, and my duty at Urban-and-Rural
is to feature submitted artworks. Recently we decided to change the way we do it, and instead of themes & Featured folders, we decided to pick only one Member and make a little interview with them to get to know our members a little more and I'll feature amazing U&R photographers every second week!
First of all, thank you so much tangledweb
for taking time and let me interview you!
#1 When did you start taking Urban & Rural Photos?
I've always been drawn to architecture and city settings since childhood, so have always been drawn to prone to taking snapshots of urban settings. When I became an amateur photographer ten years ago, en route to becoming a fine artist, I discovered a strong affinity for rural scenes.
#2 What kind of equipment do you own for taking photos?
2 Canon 5D Mark IIs
Canon 17mm TS-E
Canon 24mm TS-E
Canon 17-40mm F4
Canon 24-70mm F2.8
various lens filters
a collection of tungsten lighting, strobes & remotes, umbrellas, snoots, and reflectors
#3 Do you have a favourite Urban & Rural Photographer here on deviantART?
#4 What are your favourites from your own gallery and why?
My favorite photos celebrate a certain moment in time or conveys context or meaning through the subject matter itself. I 'm typically very behind on DA so am still submitting from stuff from last year, but these are my favorites:
One Chicago Moment: My personal favorite to date. While in Chicago I pre-envisioned this photograph to envoke the qualities of a painting. It's been one of my most successful pieces displayed in art galleries.
Ain't Goin' Nowhere: This is my favorite rural scene, discovered while traveling through the mining country of West Virginia. The glint of light coming off the truck's window pane really does it for me.
These are some more urban & rural favorites:
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#5 How or why did you start taking U&R related photos?
I went to university for and practiced architecture, during which I stumbled into shooting pictures. Today my interest in how we adapt to and shape our surroundings has transformed from working designer to professional photographer. The following is an excerpt from my artist statement:
"Photographic media has allowed exploration of subject matter both personally familiar and foreign. With a natural affinity for urban environments, the camera has become an evaluative tool of how we, as humans, strive towards a designed perfection. What we build is a push-and-pull dichotomy between how constructed elements relate and respond to its surrounding natural ecosystems and native urban environment. Further, how do we as individuals within society, unwittingly respond to and assimilate with our urban surroundings on a street level?
On the opposite end of the spectrum, I never imagined developing a romance for the rustic and imperfect quality of the agricultural landscape – of dilapidated barns, crop fields, and barbed wire. The weathered and eroded artifacts I discover during my travels reflect the simultaneous pride and melancholy of the rural condition in the United States. The last vestiges of a robust rural America, they are quickly disintegrating and returning to the earth of barren landscapes. I explore these environments, fully cognizant that twenty years from today the disappearing relics within my photographs will no longer exist."