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Old April 5th, 2009, 01:30 AM   #1
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Can One Photo tell it all?



My interest in the use of photography of a city, is can one photo tell the story or identity of a city. This one photo must be able to communicate the architecture, the people, the lifestyle, etc.

It must be taken from a persons perspective, absolutely must focus on the scale of the city, the spatial conditions, fabric of the city.

Maybe this can be. I dont necessarily hope that a picture of the Empire State building will yield the answer "New York City". I hope for an image of a city that communicates what the city is all about without using words...simply look at the image and say "yo la tengo"..."i got it"
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Old April 5th, 2009, 01:36 AM   #2
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Old April 5th, 2009, 01:44 AM   #3
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nice pic of Tokyo

well im not looking for sarcasm, but thanks for replying
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Old April 5th, 2009, 01:48 AM   #4
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Old April 5th, 2009, 12:06 PM   #5
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My interest in the use of photography of a city, is can one photo tell the story or identity of a city. This one photo must be able to communicate the architecture, the people, the lifestyle, etc.

It must be taken from a persons perspective, absolutely must focus on the scale of the city, the spatial conditions, fabric of the city.

Maybe this can be. I dont necessarily hope that a picture of the Empire State building will yield the answer "New York City". I hope for an image of a city that communicates what the city is all about without using words...simply look at the image and say "yo la tengo"..."i got it"
Nice idea @lukasargyros examble this beautiful pic is from Venice (Venezia), Italy; the most awesome and stunning place in E.U. and the all world

btw your name sounds Greek? Are you from Greece?
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Old April 9th, 2009, 09:55 PM   #6
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Nice idea @lukasargyros examble this beautiful pic is from Venice (Venezia), Italy; the most awesome and stunning place in E.U. and the all world

btw your name sounds Greek? Are you from Greece?
my father was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and moved to the states when he was 6. I was born and raised in New York and currently reside here. Although I will be moving to Germany for two years to continue my Architectural education.

Unfortuneatly I do not speak Greek, but hopefull after I pick up German I will learn some Greek.

Thanks for the post!
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Obviously it is easier to capture a city with one photo when it has such a unique character as Venice (great pic!)

For an average run of the mill city it is probably impossible.
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Old April 10th, 2009, 01:46 AM   #8
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This is ...... AUCKLAND !

This photo sums up Auckland for me. A young city striving to be bigger and better. A city that never needs an excuse to host a festival or to throw a party. A city that is home to 184 different Nationalities. A city that is the heartbeat of a small, young, beautiful and prosperous Nation that kicks way above its means.


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Weclome @lucasargyros

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Obviously you are very familiar with this site and how to upload many images. I have done a lot of travelling and have many images I wish to upload, but how do you load so many in each post?
First of all upload your pics into a host program, like for examble Photobucket.
You have 50 pics (examble)? Select all those pics to upload them
Then taking the URL by each photo you can post them here using the IMG code:
[img]first image's url[/img]
[img]second image's url[/img]
[img]third image's url[/img]
etc
etc

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Obviously it is easier to capture a city with one photo when it has such a unique character as Venice (great pic!)

For an average run of the mill city it is probably impossible.
i agree. but in the sense of knowing what city it is. for example if i took a picture of the empire state building, everyone will know it is New York City or a certain quality of a city that is well known then most people can recognize it. but take a city or town that is not well known, there is something about that town that can be captured in a photo. the lifestyle, the people, the architecture, etc.

its not necessarily about identifying what city it is but more of capturing the qualities of the city. so i wouldnt show a picture of the famous parts but the local areas that really make the city...but this is all about how i feel about places...we are all different.

but im a traveler and want to see as much as possible.
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thank you christos!
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i agree. but in the sense of knowing what city it is. for example if i took a picture of the empire state building, everyone will know it is New York City or a certain quality of a city that is well known then most people can recognize it. but take a city or town that is not well known, there is something about that town that can be captured in a photo. the lifestyle, the people, the architecture, etc.

its not necessarily about identifying what city it is but more of capturing the qualities of the city. so i wouldnt show a picture of the famous parts but the local areas that really make the city...but this is all about how i feel about places...we are all different.

but im a traveler and want to see as much as possible.
I agree with plcmat. Some cities are not that different from people worldwide. I mean, probably any european can't see any difference between Sydney and SF if you don't show the icons.

Venice is so charming and easily recognizable but that doesn't happen in every single city.

Surely, if you post a pic trying to capture the essence of the city, most of the people worldwide just can tell you what country it is. Or maybe, just a big delimited zone.

Is not easy, but you can try. It's a good experiment
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Old April 16th, 2009, 10:10 PM   #14
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I agree with plcmat. Some cities are not that different from people worldwide. I mean, probably any european can't see any difference between Sydney and SF if you don't show the icons.

Venice is so charming and easily recognizable but that doesn't happen in every single city.

Surely, if you post a pic trying to capture the essence of the city, most of the people worldwide just can tell you what country it is. Or maybe, just a big delimited zone.

Is not easy, but you can try. It's a good experiment
thanks for the positive feedback to the idea of this experiment. i love to travel and my favorite aspects of any place are the less known places....so i say keep it open and post pictures all you want of any place you have been. i love a good photo of a place i havent or have been to.
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Old October 5th, 2009, 06:27 AM   #15
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Good thread yes. I think so. It's quite obvious where this is.
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