Totally mind stretching

There are some of my readers who find my photographs a bit out of the ordinary (you are allowed to cough) – “strange,” I have heard it said -”weird,” that’s a real compliment. However all of that is nothing compared with many of the pictures at Photo London this year.

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There you would have seen strange photographs that are wildly imaginative; terrific compositions, but one has to be prepared to engage with the unusual.

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My favourite this year was the work of Edward Burtynsky whose large format industrial landscapes won him the Photographer of the Year award at Photo London.

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He has created a massive panoramic view or a quarry which covered an entire wall. Some of his other pictures, like the work of Andreas Gursky take on an abstract quality.

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Looks unusual

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This year though many of the galleries were displaying “vintage / retro images” which is a trendy term for old photographs. The prices also were trendy and frankly unbelievable. I hope this fashion fades quickly. The sales I saw happening were not for those works.

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It was good to see that images of photographers like Nick Brandt and Stephen Wilkes were still popular. Large pictures with distinctive styles.

Here are a few to give you some ideas

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A sort of variation on a theme of day to night!

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The one on the left is the picture on the right viewed from the side. Parallel strips of glass

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I didn’t find any of these pictures compelling but the arrangement and the variation of mounts  – some skill

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This one is interesting but I don’t think I would want it on my wall.

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Meet the photographer Michael Flomen.

Below is his masterpiece

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Lots of new ideas for even bigger pictures. Reinvigorated I shall ride off into the sunset with my camera. Does anyone know where there might be a quarry to let?

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