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)
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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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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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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.
Ebb ad Flow II…
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Good morning…If you are wondering about the title this is my post number 50 – fifty – love it!…..Today two posts on basic flow; so important in architecture. The first one was taken in NY, lower Manhattan. I loved the transparency of the one building on top and how the other one anchors the whole scene. The second one comes from LA, and it depicts one of my favorite Meier buildings – here I just wanted to pair details of the same structure (and basically the same area) and formulate the play from producing a slight angle variation. Please enjoy them.
Two different views, architecture, flow, conversation…..Don’t forget, when you walk your city, look up!
Thanx for coming by,
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Good morning!!………Further exploring as seen in the photographs preceding this duo. I often will go back to a place I like and have another ‘dialogue’ with my subject. And I don’t know why but I have a feeling this won’t be the last time – here’s to the great I. M. Pei. Please enjoy this very brief architectural post and thank you in advance for stopping by (both Musée du Louvre entrance hall btw).
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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.
Thank you again for stopping by and as usual comments/critiques are welcome.
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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.