Recently in the 2010 Photo Challenge, we were challenged to take a photo of a natural landscape – a landscape with no human intervention. Unfortunately living in Singapore and working, I found this really difficult to achieve.
Further reading, however, lead me to urban landscapes, which is differentiated from cityscape, architectural and candid street photography by Darren Rowse at DPS. He states in his article Photographing Urban Landscapes:
Urban Landscape photography is often gritty, it’s not always pretty and it can be quite abstract.
I’ve found that my attempts at “urban” tend to look cluttered and don’t really seem to have a focus or appear composed. I’ve included some photos below that seem to reflect that abstract, gritty look and seem to have a clear composition or “purpose” to the photo.
In addition, I’m currently dissecting the following articles to see if I can achieve this. If you have any to share, please include them in the comments.
- Urban Landscape Photography Tips – summary of key points by Mark Bury in from an article in Digital Photographer Magazine.
- Amateur Snapper’s Urban Landscape Photography Tips has some ideas for trying to put meaning into the photo, as well as incorporating some of the the tips from the other two articles linked to above.
- Light Stalking’s 21 Shots of Urban Decay serve as inspiration for composition and focus for future photographs.
Examples of urban photography are below.