Images containing planimetric

Toiletwolf (huh?) is right now one of my favourite photography weblogs. I’ve always been partial to austere planimetric (that is, ‘elevation’) photography, and I’m really enjoying the author’s use of longer lenses and croppings in the compositions.

I rarely mention things about my hometown, even though I sometimes post planimetric pictures of its run-down façades. However, this 1945 photo by Helga Glassner did somehow capture my interest. In it you can see the southmost part of Avenida dos Aliados and the Praça da Liberdade at its end, and beyond that — at the top right of the picture — it seems the Douro river can be seen. And that strikes me as odd. Even though the picture seems taken from the clock tower of the City Hall building at the north end of Aliados, the building was still under construction in 1945. Was it taken from a crane, perhaps?

Having my studio in a building located in the vicinity, I find it nice to remember the time, not long ago, when there were trees and a bit of gardening in Aliados, instead of just the drab granite pavement that greets me as I leave the subway station every day. (via Pedro Quintas)

Legs Aug 4th

Submarine Aug 4th

Triangle Aug 4th

Yellow doors Aug 4th

Mail and Toys Aug 4th

Closed I Aug 4th

Rua da Boavista Aug 4th

Closed IV Aug 4th

Closed V Aug 4th

Closed III Aug 4th

Closed II Aug 4th

Bikes Aug 4th

More photos taken with the Voigtlander Bessa-L, this time without the faux black & white.

This photo makes perfectly clear how the Industar lens, made before advanced optical coatings were commonplace, is soft: the diffusion in the edges around the sky isn't due to any kind of post-production effect. The soviet lens does hold very well in the other pictures, though.

Crisis - Coffeehouse Mar 19th

Politics Mar 19th

Crisis - Fabrics Mar 19th

For 1 Purer Kiss Mar 19th

Tags II Mar 19th

Private Property Mar 19th

Stairs Mar 19th

Crisis - Bookstore Mar 19th

Hollow building Mar 19th

Lamp Mar 19th

Tags I Mar 19th

Ribeira Landscape Mar 19th

No matter how often Porto gets voted Best European Destination by tourists who want a quick escape to a place with cheap food, drinks, and a taste of Southern European servilitude towards their economic overlords (of course, the local hostel economic bubble and the fact that cheap Ryanair flights arrive at an airport which is actually pretty close to its destination city might also have something to do with it), the city's true charm lies in the bits and pieces that so far have defied gentrification.

A sign of the times: It had been over a year since the last time I used film. So yesterday I loaded some Fuji 400 I had in the fridge into my old EM (it has a shutter that sounds and feels like a heavy slap in the face, but alas, my favourite camera — the Electro — took a nasty blow to the lens and is stuck on infinity). I went to the street and got to do what I seem to do best (because I’m a coward who doesn’t photograph people): silly planimetric street typologies.