Julian Escardo

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

Tag: Monochrome

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

 

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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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Dialog 8…

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Dialog 9…

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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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AnGled…

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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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Conceptual….

Good morning!…this time around I focused on reworking a piece that you can see further down my stream. Very often I will look back at some of my photographs and somehow they ‘speak‘ differently, and without disrespecting the original post I rework them. Sometimes that happens as a result of learning a new technique, others simply because…….this time I sought to bring out some of the Escher quality and used black and white as the vehicle. I added a tree to refocus the perspective and made it more conceptual. Original is a straight looking up shot.

The tree…

Thank you again for stopping by and as usual comments/critiques are welcome.

Julian

note: 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.

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

Thank you,

Julian

p.s. copyrighted material

Lo-Fi twist…

Good morning! – I recently had to visit someone in a clinic run by nuns from the order of San Camilo. Their effort dates back to the 1500’s and they are responsible for today’s Red Cross signature emblem, the square red cross. Their ‘uniform’ is a white habit with a red cross in the front/center – the same was ‘squared’ for the international organization capturing the nun’s endless effort to heal and cure sick people. I loved the building as well as ascending every day to the first floor via the spiral staircase depicted below. I was armed with my iPhone and couldn’t resist capturing the flow of my path. I hope you like the images, both edited monochrome but otherwise ‘as is’, no adjustments of any other kind and as composed on site. Once again, I love Lo-Fi captures for they are real, although the ‘not seeing through the viewfinder’ can be tricky sometimes, shaky hand and all that. FYI I gave each a white border to make them pop, stand out in a more dignified manner –

San Camilo I…

San Camilo II…

Thank you for visiting……all images copyrighted.

Julian