Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Soul Of The City by Jasper James


This week began with a silhouette of one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, so it's only fitting that the week should end on a related note. This time, people play a more prominently role, or at least their reflections do, giving character and soul to the city that surrounds them. These are the photographs of Jasper James.


Jasper James is a commercial photographer who's dabbled in just about every photographic discipline, from portraiture to travel photography to advertising. His series City Silhouettes seems to have captured much of all of his work into a single collection.

In his City Silhouettes, James photographs sections of the city from the tallest buildings, only he does so through the reflection cut-aways cast by other onlookers. The effect gives viewers a glimpse of the cityscape through a unique looking glass.


The effect is easy enough to replicate for anyone who's been to any structure with large glass windows or doors; the reflection cuts away light bouncing from within the room, allowing the light from the outside to penetrate inside. What you get is a cut-away portion of the larger view of the cityscape.


In James' case, it seems that a lot of careful planning and feeling went into the making of these photographs. The photographer chose with great care what the resulting view of the city would be through these reflections as viewers are still able to get the experience of the entire cityscape.

To top it off, there's a certain quality to the poses and emotions of the people that make these reflections; pensive, hopeful, reflective, etc. While one can say that these are in effect double portraits of the individuals in these pictures, these are more evocative of the cities themselves.

If cities had faces, these would be their portraits.


To find more of the soul of the city, go to Jasper James' website here. His City Silhouettes series can be found here.

20 comments:

Jaccstev said...

Those photos look fantastic!

GADAFINY said...

I must admit that he has talent .

Major.Mack said...

more nice pics

Shutterbug said...

I like these photos! Great way to end the week! :D

ed said...

feels like im looking out from a hotel window

Bart said...

trippy pics

Bonjour Tristesse said...

It's an interesting concept but these images seem like something anyone could do.

D4 said...

You almost made it seem so much simpler than what it's bound to be. The little things really make a difference for these because it's all there is to define with. Wonderful work!

Jessica Thompson said...

Haha, that's great!

Jacob said...

Hehe, made a photo similar to this a few months ago. Its an interesting technique!

Alphabeta said...

Wow, simple but so effective.

MRanthrope said...

breathtaking stuff.

dora said...

never seen anything like this before!
+follow

R.gers said...

Love the photos. Great stuff!

Astaroth said...

beautiful, yet slightly unnerving.

Gizmo said...

Nice skyline :P

Foxzero said...

liked them you really took your time on them XD so good

Generally Disgruntled said...

unbelievably wonderful

r.alsharif said...

Amazing pictures! I love how they're the first of their kind, truly original! :D

Fred Rickerson said...

These are phenomenal, next time I go to nyc I'll have to try the method.

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