Julian Escardo

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

Tag: Arts

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)



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



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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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…

Escalator BNF

Fly with me…


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.


note: all images ©

Night and day….and moon

We are getting there I feel – presenting various faces of the Hall….. || Couple of facts first if I may – The outside of the Hall is open all day long, and through the night as I said before, BUT, if you go between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. you can tour the inside, FYI – you can get an electronic audio tour device *for free* and you can follow the path via prompts and signs, or stick it in your back pocket and do your own thing. First timers, follow the guide, return it and go back to capture your photographs, so get there by ten.

The inside is beautiful but dedicated to the practical side of this building. It doesn’t disappoint, and you are free to roam AND if you are lucky you get to see both stages. There is an open one off to one end of the Hall, with plastic chairs of various colors all lined up to receive I’d say over 200 people, and it sweeps up surrounded by a giant wave of wood panels that provide not only great acoustics but make for a very sexy open room. Then there’s the main auditorium complete with a very impressive organ – this is where the LA Philharmonic concerts are performed, as well as many others, including some rock and roll gigs and popular music in general . If the orchestra is not rehearsing, you are allowed a fairly good peek into this perfect concert room, although you can only go in so far (cordoned off about half way down). Note: I have been there countless times and I was only able to go in once , sit and chill for about 15 minutes. Here is the funny part; I was so happy to be there that I didn’t take a single photograph……ugh!

Let’s get to some photos – nough words….

Number one: Heavy Metal – here I have tried to show an inner passage from above. It shows more complex geometry and how warm the metal can become as the light bathes it. As a side note on this particular photograph: I have the honor of having it hanging on permanent exhibition in Catanzaro, southern Italy. It sits among 64 other works chosen from 64 different photographers from around the world. All the photographs are mounted on aluminum backing and sit about 3 X 3′ and they line the hallways of a huge cancer ward, providing hospital patients with visual relief from their daily ordeals. The exhibit is called “A look beyond” (“Lo sguardo oltre” in Italian), a fitting title I would say.  A talented italian photographer, architect and great humanitarian named Maria Luisa Corapi, conceived the idea and called on all of us to produce an original piece for this project and we responded in unison and immediately – I chose the piece below first and foremost for the patients and because it represents what I do and a Los Angeles landmark – but also for her, to honor her initiative – this photograph to me speaks of complexity  (and life can certainly be complex), of paths and options. and light at the end of the tunnel (hope in this case). Perhaps as the patients walk the halls of the hospital they stop by this representation of the Hall and wonder, let go, and for a minute they forget what they are going through.

Second post – Night. The hall stands on its own at night, street reflections and the  moon are enough, but on concert days it dresses up – an arm lifts from the back of the structure to provide great reflections and it is illuminated from across the street via several reflectors courtesy of  the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (our Opera House). It shines guys, I said go at 10 a.m.?…..go back at night!…..I popped in and took this abstract, which I textured a bit, because it needed it for a wee bit more drama.

Third shot – some fantasy, but real – the moon peeks, showing a portion of the ‘shiny’ panels mentioned in my first blog.  I saw a cradle for the sky, a bit of blue among so much brown, green and silver. I made it a bit painterly to focus the eye on the story – please enjoy it, it’s all real, but who knows…….it’s architecture!

There’s more…..huff, puff and time mediating. Ty for coming by, and if you are there gimme a shake – say hi.