Miguel Angel Blanco is an architecture and urban landscape photographer from Spain and his images of wide open spaces of urban world are very impressive. Urban landscape photography is considered experimental and abstract with its focus on industrial and residential complexes, parking lots, graffiti on the wall, and open free areas where we often go and sit for a while. It doesn’t have to be comforting or pleasant. It’s closely related to cityscape or street photography but may not show up the ‘signs of life’. It is also an attempt to capture the dramatic elements originating from the interaction of man-made objects with its surrounding. A look into images of Miguel give a fair idea what an urban landscape is all about.
I was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1969. I live currently in the outskirts of the capital. I am a self-taught amateur photographer. I have always been interested in creative work and particularly in visual arts. I like literature, classic cinema and… football.
I think that I have always been interested in photography. Three years before I purchased a good camera (Panasonic DMC-GH2) and since then I devote more time to photography as much as I can. It can be said that this is the year when I discovered my photographic style.
Currently photography has become my passion. I spend much of my free time and it gives me great satisfaction. I sincerely believe that all human beings have a talent for something and you just have to find out.
Tell us about your key area of photography and your gear:
I like the architectural photography and urban landscape. I’m interested in architecture that affects the lives of the people. I think the urban landscapes and the architecture says a lot about our times.
For three years I have been using the camera Panasonic DMC-GH2 micro 4/3 format and for some months I have been working with a Canon 5d MKII camera and a Canon 50mm lens. I use Adobe Llightroom 5 for the entire processing of image. I do not make many adjustments beyond framing, level, color correction and little else.
Tell us about your creative methods, approaches, and preparations in urban photography:
I principally work with the square format and I like that motives are centered in the image. I’m always looking for peculiarities of geometry and symmetry. Of course, light plays a very important though not a decisive role in the shooting. I think today with Internet and everything associated with it, it’s become very easy to learn and imrpove one’s skills in a very easy and comfortable way.
My intention is to continue working in the direction of architectural and urban landscape. Also, I am preparing a project on nature landscape beginning in 2015. It will be a several years of work.
I wish I could devote full-time to photography. It is not possible at the moment but I hope to get plenty of time in future. It’s motivating to stick to my discipline and discover the images that are yet to be discovered.
I think there are many magnificent photographers who are producing amazing work in our times. I specially like work of Matthias Heiderich, Tom Blachford and Patrik Lindell. I am also inspired with Andreas Gursky, Stephen Shore, etc.
Something to say to our readers?
Work, work, work.
Miguel Angel Blanco links: Flickr
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