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Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Dark Zone

A few weeks ago I had the honour of Attending photographer Hannes Heikura's exhibition at a local art gallery with my art class. He's a news photographer by trade, but the images in the black and white collection crossed over to a more artistic side (if you can say that). They were all dark, mostly melancholic pictures and some of the most impressive photos I've ever seen and a huge inspiration (I guess gloominess appeals to me). His use of shadows, urban elements (concrete, puddles etc.) and unusual settings is like nobody else's. All of the pictures feature regular people, going about their daily lives, unglamourized and unedited. To my understanding all of the pictures were completely candid, which definitely amped up the wonder of it all.
What made it even more special was that we actually got to see the man behind the pictures as he came to take a look at the exhibition!

The pictures are quite hard to come by online (at least for a rookie like myself), but here's a few that I did

NOTICE: I don't own the rights to any of these images, they are taken by Hannes Heikura. I am solely using them to share with you this wonderful source of inspiration. 

If you live in Finland, or have the chance to get your hand on a copy of his book I promise you it's worth it!

Does this appeal to you, or is it just the little old me who finds romance in this melancholy?
(tell me in the comments)



when BABI speaks said...

nice pictures! love the B&W.

Cicatrix said...

mäki kävin kattoo ton joskus, ihan sika hienoi kuvii

Katia said...

Oh wow, lovely photography! I should check it out!

Juseneide said...

Hum interestinb black and white images.
kisses and tks for your comment.

Mikaela said...

Totally cool!!! :) Love the last one!


Lauren Hairston said...

First off, I love the one with the cat! Anyway, his use of lighting and contrast is spectacular. I like the gloominess, too--I think there's a lot of beauty in night and fog and shadows. It's just difficult to photograph as well as this!