The Square Project 2.1
On most of my travels I give myself an assignment. It has to be something new, to think out of the box. To discover a new technique, a new style or a theme I never photographed before. Just for fun, to stay fresh.
In 2007 we planned a trip to Istanbul, Turkey. I noticed that the human element was almost absent in my landscape photo's. There were reminders of human presents; deserted cars, ruins and other remains, but no living human. Even my city scapes were mostly empty.
I did some street photography before, but somehow I needed a little more to get me started. The old Dutch saying goes something like 'restriction is the master of creativity'.
Walking in the streets of Istanbul I rembered an old book I once got with 4x4 prints of street photography. It seemed like a great challenge. I mostly shot with extreme wide angle lense, resulting in big wide, open landschapes. Working in a square frame meant I had to come up with completely different solutions for composition and framing.
It was one of the best assignments I gave myself, one that I never closed completely. Every now and then I hit the streets and get into the square mood...
Here are some of the results, a work in progress...
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