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Dermot Russell
Parent, engineer, amateur photographer
Parent, engineer, amateur photographer
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New York

The Manhattan skyline, May 2016. Taken during the New York (en)Visionography workshop with Julia Anna Gospodarou. While we had little cloud that day, I feel that the gently rising clouds behind the buildings are a nice gentle touch to the otherwise firm architecture of the Manhattan skyline. For me the centrepiece of this view is One WTC, the Freedom tower.

This is a two shot merge (takin with the Canon 24mm Tilt/Shift lens shifted fully left and then fully right), so the full resolution image is just under 12,000 pixels wide. Long exposure duration 360 seconds.

#photography #newyork #longexposure #blackandwhite #bw 
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Modernism and Deconstructivism

A study of modernism and deconstructivism in architecture featuring 1 Pace Plaza (1969, Pace University), 28 Liberty Street (1961) and 8 Spruce Street - 'New York' by Frank Gehry (2011).

The modernist movement has been the dominant style of architecture in the 20th century. It is characterised by the idea that "form should follow function", design should be simple and clear, right angles are dominant and structure should be made visible.

An evolution of this - Deconstructivism - alters the values somewhat in that form does not necessarily need to follow function but it can diverge substantially from it, the visible skin need not reflect the underlying structure but can be distorted in imaginative ways.

#blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #monochrome #photography #architecture
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Chrysler

An out-of-focus long exposure looking west down 42nd St. in the direction of the Chrysler building, taken just after the sun had set and 'Manhattanhenge' was over. This is an exercise in moving far from reality whilst attempting to maintain a recognisable scene - in particular the lights on the street and the distinctive lights of the Chrysler building in New York.

Since art must move away from reality in order to be expressive, there is a balance to be struck in doing that whilst ensuring that the work is still understandable and is possible to engage with emotionally. This is an experiment in just that.

#blackandwhite #monochrome #photography
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Anew

7 World Trade Center (left) and 1 World Trade Center (right), the latter is also known as the Freedom Tower. Both of these buildings are new constructions at the World Trade Center site. 1 WTC is the principal and tallest building on the site and is built adjacent to the original plot of the Twin Towers. This building is the replacement of the towers and is a design based on the one proposed by architect Daniel Libeskind.

This is another photograph from the Julia Anna Gospodarou workshop - near vertical compositions aren't the most natural things for me but I think this one works.

#blackandwhite
#monochrome
#photography
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Flatiron

The Flatiron building, an icon of New York architecture, taken on a recent workshop with Julia Anna Gospodarou.

A 2:1 vertical aspect-ratio seems to be quite natural for New York - I've never used it before. I took a variety of shots here, some 'straight on' (and symmetric) to the building but found that I preferred this composition.

#architecture #blackandwhite #newyork
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Solitude

A solitary stick from a region of fishing nets, Venice.

Shared for #minimalmonday by +Olivier Du Tré.

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The Grand Canal

The Grand Canal, taken from Ponte dell'Accedemia.

#blackandwhite #bw #photography #monochrome

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St. Giorgio Maggiore

Venice, 2015.

#blackandwhite   #bw   #bwphotography   #venice   #italy   #longexposure  
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Nets

Fishing nets in the Venetian lagoon on a foggy November day. This image required 25 attempts in order for me to be happy with it but I'm glad I achieved this result in the end. I find it fascinating how something so simple and functional as these fishing nets can have a beauty in the way that these do. Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised, maybe there is always a beauty in simple functional things - perhaps it's because they are true to themselves and that they are not preoccupied with striving to be something that they cannot be? Perhaps this is what real beauty is?

A little early for next weeks #minimalmonday  curated by +Olivier Du Tré.
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