This photograph was shot from the stairs in the Rathaus Subway Station in Hamburg (Germany). On the up part of the photo we see the Rathaus Towers (City Hall tower) scratching towards the sky.
Here, again, the wide angle effect that widens the part of the stairs that is near us, creates a sensation of invitation to the stairs path into the image.
In the photo we find many lines crossing diagonally towards the center of the image where we find the tower: The stains handles and the side edge of the stairs, the top part of the construction of the stairs and the top part of the Rathaus building on the top left side of the image. They all work creating an imaginary line to our eyes working as a path to them, inviting our eyes to look back at the tower whenever we scan them over the picture.
I also like the mysterious feel of the scene, with the tower half hiding behind the building too, creating this curious sensation of desiring to climb the stairs in order to be able to see more of it. The contrast of light and shadows also helps with such mysterious feelings.
The scene also reminds me of the experience of dream effect. Which nothing is very clear and forms are confused.
It is interesting to think that our visual culture tends towards the pornographic visual; The visual that exposes everything in all its details. It is a visual aspect that has its attractiveness but it leaves no much room for the viewer's imagination and personal experience of the scene. This is the reason I tend to the classic visual language.
The pinhole photograph like this one (photograph shot with no lens), helps with such dreaming like effect because it naturally has a soft focus, for having no lens to make shapes highly defined.
This is the garden with a fountain of the beautiful and well preserved Schwerin Castle in Germany
The wide angle photographs help to have a view of its totality. It is interesting to notice that the fountain in the lower part of the images is as if bending towards us out of the way of the garden in front of it. A visual sensation I enjoy very much.
In the background is the castle, distantant and calling our attention for its tower. Image as a whole has an interesting visual line created by the composition of the elements. On the top is the tower, then the castle below it, then the sidewalks and colunes on both sides of the image towards us. This creates a visual effect resembling a triangle, which turns the image visually interesting and harmonious in my opinion.
Schwerin is a city in Germany known for its palaces and beautiful architecture. It became an independent city in 1160 by Henry the Lion. It is the oldest city of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It is globally known for its romantic Schwerin Palace, situated on an island in Lake Schwerin. The palace was one of the main residences of the dukes and grand dukes of Mecklenburg until 1918 and is the official seat of the state parliament since 1990. The city also has a largely intact old town, thanks to only minor damage in World War II.
This is the stairs to Rathaus subway station, just in front of Hamburg Rathaus (City Hall) in Germany. In the background you can see the city center architecture and its urbain feel.
The wide angle image creates a sensation effect that invites us, the viewer of the image down to the steps. This inviting feeling to its steps path is like inviting us to the scene itself. It also has this feeling of the image hugging us. I like this inviting feeling.
The black and white photographs have a cool feeling which is enhanced in this image by the traces of snow and on the ground as well as by the buildings' architecture.
Black and white photographs also give more focus on the texture of the buildings.
This is Lübeck Holstentor, the first medieval construction we face when entering in the old medieval town.
The wide angle creates this stretching effect which makes the building look powerful and asserting its presence in the image. The long exposure reinforces this visual effect with the "moving sky" (the movement of the clouds).
The long exposure is not an option, it is the only feature of the pinhole camera which this Holstentor was photographed, because pinhole cameras have no lens.
This dynamic visual effect by the wide angle and long exposure works here as if suggesting travelling in time.
Lübeck is officially known as the Hanseatic City of Lübeck, is a medieval city in Schleswig-Holstein, in north Germany, and one of the major ports of Germany, on the river Trave. It was the leading city of the Hanseatic League, and because of its extensive Brick Gothic architecture, it is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The old medieval town of Lübeck is on an island by the Trave river.
This is a pinhole photograph (a photograph made with a camera without lens) of Hamburg City Hall and its fountain.
I like how the building stretches up towards the sky as if it is stretched above us, the viewer of the image and hanging us almost in a ghostly like.
The black and white image transmits a sense of past and coolness. Such coolness feeling if transmitted to the building and expressed through its own antique architecture, as well as enhanced by the white snow and the contrast of the white sky.
The stretched edges of the photo, created by the ultra wide angle image, has a feeling of a dynamic scene, as if we are approaching or distancing the building, or if as the building is approaching or distancing from us.
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