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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

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City Focus: San Jose, California. by Jim Dobbins

6 Aug

I’m Jim Dobbins. I photograph my local urban environment.
My photographs are an effort to discover compelling images in this environment.
Beyond the images there is no narrative.

 

 

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.

City Focus: Miami by Minno Ramirez

25 Apr

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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

Fasene – Brunswick, Melbourne

3 Dec

These photographs were taken in Melbourne in October 2012.  I am from Brisbane so I do not pretend to tell a story about Melbourne with each image.  Each is at best an exploratory sentence and I hope you like them.

Suburbs at Night – by Ben Kelley

7 Nov

We see the suburbs as ugly; we lament the loss of natural beauty.
We rush around by day filling every second, yet feeling completely unfulfilled.
And while we sleep wondering what it’s all about and perhaps dreaming of what once was,
the silent beauty of the landscape returns; altered, yet still there.

People have described my work as dark and menacing, with a foreboding quality, but I think this is more to do
with the viewer’s own perceptions, formed by influences like human nature, upbringing and a paranoid media;
which push the idea that bad things happen at night. For me, these are places that have a certain magic to
them, rather than menace.

While the urban landscape is full of activity by day with people and cars, my photos are absent of these so
as not to distract the viewer. There is a distinct absence of people because human nature first draws our
attention to figures, and away from the landscape. The focus of my photography isn’t on people but on place,
on the landscape itself.

My series ‘Suburbs at Night’ is an ongoing exploration started in 2009 that attempts
to seek out these spaces and the landscape that remains, although forever changed, still timeless.

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