All the elements came together here, I hope!
All the elements came together here, I hope!
During the cab ride to my hotel in Fort Worth recently we passed a building that to me looked very interesting as a photographic subject. A few day later I walked four miles to find the building, but when I got there it wasn’t what I had expected, but found this instead just around the corner.
I am regularly asked this question when sharing my images. Each time I have to say yes, it is real. I walk the streets to find these unusual building and objects; that is the pleasure for me. I couldn’t think of anything worse than sitting at home on my computer making these things up. I know others do, and that is fine, but I don’t.
As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I am normally trying to avoid streetlights. Sometimes, however they do contribute very well to the composition, and no more so than in this image.
The red frame was to let you know where to enter.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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!
During a day of urban exploration I would normally take many photographs, sometimes hundreds. On this occasion I was with a colleague and we had just had lunch when walking back to the car to continue our journey to the next meeting. Continue reading
I don’t always see things in reflections other than beautiful abstractions. However in this particular reflection, part of my Abstritecture series, I see an angry red frog. Strangely, when I was taking the photo I didn’t see it, probably because Continue reading
Most of my photos are as a result of urban exploration, walking around cities looking for suitable images. On this occasion, however, I was driving by, on my way to a meeting, and this builidng just pooped out and me and said ‘take my photo’! Continue reading
Another one from my 2014 Industrial Colour project, this photo typifies the thousands of small industrial units which can be found in my local area and beyond. The use of bright contrasting colours combined with straight lines really appeals to my minimal vision. Continue reading
Part of my Industrial Colour series taken in my local area, this simple looking image was one of the more difficult ones to take. It was a day with heavy rain storms with short sunny spells and I had to wait at least an hour to get the right light. Continue reading
I was driving past a local industrial estate one day, and saw this back door to one of the industrial units, and it stood out to me as a great photo opportunity. I couldn’t photograph the door from the public road as there was a fence Continue reading
This image reminds me of Play School, a long-running British children’s TV program that broadcast from 1964 until 1988. It was mostly studio based, but as a break we were asked which window we should go through; round, square or occasionally arched. Continue reading
I would never make a good landscape photographer. Not because I don’t have a good eye for it, but to get the best photographs more often than not requires getting up at stupid-o-clock to catch the morning sun. As an urban photographer I can
Urban photography is often about capturing the moment. I came across this scene in early afternoon where workers had obviously vacated their chairs and returned to their offices after enjoying their lunchtime in the warm sunshine. Continue reading