A Change of Focus – Personal Photographic Style

Shortly I will be publishing a series of mini-project blog galleries based on a developing personal photographic style of urban, street and architecture photography. The style involves using telephoto lenses to compress the scenes or focus close on the details. Large apertures ( typically F/5.6 or wider) are used to reduce the depth of field.

The intention is to alter the sense of scale that is presented in the images or leave the viewer to imagine or guess what is beyond the frame (for example what the heights of the buildings are or what is around a corner) or what is in the shadows or the out-of-focus backdrops.

The projects are done primarily in black and white so as not to distract form the forms and shapes of the scenes and the shadow contrasts in the images but occasionally colour is retained where this enhances the composition.

The harsh mid day light, the bane of many photographers, is used to advantage in many of the compositions – to create stark contrasts between light and dark areas – again leaving aspects of the image to the viewer’s own impression. The idea is to find ways to work with these lighting conditions rather than avoid them while also being able to shoot in areas of the city that, for personal safety reasons, might be best avoided in the evenings with a bulky DSLR around one’s neck. While the bright light on sunny days tends to wash out colours it can create interesting contrasts, strong shadows and shapes that work very well in monochrome.

The project galleries will be published on a standalone blog shortly and a link posted on this blog once it is live. Updates will also be posted here along with a single image from each project. This will serve as a showcase blog separate from the main, more generalised blog. The new blog is for an ongoing series of projects depicting the urban environment in this style and this will be the core focus of my work from this point on. While individual images I have created in the past may have by chance been in this style, my Glasgow 5.6 series was the first project I have undertaken with this approach clearly in mind. In due course I intend to build-up a considerable archive of image collections in this style covering Glasgow and areas of London as well as accept commissions for images in this style.

A link to the project galleries on the dunmaglas photography website can be found on the home page at www.dunmaglas.co.uk for the benefit of those wishing to purchase prints or editorial licences.



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