Archive | June, 2014

City Focus – Terrassa by Xavier Aragones

25 Jun

If you ask anyone in Catalonia about Terrassa, you will likely get one of the following answers:

1- It is an inland city, about 20 km (12 miles) northeast of Barcelona, with a population of 215,000.
2- lt played a very important role in the Catalan industrial revolution of the late 1800s and early 1900s.
2- It is the birthplace of famed FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernández.
3- It has an ancient and quite nonsensical rivalry with the neighboring city of Sabadell.

Apart from all that, Terrassa is also the city I have been living in for the last 5 years.

I have always been especially attracted to what the architect Ignasi de Solà-Morales used to call “terrain vague”: abandoned lots, decaying post-industrial sites, semi-rural areas around bridges or near rivers, etc.

Lately I have been embarking on a series of early morning walks to explore and document (mostly on 35 mm film) the inner and outer fringes of Terrassa. Here are a few examples. If you wish to see more photographs from this project please visit http://xaragones.powweb.com/koken/albums/malarrassa/

City Focus : Baltimore by Steve Walsh

17 Jun

I prefer the name Smaltimore over Charm City. One overly ambitious mayor attempted to brand Baltimore, “The City That Reads.” Perhaps because of our history, there is a pervasive grittiness and determination from those that live in the city. There’s also pride in the quirky; respect for the absurd. Think John Waters and Formstone. We have come to accept imperfections. Though pockmarked and littered, Baltimore alleys speak to our character.

Baltimore once contained a thriving middle class supported by physical, industrialized labor. In the 1950’s, the city observed the beginnings of a persistent population decline as the nature of work changed and socio-economic conditions deteriorated. Demand for shipping, steel processing, and automotive manufacturing declined leaving the local economy dominated by lower wage service jobs and an unbalanced contribution from higher wage, higher skilled science and health-focused occupations. The decline in population accelerated due to race riots in the late 1960’s and crippling drugs and blight in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Time heals all wounds, it seems, and signs of growth are emerging.

I frequently find myself exploring neighborhoods at night. I appreciate the quiet. The change in light soothes our coarseness and highlights our possibilities. Welcome to Bal’mer, Hon.

Ingolf Heinsch

13 Jun

Hafenkante – Ingolf Heinsch

‘Hafenkante’ is a german colloquial term meaning a quay wall. In other words you could say it is the borderline between land and sea, solid and liquid or as in this shots light and darkness.

This series happened more by accident rather than be planned. It was on a trip to Sweden last year where my girlfriend and me took a fairy boat from an industrial harbor. As my mind is always on the scout for a kind of isolated moments especially in crowded places this space was perfect. For me it´s like wearing a ‘visual headphone’ with my favorite music.

On some days i´am lucky enough to capture those fleeting moments.

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Pekka Nikrus – City Focus – Helsinki

8 Jun

If one would imagine that photographers were hunter-gatherers, I guess I would be more of a gatherer than a hunter. Occasionally I do hunt for some particular image or motive, but mostly I am gathering pictures. It’s not unlike people wandering off to the woods to pick berries or mushrooms. I pick photos from my surroundings. All kinds of photos. Some days I get a good catch, especially if I’m in the right mood. Other days I return home empty handed.

For me photography is both a way of exploring and researching concepts of looking and seeing, while it also is a language for conveying these explorations. I don’t shoot any particular subjects, rather I use different subjects to gain more understanding in my explorations.

Through this process, which is quite organic, themes, series and concepts slowly emerge, giving a photographic form to both observations of the surroundings as well as my own inner visions. These lead to new thoughts, new paths to follow, new pictures to be taken. It is a reflective and iterative process that keeps feeding itself.

One theme I have pursued for a long time is “of man and environment” where I collect evidence of human interaction, impact and influence without showing the humans themselves. These five observations are from the environment of my hometown, Helsinki.

Willy Vecchiato – Burano

3 Jun

Willy Vecchiato - Burano ii

Willy Vecchiato – Burano ii

Burano is an island in the venetian lagoon, closed to Venice.
The peculiarity of Burano is the colours: there are many small brightly painted house.
The colours of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development; if someone wishes to paint their home, one must send a request to the government, who will respond by making notice of the certain colours permitted for that lot.
My aim is bring out a different point of view of this colorful place with an unusual black and white.
Ted Grant sayd: ‘When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph in B&W, you photograph their souls!
I tried to capture the soul of Burano.

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