No Matter Where You Go…

Two More.

Posted in Photography by monomoda on January 3, 2009
Rest. Madinat Zayed, United Arab Emirates.

Rest. Madinat Zayed, United Arab Emirates.

Dunes. Liwah, United Arab Emirates.

Dunes. Liwah, United Arab Emirates.

Less is More.

Posted in Photography by monomoda on January 2, 2009
Smoke. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Smoke. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Taken along the highways of the Emirates in the middle of the Arabian desert I have become obsessed with trying to capture and convey the emptiness and sparsity of the landscapes I encounter. Believe me, when you live in a city like London where there is something everwhere you look, the horizontality and simplicity of miles of sand is eye-opening and in some ways, therapeutic.

Lazy. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Lazy. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

I gave myself the challenge of trying to capture that. I’m doing this by reducing irrelevant objects in the scene and simplifying the image by focusing on just the environment and the subject, letting the colour and tone of the photograph dictate the reaction to that subject, resulting in a sparse look.

Mound. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Mound. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

I realised I really needed to refine and rethink the method by which I actually captured my images. The standard rectangular camera ratio is sufficient for capturing the land or the sky, but what I want to do is enhance and intensify this relationship, so I figured I could acheive this by making sure they were all exactly half-ground, half-sky vertically, cropping to a ratio of 2.35:1 horizontally which is a standard cinema anamorphic format.

I’ve always been facinated by images with cinematic qualities. Even though at present I can’t put it into words, I know what a cinematic image feels like as opposed to an image straight from a camera.

I’ll probably come back to this when I can explain this better…

Twin Peaks.

Posted in Photography by monomoda on January 2, 2009
San Francisco

San Francisco, California

I recently reconnected my old hard drive, on which I found a host of old photographs I had nearly forgotten about, taken in San Francisco in 2007 when I first started photography on my 350D . What is interesting is, at the time I took those photographs, I thought they were the best photographs ever taken. Period. Then I looked at them after learning some techniques and realised maybe they werent so good after all… the exposure was off some of them were blurry, the contrast was off…

San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California

Well. What a difference a year and a half makes… I loaded those old photos into Lightroom, did a bit of Photoshop jiggery-pokery and voila! Not half bad. Hardly earth-shattering shots, for even I can see that technically they could have been shot better if I actually had known what I was doing at the time. However when I look at them I get that feeling I felt when standing on top of Twin Peaks in San Fran. And to me to be able replicate that feeling through colour, tone and content, brings me closer to what I feel photography is about, which is capturing the moment.