Julian Escardo

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still

Circles and Lines…

Good morning! catching up to a lot of work, here is finally an update to some of my recently published work. On the newer front is my upcoming exhibition along Boulevard Saint Germain in Paris – details on my FB page for those of you living and /or visiting Paris and would like to attend: http://www.facebook.com/FJEimages – Please enjoy this latest teaser with more to come shortly.

 

Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles (detail, re-capture version 2013, monochrome)

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BNF, Paris (one of my favorite places to shoot, this time I was able to catch some great clear reflections and work the tones)

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La Défense (revisited a new building site, this time aiming to frame entirely on site, and I cross processed for full effect)

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All photographs ©Julian Escardo Photography

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March…

Good morning!…Still feeling the chill but Paris is slowly warming up with the feel and colors of Spring. If you are planning a trip over this is probably the time to do it, early blossoms, young growth, not that many tourists yet and still, museums and cafes to enjoy to the fullest.

My latest captures here take me once more to LA first, and my study of flow in contemporary architecture. You’ve seen my Getty waves and I’ve attempted to take it to the next level and dig deeper into its sensual form. Following that is a short stint I did last Sunday at La Défense, my preferred business district here in Paris where I go to find new angles amid new construction taking place every week it seems. My rendition is that of the back of a well known building (seen further down my stream) mirroring its facade. The tones I gave the photograph fit well with it’s ancient feel – someone said that of a medieval sword – yet an absolute contemporary structure otherwise. On that subject, many contemporary architects get their inspiration from medieval, Roman and Greek structures when they design.

BTW (and without further ado) I have inaugurated a new blog dealing with Paris Fashion through my street photography: I kindly invite you to visit http://julianescardofashion.wordpress.com  for its maiden page, and hit subscribe!

Variation on a theme…

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Thank you for visiting; as always your  feedback and / or questions are always appreciated.

note: all images copyright ©Julian Escardo Photography

2014…

Good morning!…After a profound year of change and reflection for many, I welcome 2014 as the year of consolidation. To celebrate sometimes is to take a step forward, or simply to take a step, but celebrate at last. Change is inevitable and embracing it means treading on new waters, and learning to cope with new found confidence. Among some of my decisions (no pressure…lol!) I opted for launching a series of architectural black and white photographs; 10 to be exact. I had them critiqued, undertook minor corrections, and finally had them printed. Beautiful Baryta paper especially formulated for BW work…….intense blacks and exquisite whites, contrasts and subtle lines showing to the naked eye. I was pleased then, I am pleased now.

Below lie the works described. It is my plan to locate suitable gallery space to show them, Paris (where I reside) is my first choice, but a home is a home, and as told to me by friends and colleagues, no serious offer can or will be refused. I have had the fortunate luck to show in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles and Catanzaro (Italy) – what’s next? I don’t know, but confidence and perseverance will dictate the path, and trust will create the right partnership. Please enjoy, thank you for coming and, as it has become a necessary custom nowadays, all works are part of my domain and are thus copyrighted.

note: suggestions, contacts, and or leads are encouraged.

Architecture - monochrome - Los Angeles, Paris locations

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Thank you for stopping by, always~

Julian

Dialog 7…

Good morning!!…It is November and it is raining in Paris. But life is beautiful and goes on, inevitably for some, graciously for others. All I know is that there are constants, such as the sun, the moon, etc. They are out there to see, to admire. To me it is architecture; I love the urban expressions, the lines, how the city shines in different lights according to the time of day. Below are some examples of Urban Dialog, please enjoy them as I do my passion.

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Thank you for your visit as always.

Julian

note: all works ©Julian Escardo Photography

Procrastination…

Good morning!!….In spite of having procrastinated (by a lot this time!!) I wish to start this post with my usual cheery GM. We all deserve a good morning, a good day and if we can help it a good life. At least there is one thing we can control, and that is what we choose to see, and how we choose to see things. I believe strongly that there is beauty all around us….in people, in things, in the things we smell (or choose to smell if you get my drift). In my case a large part of my life out there, walking consists of looking straight up and today’s post makes no exception to that fact and the beauty that exists thanks to architects. Please enjoy and as always, feel free to comment, ask or simply offer your opinion.

Clouds…

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Night…

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Traces…(iPhone5 capture)

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Thank you again for allowing me to procrastinate (as if you did have a choice…lol). I trust that with four postings I was able to compensate a little. Above all thank you for following my work and as usual you can head off to my facebook page for more  info and up to the minute posts.

Cheers!

Julian

p.s. : all work is ©2013 Julian Escardo Photography

Of Volumes and Glass…

Good morning!!…Two photographs I recently took have captured my heart……..and I don’t mean to say that my own work captures my heart, but as I always thrive to keep things simple, I think I achieved just that here. And therefore….yes, I am pleased. The first is of an 18 story building – a straight up looking view against one of the bottom glass panels, and my intention was to capture the ethereal quality of the scene. The day was right, the sun was there, no clouds to distract. I was ready to put my eye on the X. A friend and colleague of mine said of this same capture (and I think it serves to illustrate what I saw): “It’s like a hall of mirrors, where you don’t know which way is the right way up. The range of blues in this is stunning, particularly to the right of the image, it’s resoundingly Phantom of the Operaish in a way…the phantom historically created mirror traps…and this reminds me of it.”…..I love it when images evoke thoughts of this nature, and stir imagination. The second image is again, a very simple study of volumes and yes, again, glass is involved. In this case I had to resort to a black and white monochrome to make the said volumes stand out. I trust it worked…..yet you are the ultimate judge of that. Please enjoy!

After the flight…

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Volumes at noon…

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Thank you for visiting!~

Julian

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Books n’such…

Good morning!!…I had the pleasure of visiting the famous Bibliothèque Nationale de France Site François-Mitterrand recently and took a couple of photographs to [at least] try and mark the spot. Lets agree that nothing that can be taken can do justice to four magnificent buildings (18 floors each) placed square in a great big esplanade……enough public space to chill and housing for the largest collection of books in Europe. I first want to say that I am grateful for the permission I was granted to come in and shoot on an ‘off’ day. And rightfully so I want to make full disclosure and say that even though the photography is entirely mine I am aware and acknowledge that the rights of the same are those of the BNF (Bibliothèque nationale de France, Dominique Parrault, Architecte / ©ADAGP, Paris 2013).

Having said that I have to say that access to public buildings in Paris has been fantastic, and much more efficient and friendly than in other parts of the world. Rules are rules and I always observe them of course – it is not only the right thing to do but the most secure and logical in this day and age. However, us/we photographers have to know our rights too and not always cede if we are pursuing artistic or informative images. The best thing is generally to approach the place you are planning to photograph and be polite, yet get passed the usual suspects like basic security guards who will always say no just in case (not always however, in the interest of disclosure I have met some great and very knowledgeable guys and ladies in security positions).

On the move…

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Fly with me…

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These two photographs intend to capture the dynamic architecture of the place…..but by all means do not do justice to the whole which I invite you to imagine or research via the links I provided. I had a great time and again ty and ty to Mme Sylvie S. from Production photo – photothèque – Délégation à la communication BNF.

Thank you for your continued support and visits as always.

Julian

note: all images ©

Ensemble…

Good morning!!….I am celebrating the arrival of Springlike weather (finally!) here in Europe and decided to produce two cross-processed architectural images. I wanted to stress the strong qualities of the flow or angle but also focus on the graphic impact. I hope I’ve achieved that – it’s the first time I designed a couple of lightroom presets and I’m happy with the results….I trust you are too.

La Défense…

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Ebb ad Flow II…

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Thank you as always for your visits and support. Please join me on my Facebook page for more architectural photography and design.

Julian

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LA to Paris…

Good morning!….my 51st post finds me back in Paris with the energy typical of this time of the year…..Spring – So…..my first post pays homage to my all time favourite building, the Disney Concert Hall by Frank Gehry. In this take I sought an angle that would display its power though perspective and I hope I was able to achieve that. My second post lands me back in Paris and for that I went to La Défense, a business district not ‘technically’ in Paris, but easily  reached by metro and as far as I feel it ought to be. The piece shown surrounds an office building and for the most part lies hidden from the general public.

Please enjoy these two architectural works and, as always, don’t hesitate to comment or ask any questions.

DCH…

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The eye…

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Julian

 

note: the material depicted here is copyrighted, please do not use without my express permission.

50…

Good morning…If you are wondering about the title this is my post number 50 – fifty – love it!…..Today two posts on basic flow; so important in architecture. The first one was taken in NY, lower Manhattan. I loved the transparency of the one building on top and how the other one anchors the whole scene.  The second one comes from LA, and it depicts one of my favorite Meier buildings – here I just wanted to pair details of the same structure (and basically the same area) and formulate the play from producing a slight angle variation. Please enjoy them.

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Duo…

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Two different views, architecture, flow, conversation…..Don’t forget, when you walk your city, look up!

Thanx for coming by,

Julian

Note: all images ©, thank you for gaining my express permission to use any of my images.

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