PetaPixel

Photographer Uses Light and Shadows to Frame Human Forms in the City

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Want to see some beautiful street photographs that make use of light and shadows? Look no further than the project “Man on Earth” by London-based photographer Rupert Vandervell. Each image in the series shows a single person’s figure framed by the shadows and features of a big city.

Some of the people are walking through narrow channels of light caused by giant skyscrapers, while others are sitting in a glowing circle of light found in bus stops at night.

Vandervell says that his goal with the series was to focus on the subjects rather than the city. The pictures are “less about the environment they are taken
in and more about the ‘human factor’ moving through it,” he writes.

The photographs do not reveal much about the locations in which they were shot, as most of the features of the area are obscured by darkness. This is intentional — each location is simply meant to represent “the ever-changing backdrop of the modern city,” and the viewer can focus on the “unique visual characteristics of the human form.”

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You can find more photographs from this series over on Vandervell’s website.

“Man on Earth” by Rupert Vandervell (via HuffPo)


P.S. If you liked the idea of this project, you should also check out the work of Ray Metzker.


Image credit: Photographs by Rupert Vandervell


 
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  • http://www.purseblog.com/ Vlad Dusil

    These are GREAT. B/W street done right.

  • ISO640

    Rinzi Ruiz from LA shoots in this style too.

  • Zos Xavius

    Really great!! Now this is how you use light!

  • roseskunk

    Ray Metzger.

  • tonyc0101

    These are fantastic! Definitely should be in a photography class syllabus or photo challenge :)

  • http://www.aepoc.com/ Jason Kessenich

    Fantastic work

  • 3ric15

    I love everything about these. Great use of light, contrast and composition. Keep up the good work!

  • worker88

    This is really great work. Very balanced.

  • Genkakuzai

    Great shots! Some originality as well, for once.

  • bounyong

    Agree. Unobtrusive, but not predatory either. He’s stalking the light & location, mostly.

  • Syuaip

    great post.

  • PJ

    Original? Hum, does ‘Minutes to Midnight’ from Trent Parke ring a bell?

  • Eugene Chok

    love it

  • Burnin Biomass

    Ok, I’m going to be just another voice saying impressive work. I really enjoy these.

  • Vin Weathermon

    The commonality between all these images: only one subject, no other people. The space cannot be filled with anything but the geometry of the buildings and that one little human. I like it….simple.

  • Jason

    They’re great photos though, and a lot better than videos of men growing beards or photos of camera shaped cakes. We should be encouraging more of this.

  • KJ

    Or Harry Callahan 75 years ago.

  • streetshooter

    What….? look at Ray K metzger and a slew of others who have done this for decades..

  • http://dslrvideostudio.com/ DSLR Video Studio

    The use of light and shadow really add a dramatic feel to these images.