The Urban Image Thread

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So you've got an image taken in the city/town/suburbs that doesn't have the necessary explicit or implicit human story to be street, doesn't have enough emphasis on building forms to be architecture, or has a combination of the living and built environment so it can't be classified as either. What is it then? Maybe it is an Urban Image.

This thread is for images of the urban environment taken at street level, but not street (if you know what I mean). Street can be found here.

For larger scale Urban Landscapes and Cityscapes see the sister thread here.


<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5669395528/" title="P4232427-PPR2 Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Brisbane - Street by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr">
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E-P1 + Zuiko 4/3 35mm f3.5 Macro


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E-P1 + OM Zuiko 50mm f1.8


<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5546178001/" title="P3122244-PPR Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Brisbane - Street by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr">
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E-P1 + Canon nFD 50mm f1.4


<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5455932634/" title="P1221489-PPR Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro 4/3 by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr">
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Like the idea, Luckypenguin! I'd suggest 'urban design photography'? It's a tricky thing to name, I think! I reckon 'urban juxtapositions' is a bit of an unwieldy title, but I think that would cover these pics of mine...


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Trafalgar Square

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Sacred & Profane

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Cheesy Big Ben/London Eye/Black cab combo

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Square, square, square, circle

All taken with GF1+20mm, though wish I had a telephoto to hopefully compress distance a bit for the last one!
 
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Thanks for posting your images, dabbler. It is something that is hard to give a single name to. It might have to be "The Urban [-Insert name here-] Thread".
 
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Lansing Downtown Winter

Cold Lansing Morning.
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Another View

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heres a few that may or may not fit with the category - cant promise all are done with micro 4/3, the odd 4/3 and other formats may creep in

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shadow tree by kevinparis, on Flickr

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tired by kevinparis, on Flickr

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here be snow by kevinparis, on Flickr


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Reflected Glory by kevinparis, on Flickr

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no longer at this address by kevinparis, on Flickr

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Not a Problem by kevinparis, on Flickr

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Austerlitz Twist by kevinparis, on Flickr
 
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Nice shots, K. I like 3, 4 and the last the best.

I think we're establishing that this is a fairly open genre, given that we've had at least five suggested names so far!
 

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Love this idea Nic. Urban Landscapes......

Here's my "prior to the first client" contribution.

Urban Landscapes.

SoHo NYC

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Average Apartment Building, NYC

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Providence, RI - Rainy Day

Providence, RI - Rainy Day



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This is a fun category. I seem to have lots of pictures that fit in here.


Detroit
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20110328 041a by Ronald S. Smith, on Flickr

Detroit
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Ann Arbor
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San Francisco 1987
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York 1981
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Skagway 1985
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0725 by Ronald S. Smith, on Flickr
 
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<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5706225451/" title="P4232547-PPR Olympus Pen E_P1 Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Brisbane - Urban by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr">
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Great thread! Stratokaster, are the photos in your first post of Kyiv? Streets made for people, not cars! Love it.

I've pondered a bit further about what to call this category, and suggest it could be divided into two parts:

1. 'Cityscapes': photos taken across many rooftops, or of a wide open space in an urban area showing many buildings.

2. 'Streetscapes': photos taken at (more or less) ground level that show objects in their built environment which are arranged in such a way as to form graphically interesting relationships and/or suggest incongruity, ideas, a particular mood, humour etc.

Hmm, on the basis of that I think the writers of the Oxford English Dictionary can rest easy in their jobs! Any modifications/other ideas?
 

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Dabbler, unfortunately, no: these photos were taken in the city of many names currently known as Lviv (aka Lvov, Lwow, Lemberg, Leopolis etc.).
 

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stratokaster said:
Dabbler, unfortunately, no: these photos were taken in the city of many names currently known as Lviv (aka Lvov, Lwow, Lemberg, Leopolis etc.).
Why "unfortunately"? L'viv, or Львів, is a beautiful city on its own, whoever "owned" it over the years. City of so many states and languages... I'm not partial, even if my aunt still lives there, and I spent my summers up over the park with every other "paçan" (kid) in the block. There I got my first camera: FED 3 with Industar "L" as in Lanthane...

Хай живе вільна Україна ! :wink:
 

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