For Creative Urban Photography

Reflections can be found everywhere in the urban environment and never more so than now, with so many buildings being made with great expanses of glass.

During my trips into the city, I cannot but fail to notice how light and reflective surfaces are creating a whole new urban experience for the visitor and photographer alike.

I am often found with my back against a wall trying to steady myself as I point my lens up at yet another great reflection caused by some of the amazing designs and uses of glass and shiny metal in our modern buildings.

In fact I have to be careful I don't topple over sometimes.

There are however many other reflective surfaces that can provide a frame for your photography, puddles, rivers and canals, shop windows, car windscreens are but a few.

This project is about seeking out these reflections in your own urban spaces and using them in your own creative photography art.

Relections Project Examples

Reflections - Reflection of Station Life by Kate Tilmouth

I took this first image during a trip to the new and very shiny St. Pancres Station In London. It was incredibly busy and I found it hard to focus my attention on any one thing.

I saw this image of the station being reflected in the glass partition but didn't want the man sitting in front of it to be aware that I was taking a picture.

So like him I sat on the floor and played with my camera for a while before I took the shot.

Interiors are not often places where you might immediately think of finding reflections but it is always worth keeping an eye out for them wherever you are, especially in large spaces such as stations and airports.

Reflections - Photo by Kate Tilmouth

This next image of mine shows an image that could only be shot by exploring unusual angles with the camera and your own position.

I spent quite some time wondering how to make this shot as different as possible and how to use the tangle of wires and metal to show the building in a different way.

The image is of a structure of metal work that is attached to the outside of a glass building. To take the shot I had to lean backwards against the glass looking almost straight up.

This viewpoint was only achieved by me taking many shots in as many different positions as possible.

It was a very grey day and so I wanted to keep most of the blank sky out of the frame but capture as much of the reflection cast by the flat light as possible.

Using the glass as a mirror image of the framework has turned this picture into an abstract image rather than a straightforward pictorial representation of the buildings structure.

Reflections - Picture by Maz Hewiit

This next picture is by Maz Hewitt and it shows a great way to depict a rather famous building in a rather different way.

First time I saw this image I thought it was a very old picture, this is achieved by the monotones of the image and gives the picture a very striking look.

I then realised that it was modern and that the use of a new reflective building material, I think its very smooth marble, was used to create this mirror image of the Cathedral.

This is a good example of how even today you can still take a shot of a famous building in a new and interesting way.

Just look around you to see what else you can use to make an image come to life.

Reflections Picture by Ellie Vanhoutte

I can't stop looking at this last image by Ellie Vanhoutte. It uses many different elements and textures to bring together the final image and make it a very artistic and attractive picture.

Going out after rain is always a good idea as wet pavements and puddles are ideal for adding that extra dimension to a sometimes-mundane urban landscape.

In this picture the puddle has provided an excellent mirror for the church building.

I like the way Elli has decided to display the image this way up, it gives the whole picture a far more dynamic feel and compositionally it is also well thought out.