by Antje Bormann
Every Friday, Darren invites someone to become ‘Guest Editor’ for the day to choose and discuss three or four images that have not been previously published on the website. Today’s Guest Editor is Antje Bormann who describes herself as an enthusiastic photographer with a proper day job.You can see some of Antje’s photography on her blog and Flickr sites.
Having been asked to guest-edit Darren’s blog today, I felt very honoured but also a little apprehensive. I haven’t really written about anyone else’s images, and those who read my own blog will know that the connection between my images and what I write about them can be a rather tangential one at times.
I asked for landscape images as Darren is best know for his animal photography, and I thought it might be a good idea to show another side as well. Then, just to be completely different, I opted for the city shots instead of actual real landscapes. We are certainly breaking moulds today.
I chose the four images you’ll see today as to me they represent city photography quite comprehensively. I am not all that into the glass and chrome, weird surprising angle against dramatic sky black and white shots of banking headquarters’ stunning architecture – although many of them are beautiful, and London especially offers plenty opportunities for this kind of polished and artistic photography.
I am more interested in what city life really is like, warts and all. Like in this picture. Graffiti to some is urban art, to others it is borderline criminal behaviour defacing public buildings. Be that as it may, it is difficult these days to imagine any city completely free from it. Graffiti is most visible, I think, from trains, and I have often wondered how certain examples of it got where they are – some of the locations seem very difficult to get to, indeed. Unlike this location which seems very easy indeed.