Archive | March, 2014

London Urban Photography by Dimitri Hon

27 Mar

Having worked across a few architecture and commercial real estate publications over the past few years, I seem to have developed a counter aesthetic to the way the built environment is portrayed in marketing materials and industry media. I like showing places for what they are, usually with very flat, two-dimensional head-on angles and more realistic degrees of saturation etc, as apposed to the glitzy way the developers would like you to see them. That’s not to say I think these places are always ugly – just that you can find the more interesting parts of a skyscraper or shopping centre if you go around the back to where they keep the bins or where the access ramp for the deliveries is.

After seeing the work of Chris Dorley-Brown and Michael Collins (and subsequently an entire clique of Flickr members) I had a kind of realisation that there was this particular style of documentary photography (usually from north-western Europe with a few exceptions) that was appealing to me and seemed natural. These neutral, matter-of-fact images really pushed me in the direction I’ve taken in photographing the spaces we occupy or the weird, dead-spaces in-between places. Something that is quite common in cities – a lot of it is planned but there are always awkward gaps and accidental vistas between these planned areas.

The social implications of the built environment are constantly wheeled-out and argued over and are more often than not used by developers themselves now as a form of coercion on local government and residents alike. I’ve never consciously thought about the larger issue when taking pictures but my own cynicism of the industry is clearly there in the background. It’d be wrong to say that’s the main driver behind these pictures though, I genuinely just find these sort of places interesting and strangely beautiful. Most the time.

Peter Gale – MOMA

16 Mar
Patient “P” suffers from what we psychiatrists call “Post-Exhibition Perceptual Syndrome”, a delusional state where everyday objects are perceived to be works of art.  In its mild form, the condition is not uncommon.  Whilst visiting a modern art exhibition, not a few people start to wonder whether ordinary things like light switches, signs and random marks on the wall are, in fact, exhibits.  Indeed, some may feel they prefer them to the actual works on display.  This state can sometimes persist for a while after leaving the exhibition, so that objects in everyday life can seem like artworks, too.  Unfortunately, Patient “P” has a more extreme form in which he scours his environment for such entirely unintentional “artworks”.  He goes so far as to maintain a photographic record of these.  To illustrate his condition, some of the photographs are shown below.
There is no better example than exhibit 1, which is nothing more than a glass case of fire-fighting equipment at Bank station in the City of London.  However, “P” insists that it must be a secret commission by London Underground of Damien Hirst vitrine.  He even has a title for it: “The Potential for Life in the Matter of Something Inanimate”.  What can that even mean?  When pressed, he rambles incoherently about carbon and reincarnation.
We can only hope that “P” responds to treatment, but I’m afraid he shows little sign of doing so yet.

Urban Minimalism by Ljubisa Buzic

2 Mar

Most of these places are actually located at very busy spots in the city with lots of people going by every day.

Photography as a process of removing all distractions. The other side of everyday life.Ljubisa Buzic Ljubisa Buzic Ljubisa Buzic Ljubisa Buzic IMG_1418

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