Urban photography can cover many different aspects of our city landscape and it is my aim in this section to highlight how varied the urban environment can be and how rewarding that is for the city photographer.
The city provides it own unique lighting qualities from streetlights, shop windows and car headlights.
All of which can give the photographer many photography art options in creating an attractive image and to change the often stark and gritty urban landscape into something far more vibrant and exciting.
The word landscape conjures up images of rolling green hills and babbling brooks but the city landscape is a completely different scene, with its concrete highways and crowded streets.
It may at first appear to have little merit to warrant taking photographs of and to the naked eye can seem rather mundane and colourless. However the city is my main focus for my own photography art and I find it a constant source of fascination and wonder.
In this section I will be concentrating on the areas of the city landscape that perhaps are over looked and are not commonly considered worthy of city photography.
Also I will look at certain techniques and viewpoints of urban photography that enable the viewer to see the environment around them from a completely different viewpoint.
Motorways and Highways - These are often the life blood to and from the city.
Without them the cities would die, workers would not be able to get to work and nothing produced by the city would be able to be sent to other parts of the country.
But how many people really look at motorways and would consider them a worthy subject for the photographer?
Well for me highways certainly are worthy subjects and can create not only attractive images but are also thought provoking.
Every photograph has its own individual story to tell and so is very much a part of the overall urban landscape.
These arches not only provide the landscape with form and breaks in the urban setting but also provide a frame for other urban spaces.
Many of these arches are also put to work and have their own dark underground worlds existing almost separately from the rest of the city.
Car parks, workshops, cafes and even mushroom growers can all be seen inhabiting bridge arches all around our cities. I call it arch life and I enjoy using photography to capture this hidden world.
Skylines - The city skyline has always been a great source for stunning and impressive urban photography images.
Wherever there is a high viewpoint over looking the city or a distant landscape of city towers and buildings there will always be a photographer.
The art of capturing a distinct and different scene that will delight the viewer is a challenge to all photographers.
I want to highlight some of those that have met that challenge and produced some stunning and imaginative skyline photographs.
Urban Panoramas - Similar to the skyline images but uses a technique where either a specialist lens has been used or several pictures have been stitched together to create a very wide angled image of a city landscape.
These impressive images are wonderful at creating a feel for a particular place and give the viewer the sense of almost being in the picture looking around their environment. This kind of urban photography requires a good eye for a continuous area of interest that will create a flowing natural picture of the scene.
However ghost towns do also exist within our own urban sprawls and can be found in areas where the city has moved on from its past.
These areas of forgotten communities and industry provide a great story for a photograph to portray. They also serve as a record of times gone by and of places that may not exist in the future.
The creative photographer can add to the ghost like feel of these areas by using light and shade in such a way to highlight doorways and windows where at any moment a figure may just appear.
Reflections - Today's urban environments more than at any other time, due to the many glass and metal constructed buildings, provide us with many opportunities to use reflections as a framework for our photography art.
Along with glass, metal and marble building materials, there are also puddles; shop windows, car windscreens and canals that can all provide fantastic opportunities for creative photography.
By simply taking advantage of these reflective objects you will be able to add another dimension to your urban photography.
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Send us your own image and the story behind it. for instance when you took it, what it was that caught your eye about the shot, anything that you would like to say about your image. A personal critique to help others with their photography and creative skills.
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