Retail Therapy

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Much to the disappointment of my wife, like the vast majority of men I know I do not enjoy shopping, unless it is for cameras or electronics of course! I would sooner be outside the shop taking photographs, as in this particular case.

Is my obsession unhealthy?

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When I am in a city, I often meet and converse with fellow photographers, but never do I see any when wandering around industrial estates at the weekend, as those of you who read my blog reglulary know I do. I was therefore wondering if this was an unhealthy obsession of mine?

The Big Shadow

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I often feature shadows in my images. Maybe my fascination with deep shadows is because they are a rarity here in the UK. Thankfully I get to travel to countries where the sun is not such a mysterious object in the sky.

Not all there

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The title doesn’t refer to my mental state, although there are some who would agree. No, the title is in reference to the ‘incomplete’ window in this image. Often in minimal compositions it is better not include the whole subject in a frame, to add intrigue and emphasise the abstraction.

Grilles

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This image is part of a series of images featuring that ever popular subject of ventilation grilles, which is a subset of my Industrial Minimalism series. I think I spend an unhealthy amount of time at the weekends wandering around deserted industrial estates!

Sihouettes and Shadows

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Although I rarely take photos of people, when I do, as in this image they are normally disguised by shadow or as a silhouette. From this spot I took in the region of 100 photos, and this is the only one where the subjects were in the right place and the shadows and silhouettes were, in my opinion, balanced just right.

Wall Mirror

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I often enhance colour in my images, but rarely change it. The exception is converting to black and white or, as in this case, desaturating part of the image. I felt that by doing this it highlighted the reflected image, which contrasts nicely against the ‘grey’ wall.

Connected, or not….

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One of the beautiful things about photography is the way the camera lens can be used to decieve the eye. In this image it could look like the shutters are connected to the arch. However, the tight composition and wide depth of field are used in the deception. In reality, there was something like 50 feet between the two, and were from completely different structures.

It’s Those Little Things…

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I loved this wall; the colour was fantastic, as was the texture and those super white stripes as architectural features. However, for me it was the inclusion and placement of the small vent that was crucial to the composition. Thank goodness functionality took precedence over aesthetics!

Top Spot on 500px!

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I don’t normally use my blog to shout about my own photographic achievements, but I thought this one deserved a mention. Two weeks ago this photo took the top spot on 500px; no mean feat considering the intense competition from all the landscapes and fashion images which generally have more mass appeal. Agreed it was only for a couple of hours at most, but it made it!

Unfinished and Unbalanced

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This building appealed to me because the windows had yet to be fitted, leaving just the  apertures. However, I was struggling with composition, and had to take many photos until I was happy. The big question to me was whether the drainpipe added or detracted from the composition. In the final edit, I decided that it added to the composition, but needed to be off centre.

I got distracted

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In earlier posts I have complained about the difficulties involved in urban minimalism, particularly in trying to avoid distractions such as trees and lamp posts. On this occasion however, the ‘distracting’ lamp post, for me, provided the perfect balance in the composition.

Geometric….or not?

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I am fascinated by how slightest irregularities gives wonderful juxtaposition to the otherwise clean lines found in modern architecture. Even the flatest looking window pane is likely to have some warping, which is excellent for creating abstract photography out of geomentric structures.

One Magical Day No. 2

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Here is another photo from my ‘One Magical Day’ taken last year one sunny Sunday morning while scouting for suitable subjects. The red line cutting through the squares really appealed, but the balance for me was the shadow cast by the security light.

 

Sad Wall

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Who would have thought that security downlighters could make an interesting photographic subject? Well I obviously did! I was particularly attracted to their position in relation to the two contrasting blocks of colour, and that the lights could be seen to resemble rather sad eyes!

Looks Can Deceive

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Whilst this facade may have a touch of a Scandinavian feel, in reality it is from an industrial building near the cente of Denver, Colorado. This is one of the beauties of minimalism, using a tight composition to remove context and therefore deceive the eye.

 

 

Red Alert

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I am fascinated by features which architectects use in their designs. However, I am sure in this case the red alarm cover was not part of that design, rather a security afterthought. For me as a photographer though, the alarm was a dream, as I was able to incorporate it into my composition. I was just grateful that they had chosen a red cover!

 

 

Minimalism is like Marmite II

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My very first post on this blog was ‘Minimalism is like Marmite’ and I felt this image summed up this title so well I thought I would revisit. Many will see this as just too simple to appreciate. Where is the subject? Where is the detail? However, if you are like me, you will see beauty in the arrangement and balance of the shapes, being the essence of minimalism in photography.

Green, red, and shadow

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I include this photo as part of my Industrial Minimalism project. In reality however it is a retail store frontage with the shutters closed. I could change the name of the project to Industrial and Retail Minimalism but it doesn’t seem to have the same ring to it.

Familiarity Breeds Contempt

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I started my ‘Industrial Minimalism’ project in July 2014, but it wasn’t until much later that I actually took this photograph. Nothing strange there you may ask, until I mention that this is at my place of work and have walked past these doors many times, even before the project started!

I’ll come back later

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I am assuming the decorator was painting grey over the yellow. My first question is why? My second question is why did they stop? I am not the greatest decorator in the world, in fact my wife does all that sort of stuff in the house, but once I’ve started a job I will finish it!

Bakery Wall

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I often wonder why architects create such great looking facades. I can understand when it is on public view in a city centre, or from a main road in an industrial area or retail park. This, however, was the facade to a large bakery which could only be seen from the delivery area. Go figure!

Shadow – rare UK siting

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Here in the UK we’re defintely a bit short on shadows, particularly over the last couple of months, so I thought I would post a rare sighting from last year. Needless to say, about an hour after this was taken the skies clouded over and we got the usual rain! Thankfully I travel overseas for work!

Suspended Pole

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Being the photographer I know how all the elements fit in this image, but as a first time viewer it may be difficult to understand the arrangement. The brain may try to apply reason, but in the end cannot complete the picture. This is one of the fascinating things about Minimal photography – it is often about what you can’t see rather than what you can.

We’re Watching You!

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This photo was taken close to the entrance of a block of apartments. The window was reflective, and I am assuming one way view for security guards to look out. I probably spent five minutes taking photos of this wall, and do wonder what the security guards, if present, were actually thinking!

Alien Board Game

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When I was abducted by aliens, they tought me how to play this game. Unfortunately that was quite while ago and I have forgotten the rules. If anyone has an instruction manual, or knows how to play, please could you let me know?

Green Wall

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This image may look like it has been manipulated, but apart from some minor enhancements to colour and contrast, it is as taken. The green wall on the left side is a reflection in the mirrored glass windows.

Gnasher

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Isn’t it funny how we remember things from our youth, and yet forget why we just went into the kitchen. As soon as I saw this image it reminded me of Gnasher, the pet dog of Dennis the Menace in the British comic strip from the Beano, Continue reading

Going Round the Bend

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Most of my minimalist photography is based on straight lines, and this is no exception, except that on this occasion there is a twist where the building has a curved corner. Using a slightly angled view avoids  converging lines whilst emphasising the curve.