Julian Escardo

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

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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)

ClorBNF

La Défense, France…(via iPhone5)

ColorIphone

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris…(via iPhone5)

Escalator

 

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

Julian

p.s. All material is copyrighted

 

 

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Simplicity…

Good morning!..As simplicity is the highest form of sophistication I was eager to post three of my most recent images as published in my FB artist page. It may or may not be a agreed upon by everyone but it is every artist’s obligation to search and capture the basic lines, the simple form once in a while, at least. A focus on minimalism enriches the heart they say. More to come in the near future, in the meantime please enjoy!

 

MACVAL…

Macval2

Sun ray…

RaySun2

Nuages…

LaDefTriangle

 

Thank you for your visit~

Julian

 

Note: All photographs ©Julian Escardo Photography

 

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)

SpiralDesignCenter

 

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

BNFblue

 

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

LaDefCrossVanish

 

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…

GettyStylized

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Master copy

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

note: all images copyright ©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…

CornerBNF3

Volumes at noon…

CitroenParkBW

Thank you for visiting!~

Julian

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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…

untitled (4 of 29)

Ebb ad Flow II…

untitled (2 of 6498)

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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Complexity….

Good morning!…..I was thinking of the word complexity the other day and visualized two images below that I took over a period of  a few months in 2010. I love complexity, especially in contemporary architecture – new materials have led the way for designers and architects , and have allowed them to let go of their inhibitions and produce veritable works of art. I hope you will enjoy these images, one is a blend and the other just a detail of a larger piece, both taken in Los Angeles…

Complexity…

V…

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Julian

Spacious…

Good morning!…Today’s post is of the Los Angeles Convention Center atrium. I am always amazed at the size of these structures in the US which can house thousands of visitors and virtually transform themselves into anything the economy demands. This is a (tiny portion) looking up shot at the center of the atrium which by its very nature provides natural light to anyone entering or exiting the structure. Reinforced glass and an intricate array of beams enables a tremendous span of uninterrupted floor space – and all superbly air conditioned battling 100 F weather on a typical summer day. Please enjoy it.

Atrium…

Thank you for stopping by, always,

Julian

p.s. all work copyrighted

A little monochrome…

Good morning!…this time I’m posting a theme that I love…..passages. Again the HALL, with a light texture and processing, but focusing on a beautiful bit of 5 o’clock light. I love the leading lines that Gehry works with in his designs, the sense of hope and discovery; this being no exception. I hope you enjoy it and thank you for visiting.

Just…

Oh, there is another piece on passages/transitions further down if you want to check.

Thank you,

Julian

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Small space, great ideas…

Hello again! Probably my favorite museum on the West coast……the ‘Frisco’ MOMA is an inviting space that is packed in a relatively small location in the heart of San Francisco but packs more punch than many of its competitors put together. I love the open architecture – (don’t take the elevators!) – that ascends via two staircases revealing gallery after gallery of the most wonderful art you’ll ever see.

Below I present two captures that to me speak loads about the building (this is personal, so if you’ve been here and think that a rooftop shot is more representative, go for it) – First is the view from below all the way to that wonderful catwalk, an obligated path if you choose not to take the elevators, just under that massive skylight – the other the simple geometry of one of the staircase landings. I hope you like them, both via Nikon D300 btw.

MOMA entrance hall, looking up…

The landing…

As always, thank you for visiting to my pages……

Julian

note: If you want to see a detail of the skylight as seen from the catwalk go to my page “Harmonic progression…”