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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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Guillaume R – Paris

9 Feb
Since my youth, I have ever been curious about the tags and the graffiti. Why, When, Who does it ?
Step by step I started to take street pictures like in a playground. I live in the suburbs of Paris  and as soon as possible I go and explore Paris and it’s suburban fringes, It’s an endlessly exciting game.
At first, I started watching graffiti but it opened my eyes to others interesting drawings. I’m in love with the dirty and broken city atmosphere .
   I look at  the « beautiful » in the places where you don’t want to live and I try to make sense. I was inspired by a lot of internet session , by people with whom I took pictures and photographers as Bruce Davidson or Marta Cooper.
I created a magazine “Vu dans la rue” (“View in the street”) you can see some online :

Back Streets, Manchester by Peter Bartlett

17 Nov

I know the city of Manchester well having been brought up nearby and in later life, working in the city centre on several occasions. So, I have always had an awareness of what I regard as Manchester’s true backstreets – streets named “Back #€*@$+% Street”.

In the 1980s there were almost thirty such streets in the City centre. Now just twelve remain, the others demolished during the city’s regeneration.

Located in the commercial centre of the city, these backstreets are within yards of thriving thoroughfares. Yet they can be deserted, dark, dirty, ugly and cluttered with litter, rubbish and waste bins. They are, however, functional and utilitarian, providing essential service access to the rear of often grand buildings and businesses.

With their origins in the 19th century they now reflect 21st century life and I have set out to show how their current use interfaces with their historic origins before more disappear.

Backstreets - Book Cover

http://www.peterbartlettimages.co.uk

Julien Hairault – Valence

22 Oct

I’m a French photographer based in Valence, a small and quiet city in the south-east of France. My work deals with the tracks and signs we leave along our streets and roads to communicate, inform, entertain and direct ourselves. Everywhere I go in my country, I carry around my medium-format camera and Kodak Portra films, avoiding to take pictures of people and touristic places.

http://julienhairault.tumblr.com

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/

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Hong Kong by Xyza Bacani

7 Jan
Nothing Personal, just a Lifestyle
A city of fast paced life and geometry,Hong Kong is a photographers paradise. Walking the crowded street for three years now,isolation is a sight i seldom see and capture. Photography for me is nothing personal but a lifestyle.

 

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. ”

City Focus: Miami by Minno Ramirez

25 Apr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/minno975/

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City Focus : Zurich by Nicco Bra

17 Apr

Proportion.

Architecture is all about proportion, the human body grows proportionally, as the human product known as “city” where architecture and human beings meet each other everyday is proportional. The rules that links one to another are often unknown or hardly understandable. Combining these aspects in a single shot, condensing everything in a frame is the real challenge: it can be really hard to find the perfect balance between so many aspects of a complex living organism, however the city, with multiples urban landscapes, guides the eye of the photographer or of the observer till he can find the right perspective and the perfect spot.  Zurich in this case is a good example: succession of void and full spaces, different neighborhoods, mixed architectural styles of different ages coexist side by side in a pulsing and evolving bustling city.

Nicco Brand http://www.flickr.com/photos/niccobra/

City Focus: Cincinnati by Gene Dow

5 Mar

Cincinnati. It doesn’t get much more American than this city on the north bank of the Ohio River. Often referred to as “The Queen City”, Cincinnati is well known for it’s Italian architecture, cultural diversity, baseball team and steaming hot plates of spaghetti, piled high with chili and cheese.

In this series, I photographed in the Western side of the city, an area called Price Hill. It is forlorn, lonesome and deserted, but still has many stories to tell. I tried to capture some of the subtle beauty in the aging structures and the deep, rich colors that go unnoticed. I searched for and found age, patina, history and the traces of the many folks that have passed by over the years.

I’m always amazed at what treasures can be discovered when you actually take the time to look. Enjoy!

Gene Dow / 2013

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