a bystander confronts me to ask What do I think I am doing? and What is it for?  And, as anyone who does this sort of photographic work will surely attest, this means I am reminded constantly.  I seek only to contribute in some small way to the universe of urban photography established already by far better artists than I—many of whom are featured in the posts below.

My personal site is hosted at Cargo Collective

See also my Flickr feed

Some of my stuff is for sale at Crated

Walthamstow by Vibrant

8 Jul
I take rubbish pictures in every sense. My subjects are static, abundant and nearby. I don’t try to find beauty in them, I’m not a professional photographer.
 
Take a look at the contents and fittings of your home: beds, chairs, sofa, tables, cooker, fridge, toilet bowl, wardrobes, cabinets, carpets, rugs, shopping trolley, suitcases, laundry basket, curtains, blankets, duvets, clothes, television, washing machine, doors, toys, shoes, bric-a-brac, framed pictures and the content of the rubbish bin. They are all in my photos: mostly on pavements and in front gardens, occasionally on the street.
 
There is an apparent contradiction in rubbish dumping. The poorest the area, the greater the number of objects that are used for only a short stretch and then turfed out onto the pavement. Walthamstow is one of the many suburbs in the tourist-free, grimy belt that surrounds central London. A scruffy, dirty mishmash of traffic choked streets, overcrowded tenements, shabby shops and high deprivation. It has a dense, transient, low-income population that rents privately and tends to buy cheap stuff that doesn’t last or may not be suitable for the next tenant. Environmental degradation and respect for public spaces are not high on the agenda of either landlords or tenants. That said, a small posse of private developers, estate agents and creative-corporate types, are forever telling me that I live in a vibrant, urban paradise. My photos are in part an attempt to reconcile the cognitive dissonance their claims cause me.

Pixdar Photographies – On the footsteps of the past

11 Jun

 Pixdar on the footsteps of the past

“We spend all day in front, often without even lend a look … And yet, if it lingers a few moments, we take the time to look a little closer, these small quaint shops take us back, as the song of Charles Aznavour in “a time that those under 20 years can not know.”

Totally abandoned, awaiting demolition or transformed into housing, these old shops, signs and storefronts are in France as elsewhere, precious witnesses of an era. Faced with these shopping centers without any charm, which are mushrooming, it seems unimaginable to let them disappear without immortalize them. “


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Mare Island by The World and How I Hold It

6 Jun

I have an affinity for Mare Island. I learned how to make a

photograph there. I developed a set of aesthetic values

there. I have tried to tame chaos there. It is an

industrial wilderness. I am alone with my thoughts and

wander aimlessly there. I watch osprey there.

Mare Island is a peninsula alongside the city of Vallejo,

California. For over a century, Mare Island was the U.S. Navy’s

Mare Island Shipyard (1891-1995). The shipyard reached an

employment peak of 40,000 workers during World War II. In 1988

Congress scaled back production and employment dropped to around

10,000 workers. When Congress ordered the base closure, the

shipyard employed 5,800 workers.

Even in the short time I have been frequenting Mare Island, many

changes have taken place, both good and bad. A number of

buildings have been razed or lost to fire.  A 6.0 magnitude

earthquake in August 2014 did considerable damage as well. On the

other hand, many buildings are or in the process of being

renovated for commercial use (mainly office space). Industry has

continued and is still growing. There is even a small artist

community taking advantage of cheap studio space to ply their

crafts.

I’m drawn to the geometry and lines of these industrial

buildings. I’m concerned with time, the effects of friction, and

the unique ‘patina’ they create. I am captivated by the flux of

what accumulates in the environment and the commingling of

organic and synthetic matter.

Ultimately, I would like my photos to allow the viewer to see the

world as it is anew.

Detroit by Evan Helfrich

30 May

I live in Baltimore, Maryland. I stumbled into photography & started taking pictures about 10 years ago. One of my favorite places to photograph is Detroit — it is probably the most visually fascinating city in the U.S.A. It is filled with re-purposed buildings and hand-painted commercial signs, and art and self-expression covers most public spaces (and not just from graffiti artists and taggers.) Any bare wall becomes a place to communicate a message, and apocalyptic quotations from The Bible are commonplace.  I was talking with a guy who ran a towing operation, and when he started his business he had a local sign painter add his favorite bible verse to his building (“No Weapon Formed Against Me Shall Prosper, He’s My Lord -N- Conqueror”) along with several superhero cartoon characters. There is a lot of vibrancy and alive-ness in Detroit, and those who never get past the “ruins” miss out on what is truly interesting about the city.

Teo Fiorelli

23 May

I’m Italian, and I live in Mondolfo, a nice village in the hills by the Adriatic Sea. I live where I photograph and I photograph where I live.

Martin Cote – Anxiety

16 May

“I just feel like there are no words coming out. I mean I love to dance, so I let my body speak for me. But I’ll always dance alone.”

“People scare me. I’m scared of myself. Nobody should see me. I want to see everybody. I want to be everywhere. I want people to like me. I hate everyone.
I should then set myself here.”

    Anxiety vs Fear

Fear is a normal reaction to a real immediate stimulus, while anxiety is the expectation of a future threat.
The “Anxiety” series is a walkthrough of some places that not only attracted me for their confidence of living their past, present and future all at the same time, but I also felt some sort of relief being there. It shows how I’m not yet able to deal with people.

I’m always questioning myself about my future, my behaviour, which way I should go or who I should talk to. Those places attracted me like if I was pushed towards them. They welcomed me in the gentlest way, Sometimes I stare at them for minutes and back home I stare at pictures for hours. I feel eternity.

To find those places, I had to walk, to ask myself which way to go, to explore, everyday, and always carry a camera. One day you’ll look up at your environment in a totally different way. You’ll know then you’ve grown up.

I got into photography on a whim. A friend told me he wanted to study photography at school, so I followed him without any expectations. By that time I’d never touched a camera and he idea of taking pictures stroked me at the very moment my friend explained his intentions. What surprises me now is that I already had my own conception of photography, a picture of a picture.
You could say it was almost a gift from above, knowing that right now, I dedicated almost all my time to photography

http://www.martincote.org

Paul Turner

14 Apr

I live in Cheshire in the UK and have been interested in photography on and off for many years. I  bought a DSLR in early 2014, and started using it to take images other than family holiday pictures. I still consider myself new to photography and am always fascinated by the possibility of capturing glimpses of light. I am intrigued by the process of composition and its underlying complexity and subtlety.

 

It is often my aim to try and photograph the ordinary and everyday that is easily missed, overlooked or ignored by others and make it look different or unexpected just by the way it is framed or how the light or lack of light, affects mood. I suppose I am more interested in night photography because the transformation that takes place is so marked. It creates scenes that people see less and the way the camera sees at night can be slightly off kilter with our usual perception of places, hence the mood and atmospheric changes.

 

That is not to say that low light is the only type of photography I do as I like a variety of subject matter, and find the technical aspects fascinating too. It is often the case that I see other images and read about lens combinations and camera settings which influence the direction of my work. There is so much to learn and so much that affects the outcome of the final image.

 

I take a lot of inspiration from people that I follow on Flickr and try and learn from the way others work, I guess everyone does that … it is what photo sharing is and why it can be inspirational and affecting. I am happy to think that something in my work may spark an interest along someone else’s journey in photography.

 

You can see my photostream here;

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lenbaby/

Albrecht Schlotter

12 Apr

I live in a small town near Frankfurt.

Since 2007 I have been photographing digitally.

With my camera (currently a Fuji X-M1), I explore my homearea, whenever I have the time and inclination to do so. Sometimes I regret that I have no camera with me, because just a fantastic light is there.

The light is the nuts and bolts of the whole affair. I normally use the available light. My studio is the given space, the street, the landscape, the park and so on. My models are the existing objects in the space. They stand there completely relaxed. They are such as they are, they are authentic.

Sometimes people walk into the scene or are already part of it. Then I look at them also as objects.

I try to bring the objects in the space in an interesting tension with each other and map them so that they come across beneficial. This I owe them.

Photography is finally an aesthetic medium, so it comes to beauty, and thus also to love. Each object is adorable in its own way. Who has understood this, gets a different sense of life.

With photography, I try to create a more intense relationship with the environment. If this is clearly in a shot, its succeeded.

If you want to see more of my work, you can do it here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rucko07/

https://www.facebook.com/albrecht.schlotter

http://aschlotter.tumblr.com/

Tokyo Volume 2 by Andrew Wurster

3 Apr

I’ve been revisiting my Tokyo images recently and wanted to post more to this blog. This is a bit of a miscellaneous collection of various locations in Tokyo. I really hope to go back and explore more, maybe concentrating on one or two particular areas sometime soon.

https://www.facebook.com/andrew.wurster

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