I Lied About The Camera

In a previous post, I wrote about the central role of the iphone camera in the birth and evolution of Urban Reflections, and when I wrote the original blog post, I was thinking of Urban Reflections as an iphone camera project.  Well, I have recently been experimenting with capturing reflections with my Nikon DSLR camera, and the results have been dazzling. The scope of project is expanding!

Each camera has it's own personality, and I am still very much in the process of discovering the possibilities for photographing reflections with this camera.  The iphone's camera feels personal... it is, in fact, a very personal instrument and the photos produced have a kind of intimacy that results both from its innocuousness as an image capture device, and from the technical qualities of the lens and sensor (small!).  The Nikon, on the other hand, produces big, bold images with an emotionally detached quality.  The camera is an exquisite piece of technical wizardry: the colors are intense, the edges crisp, the dynamic range is wide.  And, the telephoto zoom lens allows me to remain distant and detached from the scene. The images are spatially flattened, and have a quality like billboards, I am planning on printing them very large.  

Today, I want to share three images from this emerging body of work:

Fifth and Market Streets

Tattoo Too
Tattoo Too
Pier 39

Modern Man
Modern Man (or Homo Urbanus)
The Embarcadero

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