Photo Essay

Architecture, Chiaroscuro Style

Guggenheim 2 (Now in Stories)

This is a group of images from my 'Chiaroscuro' fine art collection with an emphasis on architecture.

CHIAROSCURO (Italian for clear-dark)

A term in art for a contrast between light and dark. The term is ususally applied to bold contrasts affecting an entire composition.

I have always been fascinated with the 'black and white' in black and white photography. This body of work is a result of that fascination. Influenced by the cinematic 'Film Noir' period of the 40's and 50's and by the work of photographer Bill Brandt, I have copiled these images that emphasize drama and mystery. It is much more about style than subject matter as the goal is always a final print of high contrast featuring deep, rich blacks and brilliant whites. However for this essay, I have narrowed my selection to one subject, that being architecture.

17 responses

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (27 Feb 2013):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (27 Feb 2013):

    John beat me to it on the nomination. It definitely gets my vote. What an incredible series...a real lesson in contrasts!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (27 Feb 2013):

    I absolutely voted, good job James!!!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (27 Feb 2013):

    Of course I voted! WONDERFUL, James!

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (27 Feb 2013):

    Each image is an outstanding stand alone photo, but all together, you've created a powerful series. Voted.

  • Mike Melnotte

    Mike Melnotte gave props (28 Feb 2013):

    Big yes from me. Great work, James!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (28 Feb 2013):

    Excellent story and narration.. Vote!!!

  • Randy Turoff

    Randy Turoff gave props (1 Mar 2013):

    Yes, that says it!

  • Novak Nastasić

    Novak Nastasić gave props (1 Mar 2013):

    Nice essay and great photos!

  • Al Stiegman

    Al Stiegman   said (2 Mar 2013):

    Great series James, I love architecture and Bill Brandt and you do them both justice.

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (3 Mar 2013):

    Fine work; nicely introduced.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (5 Mar 2013):

    Oh how I love those rich blacks and brilliant whites and the stories they suggest. Outstanding series, James.

  • Rahul K

    Rahul K gave props (5 Mar 2013):

    Great work.....

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (6 Mar 2013):


  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (7 Mar 2013):

    An exceptional series.. so striking and well presented!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (11 Mar 2013):


  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (18 Mar 2013):

    fantastic! I love this series, James!

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