Markus captures an empty world with only the traces of humans in it. Empty Streets, Train depots all the places which people create but vacate at the end of each day. the stillness is quite a contrast to the long exposures he uses, but that’s what really grabbed me about his work in the endless parade of thumbnails on flickr, each frame is so well thought out, it feels like it’s always existed. His pieces feel like stills from a film more often than not, where all the characters have just walked of the set. – Andrew Wurster 2013
Winter is not the happiest of times in Sweden. To most people it is a transport route to the green and warm spring, a piece of life that floats away and leaves a distinct feeling of emptiness. The ones who have the opportunity flee to warmer parts of the world to create new memories, but the ones who does not walk the slippery streets every day with low heads living in the old ones. Creativity goes down to a minimum, and often I feel that it is more productive to stay inside watching tv than to actually getting out there shooting, or whatever you usually do to stimulate your minds. But, and here is the important part, sometimes you have to fight to see something, and this is what I have done creating this series of images. At night and with frozen fingers I have tried to see the beutiful views in life, which happened to be the phenomenon of city lights reflecting and blending in the low snowy clouds creating a pink glow that only is visible this time of the year. In a contrast to the ”childish” colour these skies make, I have chosen to show the not so beauiful buildings on the ground. I think that this conrast, together with the emptiness of night, sets you in a mysterious mood, and I hope that you will know what I mean by looking at the pictures.
DOWNTOWN MAIN STREET POUGHKEEPSIE 2012
Founded in 1686 when two gentlemen, one English and one Dutch, purchased uppu qui ipis in (reed covered hut by the water) from Native Americans, Poughkeepsie, NY is midway between New York City and Albany on the Hudson River.
Known mainly for whale rendering in times past, the mid 20th Century ushered in IBM’s main plant as Poughkeepsie’s largest employer. A bustling downtown Main Street was central to dining, shopping and entertainment.
The Arterial Road, ringing the city, was built in the early ‘70s as a solution to downtown’s mounting traffic congestion. Instead, it diverted traffic away from Main Street to new shopping plazas and malls in outlying areas.
Attempting to cash in on the mall craze, the city closed off the two blocks of Main Street between Market St. and Academy St. to make a pedestrian mall in 1973, but the idea failed as shoppers and diners continued to flock to suburban malls and shopping centers.
When Main Street’s premier department store, Luckey Platt, closed in 1980, the downtown area was soon home to vagrants and the homeless. In 1981 Dutchess County’s Department of Social Services moved in nearby bringing welfare recipients into the mix.
Downtown Main Street quickly became host to crime, drug activity, gangs and prostitution. Seemingly nightly gang and drug-related murders ensured no one in their sane mind ventured down to Main Street for any reason.
The city reopened the street in 2001 planting the seeds for a slow recovery.
Even at its lowest point of adversity, downtown Main Street retained much of its Victorian Renaissance beauty. The area’s urban deterioration mixed with such regal architecture makes for a startling yet beautiful contrast.
Photography is my passion, especially night photography of urban
landscapes. I love the light that you find at night and at twilight. I’m attracted
to it like a moth. This light has magical properties that instantly adds mood to
any image. It reminds me a lot of the experience you get taking forest shots
in the fog, all of the clutter of day-to-day life fades away, letting you see and
feel more clearly the moods and emotions in the places we move about during
the day. There is a simplicity and clarity that is revealed when the sun goes
down and people go indoors. We are left alone in the landscape with our
It might be the clarity of the light or the general absence of people, but I find
you can see and think through a shot much more clearly at night. Emotions
are more heightened and raw, words are not necessary, it all gets distilled
down to feelings, how the scene makes you feel. Sometimes you come
across a place lit by a pool of light that has a distinct mood, sometimes you
can capture it and sometimes it eludes you, it’s always a challenge.
Like all photography, urban landscapes taken at night will only work if you
take care with the composition and perspective. I try for simplicity, and a
perspective that invites you to step into the image and to look around at what
is in front of you and sometimes even imagine what might also be behind you.
My images I hope evoke a story or highlight an emotion or memory, what they
may be, I leave to you. I hope you find the photographs here interesting.