Photoessay: Patchwork

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Presenting today a mixed bag of wimmelbild (fittingly, some of which is actually from Germany) and general urban patchwork accumulated over centuries – and in some cases, quite possibly millennia. There is something about seeing the evolution of a city in a single place that speaks volumes to the traditions and values of a society. The elements that survive tell us as much about changing priorities as the ones that don’t; often it seems that cultures have to come full circle in order to fully appreciate what they have. From a photographic standpoint, the sheer density of older European cities tends to encourage the kind of layering and stacking that results in a high visual density and elements of interest no matter where you look… MT

This series was shot with a Nikon Z7, mostly the 24-70/4 S and my custom SOOC JPEG profiles, with a couple of cameo appearances from an iPhone 11 Pro.

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Prints from this series are available on request.


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  1. A beautiful, final set of photos for this site. Best of luck (and more importantly enjoy) whatever comes next.

  2. First rate beautiful work, and you have reminded me of what attracted me to photography in the first place. At times, no less, I see even a “kindred” style to the sort I would have heart to produce.

  3. Casey Bryant says:

    There’s something melancholy in this series. I first want to say that was intentional based on the light quality…but then I see you’ve selected a mixture. Then I want to say it’s the subjects, but then I notice a variety of urban spaces, some juxtaposed with natural or eccentric elements. Then I think, ‘oh, it’s the colors’…but darn if there isn’t warm and cool. Really inspiring to see how you manage to marrying all the essential elements to establish feeling.

    That said, I prefer this style from your ‘Nezumuseum’ series.

    • The melancholy comes from the light: it’s contrasts but there’s a gentle transition into a desaturated shadow that suggests some faded grandeur. The Nezumuseum series is also contrasty and saturated, but the transitions are sharp and consequently feel a bit more contemporary/ present…or at least that’s my theory! 🙂

  4. Beautifull !!!

  5. jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    I’m jealous! I’ll NEVER be able to catch up to you!

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