Urban Landscapes

January 13, 2009 ·

Michael Reichmann

Urban Landscapes

Shadows & Patterns

Massey Hall Fire-Escape, Toronto: June, 2001

Photographed with a Leica M6 TTL and Tri-Elmar lens @ 50mm, on Ilford XP2 Super

My life balances between the wilderness and the urban. I live in a large city, and enjoy its pleasures, yet I feel most alive and stimulated when I’m hiking a remote canyon, as far from civilization as possible.

As a landscape photographer I am frustrated by spending as much time as I do in an urban environment, so to keep my photographic skills tuned I createProjectswhich can be undertakenwhereverI happen to be.

Brickworks — Toronto: July, 2001

Photographed with a Leica M6 TTL and 12mm f/5.6 Voigtl”nder Heliar on Provia 100F. Quadtone conversion in Photoshop.

This Project is not about architecture but instead about trying to find ways in which the urban environment either resembles the classic landscape or creates a unique landscape of its own. My intention isn’t to draw direct parallels between them but instead to find images that somehow appeal to the same esthetic.

So far I find myself “seeing” in black and white as I explore this subject though some of the shooting is with colour stock.

I won’t comment on the individual images at this point, but will tie them together conceptually when the Project is done.

Airport Stairwell — Toronto:August, 2001

Photographed with a Voigtl”nder Bessa-T and 12mm f/5.6 Voigtl”nder Heliar on Provia 100F. Monochrome Quadtone conversion in Photoshop.

Shapes & Textures

Lucca Laneway, Italy: June 2001

Photographed with a Canon EOS D30 and 28~135mm lens at ISO 100. Quadtone conversion in Photoshop.

Flyers — Toronto, August 2001

Photographed with a Voigtl”nder Bessa-T and 12mm Heliar on Provia 100F. Converted to Duotone in Photoshop 

 Subway Convergence — Toronto, November 2001

Photographed with a Leica M6 and Tri-Elmar @ 35mm on Fuji Provia 100F

Windows & Benches, Toronto 1999

Green Construction- Toronto, 2001

Canon EOS-1D @ ISO 200 with a Canon 70~200mm f/2.8L zoom @ 200mm. 1/400 sec @ f/8

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Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Michael passed away in May 2016. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country on the globe visit LuLa.

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