Julian Escardo

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

Tag: Color


Spring has the habit of putting color into your life so, inevitably, I have to flash back to LA and come on strong. Obviously, downtown leads the way as tall buildings bask under the incessant blue sky. These are both round South Grand by 1st/3rd….my hangout off an on for gosh, 10 years? The following is a exercise in scale; enjoy!.

Here’s looking at you…


Into the light…


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Color and…

Good morning from Los Angeles!….It has been (a long!) while I know, so I want to get right on it and celebrate two things that I have been working on lately: color and lo-fi. By color I mean the way I see color, sometimes pushing those values to bring out the spirit of a capture. But careful….are you helping the shot? does it really need to turn from blue into emerald-green to go to the next level? As artists only we can only be the judges of that and ultimately do what has been done for millennia, follow your instincts. Maybe it’s my Tarantino influence but sometimes reds aren’t red enough and you have to do something about it; and at the end of the day….why not?!  And by lo-fi I mean the ever-present and wonderful challenge of working with restricted or available means, in my case my cell phone. By restricted means I don’t only mean ‘less’, just having or using different advantages. I will never stop admiring people who do great things with few resources; there is an inherent quality and a direct relationship between the struggle that comes from working with less-than-ideal-and-what-is-available and the all around test to capture the same quality of spirit with abundant resources. To me is every artist must practice the art of doing with less, often. Can you make a purse out of a simple square piece of leather, can you take a photograph using heat and thermal paper; how far can (and must) the boundaries be pushed to achieve the kind of simple design that not only contains the essence but creates that emotional connection.

Below I have chosen works captured in and around Paris, but keep an eye for some LA stuff coming up. If anything this city can offer color, so add some to your life and drop me a message if you feel like it.


BNF, Paris…(Nikon D300)


La Défense, France…(via iPhone5)


Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris…(via iPhone5)



Thank you for your views, visits, comments and ideas!


p.s. All material is copyrighted



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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The nature in architecture…..

Today I’m kissing April goodbye with a salute to nature and how it “dresses-up” architecture….sometimes I think of it as curtains in a home, or a throw carefully placed on a couch to make it ‘hip’ or seem more comfortable. Architects frame nature very often, and sometimes work around existing nature, like a certain tree that was there before the building even went up, or a rolling hill (Meier is an expert at that)….nature provides color, and something magic happens – everything is transformed all of a sudden, colors and shapes abound, and change depending on the type of climate, time of day or even time of the year (deciduous v evergreen, and so on).

The works below try and play with the concept explained above – please enjoy them

Uppity… (architecture detail, 2009)

Daydreaming… (architecture detail plus tree, 2011)

footnote: on this last photograph I can guarantee you that the tenant/owner waited for the tree to bloom before he bought the trim paint – you have to love details (and misty rainy downtown Los Angeles afternoons!)

Thank you and as always feel free to leave a note….oh, I almost forgot: all rights reserved ©, I defend your intellectual property, please safeguard mine as well by not using it without my express written permission.


Heavy Metal…

Good morning,

In today’s post I wanted to reflect (no pun intended, keep reading) on the use of metal in contemporary architecture….and the possibilities that it brings to elicit not only shape but texture and color, and of course, reflection (hah!). I love the mood that ‘opaqued’ metal provides for example, kind of industrial in strength, denoting solidity and permanence, but also creating a canvas for seemingly impressionist depictions. Outdoors, sky  and earth, and even people passing by or trees nearby merge to form great scenes sometimes. Stand for instance anywhere in the inner passages of Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall and you’ll be amazed at what I call the “scenes within” – simple lines and colors: blue, white, ochre and green play on morning or afternoon landscapes courtesy of the time of day (light/sun, etc). Like everything, it’s all in what you see…or choose to see.

Photographs: I chose two scenes that I recently took while visiting a museum – the one reminds me of a wheat field and the other of a seaside setting….and I love how the square frame bearly contains them as the lines fight to ‘bleed’ and be freed. Please enjoy this more focused architectural-turned-abstract post.


Evidence II… (2011)

Thank you for your visit – oh, comments are welcome!~


From here to there….

March 21, Spring is here, yessss!……today I’m depicting interior entry/transition points – after all, how you go from here to there is important, yes?

First post: Las Vegas….I picked this little beauty up at the (then) recently opened Wynn (business center, 2008)

note: some say Vegas is all about being tacky;  I say let the vibrant and vivid color coexist, make a statement, get lost; in other words, entertain you!

Number two is a very subtle entry way, almost concealed; as if: “shoot, I have to put a door here but I don’t want to…” – oh well, raging Vegas or subtle contemporary LA, here we have  a [most] minimal statement.

Thank you for visiting, thank you for your comments….in advance.


p.s. Again and again: Nikon, make my dream come true – let me test your Full Frame capability – I missed it when I bought your D300.