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Jefrey Jacob – Ilam, Iran

21 Aug

 

http://www.streetsofiran.com/

I made these photographs to document what i see, and what i felt when i saw these seemingly “Ordinary” items and things in the streets of my new hometown of Ilam, Iran.

I was attracted to the natural symmetry that these ordinary and common place things present to my eyes whenever i venture out to the streets. I admit that i have spent barely three years in Ilam, but still, the place intrigues me. I have spent years photographing street scenes in the Philippines, but nothing prepared me to the mystery, to the enigma and to the mystique presented by these common, day to day occurrences that would seem suburban to locals, but has presented a whole vista of patterns, colors, shapes and organization that has revealed a different meaning to a newcomer like me. These would seem meaningless to many, but this series signifies a new start, a new way of looking and a new beginning in terms of my vision and of my work as a photographer and documentarist.

Eric Garsonnin Shopfronts

21 Jul

Storefronts are all similar and each is different. Character comes at you writ large, the neighbourhood’s history

in the building, the narratives of style and function.

Come closer and today’s business may not be what the first builder envisaged. Like a person showing years and

altered dreams, these building faces show edges of past disappointments and hope for the future.

In front, the people of Toronto walk by as ever.

 

The larger project

Frank Multari

13 Aug
Things on the street catch my eye for many reasons: geometric similarities between unlike objects, or some contraption that mystifies me.
Often it is the scenes that I know are fleeting that I find myself drawn to the most: a paper cup between two trucks, trash piled up by a fence, a spider and its web in the carcass of a forgotten car.

frankmultari.com.

“Lee Friedlander Inspired” by Avard Woolaver

16 Jul
This set of images is titled “Lee Friedlander Inspired.” This is my take on some of his ideas and motifs—reflections, shadows, signs, cars, self-portraits.
 
To me, his work conveys randomness, detachment, irony, and, most of all, a great sense of visual humour. He took elements usually regarded as obstacles and made them inherent and important parts of his images. So, in short, these images are my spin on Friedlander. They are meant to be the result of inspiration rather than imitation. I hope to have an exhibition of the work and possibly produce a book sometime in the future.
 
You can see the full set of images (60 in all) on my Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/avardwoolaver/sets/72157634092912385.
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Darren Morgan

6 Jul

Why do I shoot?

I take photographs because I want to record how I see the world. I see the world as a series of ‘scenes’. Taking photographs of them allows me to capture them.

I need the release. This is how I express myself, if I don’t shoot for any period of time I become restless and unhappy.

I always wanted to travel in time. Photography allows me to do that. Some of the scenes I have captured no longer exist; buildings have gone or the topography has otherwise changed. Recording the scenes allows me to return to them and re-visit them. It might not be time travel in the classic sense but it’s the closest I have found so far.

Why do I shoot at night?

Firstly, it’s an aesthetic I really like. When I started shooting I tried a lot of different styles, night and long exposures was the first that really ‘clicked’ with me. I’ve been doing it ever since.

There’s also an element of risk in going out late at night with a bag full of photography equipment. I’ve had to talk my way out of hairy situations before and avoid trouble. There’s a bit of a thrill in that I guess.

And it’s a way of subverting the everyday. Everything looks a little more sinister at night. I’m a country boy at heart, the city late at night used to scare me a little. Going out and taking photographs is how I confront and defeat that fear.

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Aalsmeer by Leonie Polah

2 Jul

The photographs are taken on the premises of the Aalsmeer flower auction. Inside the auction is going on with al the commotion and colours of a flower auction.
Outside there is quiet and a vast space. Somehow the place even looks a bit desolate. At least I saw it that way.
In my images I have tried to catch a feel of precision and lonelyness.

 

City Focus: Vienna by Purple Camel

5 Jun
more work by Richard can be found at
Richard Plumridge. link to flickr.com/purplecamel or whatever the links are now.
I’ve found Richards work to be so crisp and focused on the seemingly munday details or urban life where ever he finds him self. This set from Vienna is particularly strong. Please take the  time to explore the rest of his work on flickr sometime. by Andrew Wurster

City Focus: Leuven by Dirk Christeaens

25 May
My name is Dirk Christeaens, I was born and raised and live in the historical city of Leuven. Leuven is a bustling student town as it is home to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven which is the largest and oldest university of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg together, and it is home as well to the world’s largest brewery group. So, students and beers… I guess that combination doesn’t need any further explanation It is actually only very recently that I picked up photography, but once I did it seemed such an obvious choice as I have always been a person who very much likes to observe. I am also very much a city person, I love to roam the streets, feel the hustle and bustle of the city, and observe people going about their daily business. As such it was quite logical that I started out with “candid” street photography at first. For the past half year however my focus has been shifting more towards urban stills.There’s no big message behind my photos. I simply try to show the streets of my hometown the way they are. I thereby prefer places that to most passersby look rather uninteresting, uninspiring, banal, or too grimy to take notice. By working with composition, colors, contrasts, lines and shapes I try to reveal the beauty and poetry these places nevertheless contain.
 

Green Lane, Walsall, West Midlands, England by Leon Daley

17 May

These photos were all made on March 6th 2013

They offer a view of the state of retail in one of the less fortunate streets in the in the once prosperous industrial town (iron foundries and leather) Green Lane has become isolated from the main body of the town by the A 4148 duel carriageway which speeds traffic through the town but, discourages stopping, and is difficult to cross.

Green lane was a once a local high street of about 60 retail units (all independent traders I would guess) serving the foundry and tanning district (now gone)

I have included one serviving shop (Walsall2-ns selling second hand goods) and the only local pub (Walsall2-c) as the 1 to 4 ratio of open to closed would reflect the make-up of the street.  The other three I have chosen to reflect the progressive state of the streets decline ,All the open shops were well fortified
The street offers extensive free parking and has a free car park (now derelict and surrounded by steel shuttering), but has very little footfall.

Laszlo Bilki

8 May

I have always been surrounded by cameras.

My father was a press photographer in Communist Hungary. As you can imagine, this proved to be tricky. My brother also is a very accomplished ‘tog. I remember as a small child using my dads Nikon F, which I have to this day. So it was inevitable that I loved photography from a very young age.

After a series of hand-me-downs, and point and shoots, I purchased a D200 and never looked back.

As far as my photographic style goes, I am yet to settle on a genre, but I love the soft light of night, and making something beautiful out of something that is not. The more I travel down this path, the less “generic beauty” appeals to me. Occasionally I still feed my soul with a beautiful vista, or the splashing of waves, but generally, give me a dirty alley or a minimalist urban scene any day. ”

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