Sometimes, the way a photographer approaches the mundane, everyday environment shapes a new perspective of our modern topography. Urban landscape photography has been around since the mid-1800s, when photographers rushed to document the modernization of gothic Paris into the new urban vision created during the Industrial Revolution. Treatment of available light and positioning of the camera developed a mood that would define the growth and/or loss the individual artist felt.
Likewise, London-based photographer Brendan Austin has found a way to communicate the urban landscape in a way that gives the impression of honesty and openness in the midst of constant change. Though carefully composed, the images do not give the portrayal of being at odds with what is currently laid before the lens. The treatment of light and subject remind me of Fine Artist Catherine Opie’s Skyways and Icehouses. The images are both fleeting yet timeless – frozen in a specific moment in time.
Brendan states that what he loves most “is to travel somewhere, and work out very quickly how to work with whatever natural light is available.”
The images embrace the light and natural state of the urban environment instead of trying to recreate or mold it into something different. The minimalistic treatment of the picture frame only adds to the impact of the landscape’s features.
Brendan’s work has been featured in fine art exhibitions and publications, as well as sought out by commercial clients such as Frame Magazine, Wired Magazine, Guise Architects, Moderna Museet (Stockholm Modern Museum), and SAAB.
Until Next Time . . .
Stay Inspired ~ Jules
CREDITS : Photographs by Brendan Austin have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.