In life, I like the variety around us that makes everything interesting, awakes our curiosity and brings us into an even richer world. With regards to photography, I try to capture the feelings and the images of life’s beauties and varieties that exist in many ways, from very small details to very wide views. I am looking for the contrasts in places, in colors, in different kind of buildings and I try to bring out the live parts of all this amazing mixture called ‘city’ by integrating people in the most natural way possible. There is also something mysterious and fascinating about how all these go along together… These pictures were taken in the “Museum Quarter” in Vienna, a place that really inspired me with its life and contrasts.
Portsmouth is the United Kingdom’s only island city. It is surrounded by water and packed with people. Despite miles of spacious pebbled coastline it is still the most densely populated city outside of London. With over 200,000 people crammed into 13 square miles of land
The top level of a car park offers an urban haven from the masses below. It offers a unique physical space that is incomparable to any other public space in the city. Car parks are designed and constructed to be filled with thousands of machines. There are times however when they are devoid of all human presence. In these moments they can provide peaceful solitude and an eerie yet soothing silence.
I suppose it is the scale of physical space, and the sense of urban isolation it provides that I am attempting to capture on camera. Once daylight disappears, the artificial light can imbue the vacant space & surrounding views with an ethereal quality. I find this otherworldly look both welcoming and visually pleasing.
I avoid shots that look down on the city below as I think they create a sense of voyeurism that I am not interested in for these images. I prefer the feel of shots that look straight ahead, whether into tall buildings or an empty sky. This perspective helps present a feeling of detached isolation whilst also conveying the insignificance of what is below.
It is that insignificance after all, which I am escaping from.
Paris’s eastern suburbs
The eastern suburbs of Paris remained a forgotten territory until 1998 and the FIFA World Cup. Since then, new buildings arise every day, from Company Headquarters to Ministerial offices.
But a trace from the past is still remain.
© Thierry Cariou (2009/2013)