Urban Photography

I experience the world mostly through my eyes and this has driven me to capture the images one finds in my photography. This is one of several conclusions of my journey in life where I use cameras to capture what impresses my mind. But, the conclusion begs a question that I often return to in my pondering. Where does my photography fit under style headings of photography?

The question of a style heading has begun to bounce around in my mind more intensely in these later years, especially driven as I have been by the task of developing and then post-processing my own rolls of film, both color and monochrome (i.e. black and white). Why? Because I am amassing a huge number of images. To date, over 80,000. So what is the topic of most of these images? This is where my search for a style heading finds its place.

A style heading is what I’m looking for, however, I suppose it actually is the scientist or engineer in my character is demanding some fulfilment; how do I describe for others, in the briefest possible fashion, the style of photography that I practice. As you see, this is not really a question, but, more of a task.

So, what do I propose? First, I find, based on some very brief research, that I practice what is called “urban photography”. My sources for considering this style heading as appropriate for my photography are found to be defined as follows;

Urban Photography . . . often referred to in the same context as street photography, is a style typically devoted to the study of objects and elements in city landscapes. While street photography usually focuses on people as subject matter, urban photography will also emphasise the surroundings, whether the shot includes people or not.

Urban Photography . . . is an interdisciplinary field of visual practice concerned with the evocation and representation of urban spaces and the lives of those living, working and moving through such spaces.

Urban Photography . . . any image that is taken within the confines of a built-up area.

Now, how about some examples of these ideas of “urban photography” that are photos from my own collection.


< stockholm city >

Nikon D5600
Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED II
f/3.5, ISO800, 1/60sec, 18.3mm


< going up >

Nikon FG
Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.2
ExtraFilm.com, DX 135-36, expired
Digibase C-41 @ 37.5℃
Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II


< modern underground architecture >

Nikon D5200
Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED II
f/3.5, 18.3 mm, 1/50, ISO 800


< on the way down >

Nikon D5600
Nikon AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR
f/4.0, 18.0mm, 1/60, ISO400

Nikon F4 Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm 1:1.4 D Kodak Portra 400VC

< stockholm city >

Nikon F4
Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 D
Kodak Portra 400VC
Digibase C-41 @ 37.5℃
Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II


< opening day >

Nikon D5200
Nikon AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR
f/4.0, 18.3mm, 1/16, ISO560

The array of five escalators transporting people into the underground station Stockholm City, in Stockholm, Sweden, has captured my eye many times since its opening during the summer of 2017. A majestic view opens into the light when traveling up from the lower levels. And then, a massive cavern in the ground presents itself on the way down. The hugeness of this man-made system stuns me nearly every time I pass through the space. I wonder if anyone else considers the sense of this place? These are not the only views that I have captured, there are others similar to them and you can find them on my Flickr account.

As I noted earlier, I have been seeking a label for my style of photography; I have found it with “urban photography”. So, I find places during my journeys that have artefacts made by people, being used by people. And then I capture an image of these places to remind myself that I’ve been there for a moment in my life.

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