I’m pretty sure none of the architects or designers involved with this project could have envisioned the sightlines I used for these images, or if they did, it’s almost uncertain that they would have been able to forsee the changes in the environment surrounding the buildings. Some believe that photography is no more than a derivative work of somebody else’s primary creation; I of course disagree – and that will be the subject of a future article.
In the meantime, however, I’d like to present you with proofs (as usual) in the form of images: photographs that require an understanding of light, perspective, position and timing to execute – even if the subjects are static, changing light and atmospheric conditions mean that you’re probably not going to see the same thing twice. The subjects speak to my continuing personal interest in the abstraction of form, geometry and color; the images frequently take that one step further by consciously removing depth cues (as opposed to looking for them, to define the spatial relationship between a subject and its surroundings) to add a degree of surrealism. These juxtapositions may be real, in the form of changes in the surroundings, or projected, in the form of temporal shadows. In any case, I’ve said enough. Time to let the photos do the talking. Enjoy! MT
These images were shot in Prague with a Ricoh GR and sometimes the 21mm GW-3 converter.
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