I have long been fascinated by the urban landscape, and the photographic opportunities that it affords the careful observer. Finding “beauty in the ordinary” drives much of my photography and I aim for a minimalist aesthetic wherever possible. This might explain my increasing use of black and white images, captured both digitally and on film. Less is more.
The first two images are taken from a series on Car Parks, where I made images in empty car parks at night using a phone camera and high quality digital camera. I was interested in whether images from devices with very different optical characteristics could be brought together into a cohesive whole.
The third image was made on medium format film at night in a deserted industrial warehouse area. I like the disjunction between the illuminated street scene in the background and the illuminated window panes in the foreground. The image could be a collage of unrelated elements but it was real.
The fourth image was made near the Sydney Opera House. It was a sunny late afternoon and the area was full of tourists and wedding parties queuing to have their photographs taken on the Opera House forecourt or nearby Botanic Gardens. Amazingly, no one seemed to notice this stairway, touched by the sun but still dark and foreboding in convict-era granite. It thought of Eugene Atget and the streets of Paris. Were it not for the electric street light, it could have been taken in the 19th century.
I was attracted to the final image (another stairway … am I developing an obsession?) because of the strong graphical elements created by the stair rails, light towers and shadows of an industrial area of Helsinki, Finland.
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