Forum competition results for February 2013 round - The City Up Close

Forum competition results for February 2013 round – The City Up Close

For February’s round we asked you to adjust the way you look at the

urban environment. Take a wander around the city. What’s the first thing

that strikes you? No doubt it’s the bustling streets and walkways, the

architecture – both classical and modernist – and the smells and noises

that fill the air. But get closer and something else reveals itself. The

colours, textures and intricate graphic shapes that make up a city are

as fascinating as anything you’ll find in the forests and woodland. It

can be too easy to overlook these everyday elements, but surely that’s

the role of photography – to show us the things we can so often

overlook, or to at least present things in a way we had not previously

considered.
 

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second and third places. First and second places also get an ‘Amateur

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Entering this round was an unenviable task. Close-up photography is an

addictive pursuit, particularly in a city or town environment. With so

many things to shoot, where do you begin? Brickwork, litter, dirt,

reflections, graffiti, the manmade contrasted with the natural ­- all of

these themes figured heavily in this round.
 
There were a number

of stand-out images in February’s round. First of all we have Peterf

with his close-up image of a builder’s hording. There is so much to like

about this image. The colours, textures and light have all worked

perfectly together. It’s a painterly, abstract image that really does

require repeated viewing to fully appreciate. I like this image a lot.

Next we have Meredith and a very clever image of a headless red man from

a traffic light. Similarly, Andrew Beasley’s image of a grubby litter

sign is notable for exploiting the textures and subtle shades of the

subject. One image that I have to mention is ‘Cutting it a Bit Close’ by

Ephemeral. This is a beautifully graphic shot. We often see images of

natural objects juxtaposed the manmade – it’s a popular subject. This

shot exploits the contrast between the jagged branches and the

symmetrical lines of the brickwork. It’s one of those images I really

wish I could have found myself.

3rd Place
Geren – ‘The Holocaust Memorial the Divided Opinion’
 
This image by

Geren is a great example of how photography can, in quite subtle ways,

communicate big ideas. This is a close-up shot of Berlin’s Memorial to

the Murdered Jews of Europe and it was, as the name of this picture

states, an installation that divided opinion. The memorial consists of

2,711 concrete slabs. It was a controversial project and one that was at

once described insufficient and unnecessary. On the other hand some

found the memorial a beautifully abstract representation of a subject

that almost defies lucid explanation. The crack we are seeing in this

image was not a deliberate aesthetic decision by the architects – it is

the result of weathering that began just five years after the memorial’s

installation. But in this image the crack could be said to represent

the aforementioned discord of opinion. This is a strong picture and more

than worthy third place.
 

2nd place
Clive – ‘Methadone’
 
In

a lot of photography, be it tableaux or documentary, we can see the

remnants of a larger story. Discarded objects – the kinds of things we

see littering the streets – can either lead us to create our own stories

or hint at something real but largely unseen. This is a simple image

but one that communicates a serious social issue. It needs little

explanation but I will say that I’m particularly fond of the floral

patterns on the ground. It’s an unusual juxtaposition but one that works

perfectly. There’s a sense of crawling decay, of something beautiful

being spoiled by the presence of something destructive.
 

1st place
Yebisu – ‘Grand Place Puddle’
 
This

is a beautiful image. Positioning himself in just the right position,

in the right light and with the right depth-of-field, Yebisu has created

an image of great depth. It’s a magical shot and one that plays with

the kind of in-camera trickery that can’t help but charm you. The first

thing that came to mind when I saw this shot was the film work of the

director Jean Cocteau. His beautiful monochrome films made use of clever

framing, weird perspectives and in-camera special effects. There’s a

whole other world in that puddle. It’s like looking through a portal

into a grand opulent landscape. I want to jump in there and explore this

unfamiliar place.
 
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