Archive | May, 2016

Parking – By Dick Snaterse

23 May

I am a Dutch photographer and like to explore urban cities, my own hometown Rotterdam, other Dutch towns but also a few times a year cities like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Antwerp. It is fascinating to see how cities work, transportation, living, housing, suburbs, relaxation, urban planning, public transport, urban construction, parking and so on. Especially I am interested in the urban city landscape, the beauty of nowhere places, the banal, the ordinary things. Places everybody use and pass by without seeing them. My explorations I do by foot, I walk early in the morning or late in the afternoon, just after sunrise or around sunset, away from the beaten tracks, walk trough back alley’s, enter parkings, enter buildings, climb stairs to find interesting places and locations to photograph them in an objective way just as they are. I try to minimise the human figure in my photo’s because I want the focus on the ordinary place where everything you see is human altered, in that way the human hand is always present in my photography. In the composition of my photos I like to make use of lines, light, shadows and colors. I post-proces my photo’s in Lightroom, if necessary I do some alterations in color balance, contrast, highlights, shadows and sharpening. I like to photograph with a wide angle 17mm lens on my Canon camera or a small handy and light Leica.

I am inspired by the German ‘Dusseldorf School’ from Hilde and Bernd Becher and the American ‘New Topographics’ movement, especially photographers as Stephen Shore, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff, Lewis Baltz, Robert Adams and Frank Gohlke. My travels and walkings brings me enough inspiration for photography projects, currently I am working on several projects: Parkings; Road signs; From above; Urban decay; Outlets, Construction, Urban topography and 500 metres.

 

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You can see more of my work on: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dicksnaterse/

Pedestrian Photographs by Jack Toolin

10 May

Pedestrian Photographs were made in the first years of living in San Francisco after moving from Pittsburgh, PA – this was the mid ‘80s. It’s commonly known that Pittsburgh is/was an industrial city – I grew up not far from the steel mills. What is less known is the quality of light in the area: it is often overcast, giving a softer light and sense of atmospheric perspective that attends humid weather. This is the cultural and photographic atmosphere that I grew up with and in which I began photographing.

Adjusting to the light in the San Francisco area was challenging as the light was brilliant and contrasty – no more pretending to be a landscape painter of the Northern Renaissance. 🙂 I adopted the shadows as compositional elements and displayed the intensity of the light by turning the lens towards it instead of away. I discovered that if I used elements on the street to block the sun I could capture the brightly lit scene without getting glare. I was shooting with a Hasselblad C and a Mamiya C330 at the time.

As for content, I sought out the peripheral, industrial sectors of San Francisco and Oakland for my photography. My attachment to these areas stems from my Pittsburgh childhood and was encouraged by the photographs of Lee Friedlander, Lewis Baltz and the like. I was, and still am, drawn to these areas that are both heavily developed but largely overlooked … spaces that people pass through rather than reside in. In the ‘80s it was surprising that so much open space in a large city was available to wander around in, though a different type of wandering than what Golden Gate Park provided. Today these areas (SOMA, China Basin, Mission Bay, Mission District) have been largely transformed by technology businesses and condominiums.

 

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