Julian Escardo

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

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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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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

 

 

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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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.

Dialog 7…

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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

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

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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…

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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

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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…

DSC_7928Thank you as always,

Julian

 

note: the material depicted here is copyrighted, please do not use without my express permission.

50…

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.

NY, Ny…

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Duo…

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Two different views, architecture, flow, conversation…..Don’t forget, when you walk your city, look up!

Thanx for coming by,

Julian

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Curved…

Good morning!….I am posting a minimally edited photograph taken at La Défense, Paris to, once again, pay homage to naturally curved architecture, and a lot of glass of course. This is a business area of Paris known for its contemporary feel, and the center of attraction is the Grande Arche (not depicted here). I love how the french incorporate sculptures in many of their buildings, this one being of a sizable proportion – there is not a whole lot of contemporary architecture in Paris (yet some very innovative buildings) but here at La Défense one can have a veritable feast……please enjoy it!

CUrved…

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Julian

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