DMITRIJS Breaking Time – Julius Reque

Dmitrijs Breaking Time

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Dmitrijs Breaking TimeJulius Reque Vancouver, Canada

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I was walking with my friend, Dmitrijs, and taking photos around Vancouver. We went inside this building that had an interesting sculpture-like set of stairs that lead nowhere, it just brought you up. As I look behind the camera to take a photo he stepped into the frame and started climbing. In a split second I decided to hold the shutter until he got to the middle. I didn’t really think much about it until I transferred the photos to my computer later on, and scrolling fast through the series he seem to be actually moving in a single frame, like in a movie. That’s when I thought I’d superimpose the frames into one.

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Killer instinct, in this case photographer instinct, is what drove Julius toward a great image. Nowadays big cities flourish in modern and original architecture, taking pictures of them is fairly easy and common. What’s more difficult is inserting human presence in a congruent and meaningful way; here almost a cinematic way: the meeting point of photography and video.

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BERLIN MITTE – Jörg Schmiedekind

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Berlin Mitte project – Jörg Schmiedekind – Berlin, Germany

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Denn oft ist das Gewöhnliche spektakulär genug = Because the ordinary is often spectacular enough.

Jörg Schmiedekind started painting at the age of 16. After copying surrealists masters like Magritte, Tanguy and Max Ernst he found interest in photorealism. While painting he was also photographing his hometown, which is nearly free of classical points of interest; he lately decided to take some of these photographs as pattern for photorealistic oil paintings on canvas.

That was the beginning of a serious occupation with cityscape photography, it was around 1983.

The following year Jörg went to Berlin to study architecture; since 1992  he’s working as an architect.
After wandering the city without a camera for many years,  in 2005 he decided that cityscape photography should enter his daily routine. He now carries around, most of the time, a Canon Eos 5d mark II.

As one can see in his photographs, gray and cloudy skies are his favorites, and that’s because of an homogenous tracing of all objects and of the possibility to act free with no restriction resulting from sunlight-direction.
He considers that in an ideal, and touching situation, beyond their everyday usage trivial objects could stand for themselves in a photograph, no people around.
Berlin Mitte is a work-in-progress that develops in a new city which has changed a lot in the last 20 years. Schmiedekind’s photography is not about documenting, although he considers that great jobs have been done along with some bad ones, but mostly a quest for interesting situation beyond architectural photography.
“This is my personal look on what’s happening in Berlin, putting so-called ugly things into an aesthetic context”.
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a new LIGHT in town

Buenos Aires: Facultad de Ciencias Economicas along Avenida Cordoba.

iPhone, app: PhotoStudio, fxstudio / napa

waiting to board the SPACE ship

Buenos Aires: moviegoers in line at the Gaumont theatre.

app: cameramatic / filter: lomo-like green / frame: viewfinder 00

nice PLACE to live

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Buenos Aires: castle in the air above Avenida de Mayo.

app: cameramatic

colorful DIA de los MUERTOS – cemetery in Mexico

 

It was a day of heat and humidity, the clouds were high in a blue sky which they were slowly overcasting: a thunderstorm was approaching. Then, on the way to Merida, in the Mexican State of Yucatan, I met Balthazar, Gaspar and Melchior.

I was looking for a shady spot to rest, and two benches in front of a cemetery fenced with light mauve painted walls seemed a nice idea. But there were people on the other side of the wall: there they were. Leaning on a light mint green wall that felt cool to the touch, chatting, considering what to do and about the unusual surroundings, they invited me to join the conversation.

A cemetery, undoubtedly, but neither a tear nor a veil of sadness emanates from the hand painted angels or from the poor christs in cages. How could it be, perhaps it’s due to the turquoise that mingles with the horizon or the innate happiness of the people from the Caribbean Sea?

The Three told me about a special day, el dia de los muertos, when all the family, and I also mean the ones who come back from nobody knows where and on this day only, meet to have a riotous time amidst crosses, pinnacles and domes.

The ones that remained bring hand embroidered table cloths, candles to light up at night time, the preferred meals of those who left and kids who play soccer and run around the little temples that remind me of Legos. The ones who left wait until sunset to come back, if they’ve mistaken the address and end up at home they won’t find anyone waiting for them but the dog and a cold soup, but if they make it here … here is the party. The ones that remained drink and stuff themselves with food, laugh at the stories and the tales and pray for grace, sing and dance until morning.

Now you know why this not an ordinary cemetery, but a cementerio mexicano, a place where memory brightens up.

Francisco SALAMONE – an architect in the PAMPAS

Architect Francisco Salamone (Leonforte, Sicily, Italy 1897–Buenos Aires, Argentina 1959) built more than 60 municipal buildings (cemetery, city hall, slaughter house) with Art Deco / Futurism elements in several rural communities in Buenos Aires Province. These buildings are the examples of first contemporary architecture in rural Argentina.

all black & white photographs © Christian Ostrosky

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