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SUB-FRAMING

Sub-framing is a composition technique in photography, where you put the subject or an object in a frame within the image. You can frame it with lines, other objects, out of focus areas, light and shadow areas to name a few.

I like to use sub-framing in my street photography to provide a more interesting point of view or show a bit of context. In general I want to create more visually interesting images and I like juxtaposing people with their environment. Framing interesting people or situations within their environment, especially other moving objects, just adds another layer to the idea of capturing a unique moment.

When I am taking pictures of sights (e.g. World Trade Centre or Big Ben) I usually can’t stop thinking that these have been photographed before millions of times. So when I am travelling I of course take the obvious choice of photos, but I also know that it has been done before and certainly has been done before way better. I am always striving to get a different picture of the sights, a different angle or some detail I find interesting, something a little bit unexpected. Often I achieve this through sub-framing:

Most of these compositions are different to the usual image of these sights, but just taken from a different point of view. However, I also try to find frames that are just there temporarily, e.g. the World Trade Centre framed within a graffiti within a building site window; can you call that “double sub-framing”!? ;-) The important point is though that in a few months when the construction work is done, this view will not exist anymore, making it also just a moment in time.

When I went to Washington I already knew what to expect from the sights. I’ve seen the Capitol, the White House, the Washington Monument  and the Abraham Lincoln memorial many times before, in the news, on photographs and in movies. However I didn’t expect to see so many food trucks on Capitol Hill! Maybe I was just hungry, but it really captured my interest. Furthermore I am a foodie anyway and especially love street food, so I tried to incorporate the food trucks in my photos of the capitol, while still putting the emphasize on the main subject.

Product Photography

Product Photography is mainly about accurately presenting a product online or in catalogues or magazines. However more creative, eye-catching images are needed in marketing or in web design as hero images!

I’ve been updating my commercial product photography portfolio recently to show more of my work that can be used for advertising, online or in print!

In contrast to portraiture there is no human interaction in still life photography, however great attention to detail is of the essence, to make products stand out! Most product photos are very simple in composition, so every little piece of dust, any crease or light reflection or shadow will be noticeable and distracting. So my job is to avoid all these pitfalls while creating interesting images.

Here are a few examples of different approaches to present products:

Using colour to attract attention:

The standard white background product image, but with a little twist….

The natural “lifestyle” look:

Check out more product photos in my portfolio and get in touch if you need your products to shine on your website or even on a billboard!

Street Wear – Look Book

Creating look books for brands is something I want to do more in the future! What I like about it particularly is that it combines pretty much everything I am passionate about in photography: portraiture (especially environmental on location), fashion and street photography.

For this shoot I wanted to use a location I have been cycling past quite often before. It is just some bridges and footbridges across the North Circular Road in London. There is literally nothing beautiful around there; I don’t think this location has ever been used for a photo shoot. But that is exactly what I am thriving on. I knew there would be some great images to be made, with the right framing and lighting. I think changing or enhancing a scene with lighting and capturing an image that you can’t see with the naked eye brings back a bit of the magic, that I am missing from developing film in the past!

Furthermore what I really enjoyed is finding three different setups within 5 min walk. In my opinion you could think these three locations were shot on three different days, when actually we did all of it in about 2 hours!

Location 1:

Location 2:

Location 3:

Street Photography : Tate Modern

In June 2016 the new Tate Modern extension known as the Switch House opened its doors. It is 10 stories high and it allows 60% more artworks from the Tate collection to go on show.

The architecture looks great and uses a bricks similar to the original building. What I didn’t know and just read about is that the facade is made of “a perforated brick lattice through which the interior lights glow in the evening”. Sounds very interesting so I have to go back to see it after dark some time!

On the top of the Switch House is a viewing gallery, from where you have an amazing view all around. With the Tate and the Skygarden in the city there are now two amazing free viewing platforms, which I’ll recommend to anybody who is coming to London!

Fuji X100S Panorama in camera

The interior architecture of the Switch House is exceptional itself and one could be forgiven to be as interested in the building as in the amazing artwork it features.

As a street photographer I was especially interested to observe the visitors instead. I caught a lot of them on their phones :)

To be fair, with the Tate Modern now being the biggest museum of modern arts on earth, people do need a break sometimes!

In the Tanks on the ground floor there were video installations by Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The following photos just give an idea of it, but you have to see it for yourself.

There is so much else to discover, especially with a camera! I just leave it there with a couple of photos, one of a mirror installation and another one made inside a big box :)

Street Photography : Brexit

Following the EU referendum and the democratic decision for the UK to leave the European Union many people came together on social media trying to organise protests on Trafalgar Square. Although the protests were cancelled last minute due to the lack of official permission, thousands of people came to Trafalgar Square that Tuesday evening anyway, despite wind and rain.

I decided to go there too, not as part of the protest, but I thought there was a great opportunity for some interesting street photography. I am not a press or documentary photographer, but I did want to document what was going on there and find some interesting moments.

The rain didn’t make things easier, but on the other hand it made for some more interesting photos:

It was interesting to see lots of other photographers and TV stations covering the events, but especially interesting was to see how much effort many people made to dress up and make signs. 

 

Depending on the framing and taken out of context there were some interesting moments to capture:

 

And in all that chaos I was very lucky so see the following moments between two of the protesters unfolding and I managed to capture this little photo story :)

 

I stayed there for about two hours and after walking countless rounds on Trafalgar Square I decided to pack up and leave the rain. It was just the next day that I saw in the news that the protest got a lot bigger later and thousands of people marched to the Houses of Parliament. Unfortunately I missed that, but it’s always difficult to decide when to leave and when to stay.