I honestly have no idea what category or genre this kind of photography falls into; it’s not quite abstract because you know what the subject is, though there’s heavy reliance on geometry, form, color and light; it’s not street even though it’s generally shot on the street or from the street; I suppose it could be travel, though they don’t really especially make you want to go visit a place. Flaneur, perhaps; the exploring observer. Or still life, except there are frequently moving elements. It’s not really cityscape or architecture either, because often there are no buildings, or they’re not complete, or the view isn’t wide enough to be considered an entire cityscape.
I suppose I just like to think of them as urbanscapes; little stage vignettes that are interesting in and of their own right, and may or may not be improved with the garnishing of people for context. In any case, it’s the very abstraction of shape and form into pure geometry that catches my attention; topped off with the correct light for an aesthetically strong presentation. I seem to be doing more and more of these on my recent travels…might not be commercially viable, but at least it is satisfying – and overlaid with the objective of capturing a little of the essence of the place, I think plenty challenging, too. MT
This series was shot earlier in the year during my time in New York City, with an Olympus OM-D and Panasonic 14-42 X pancake zoom. The Olympus OM-D is available here (B&H, Amazon) and the Panasonic 14-42 X here (B&H, Amazon)
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