Julian Escardo

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Spring…

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…

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Into the light…

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As always, I welcome your comments. Please request my permission to use any of these images for they are ©’d, thank you!

Julian

 

 

 

 

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Sensations…

Good morning! Just two posts based on visualizing water taken at my favorite spot, the Disney Concert Hall here in Los Angeles. Enjoy!!

Cradled on the waves…

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Autumn in LA…

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Comments welcome, all rights reserved ©2015 Julian Escardo Photography

Cheers!

Julian

 

 

 

 

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)

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La Défense, France…(via iPhone5)

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Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris…(via iPhone5)

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

Julian

p.s. All material is copyrighted

 

 

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…

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Sun ray…

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Nuages…

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Thank you for your visit~

Julian

 

Note: All photographs ©Julian Escardo Photography

 

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

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

Note: All rights reserved ©

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.