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Posts from the ‘Expression’ category

Photography as personal expression

Wandering the streets in Cologne Ehrenfeld (LAPC)

For many, the German city of Cologne brings to mind the Cathedral, Karneval, and perfumed water.

For me, Cologne brings to mind great friends, tasty Turkish nibbles, football side 1. FC Köln, and Ehrenfeld.

My friend Y wanted to test her new camera on the streets, and when she suggested the Ehrenfeld neighbourhood, I readily agreed. My many visits to this city on the Rhine have frequently ended up in Ehrenfeld that’s largely Turkish and working class, an immigrant blue-collar area with which I readily identify and it’s why Ehrenfeld is my K-‘hood.


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Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

19 for 19: Fotograms from 2019 (IG)

Above/Featured: Vancouver Central (VPL) – 11 November.

I look back at 2019 through 19 images posted on social media, continuing a consecutive string of year-end reviews. With the following images made entirely in the metropolitan Vancouver area, a number of questions about places past and present were raised; what remained elusive were clear answers about home and belonging.

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Downtown Vancouver, West Georgia St, Hornby St, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com, black and white, monochrome

The mono in the chrome (LAPC)

Above/featured: “Interchange (after Harry Callahan).” Downtown Vancouver – 28 Jul 2016 (6D1).

“Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.”

– Eliott Erwitt

“I work in color sometimes, but I guess the images I most connect to, historically speaking, are in black and white. I see more in black and white – I like the abstraction of it.”

– Mary Ellen Mark

For me, the pull towards photography has always been about images in colour and landscape format to highlight a location, illuminate a historical event, or to feature a person who touched many lives. Thinking about and making images either square, in monochrome, or both have provided useful challenges to push the working dynamics of creativity. I hope the following images will get the viewer to ask if there’s more than what’s presented and to get possible answers on their own.

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Österreichische Bundesbahnen, ÖBB, Jenbach, Tirol, Tyrol, Österreich, Austria, fotoeins.com

Candid urbans (LAPC)

Above/featured: On EuroCity train EC89, Munich to Bologna: scheduled stop in Jenbach, Austria – 9 May 2018 (X70).

A candid photograph of a person is taken informally without the subject’s knowledge. Similar words for “candid” include: improvised, unposed, or spontaneous. The following extemporaneous images are from various stages of residence and travel from around the world.

  • Berlin, Germany
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Eisleben, Germany
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Heidelberg, Germany
  • Konstanz, Germany
  • México City, México
  • Mỹ Tho, Vietnam
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Seattle, USA
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Vienna, Austria
  • West Vancouver, Canada

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My Vienna: metro frame

Above/featured: Belvedere Garden, north from Marble Hall in Upper Belvedere to Lower Belvedere and beyond to St. Stephen’s Cathedral at left-centre – 19 May.

It’s easy to reduce a city to stereotypes, distilling landmarks to short paragraph summaries designed for easy consumption.

Some might say: you’re making things too complicated; they’ve got to be simpler. That misguided sentiment needlessly and carelessly minimizes the diversity and complexity of a city, her people, and the infrastructure through which citizens reside, navigate, and thrive. Although I chased after traces of Otto Wagner throughout Vienna, I’m also interested in illuminating the city as reflections from past and present and as glimpses of resident and visitor.

Vienna is an exceptional city


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