Jun 13, 2008
and now for something completely different...
Images From "City of Shadows" by Alexey Titarenko
Some images just tug at your heartstrings for some reason. My heart must be dark because the above images are probably the most fascinating photographs I have seen in recent memory. Don't why I love them so, but I do.
Titarenko uses long exposure shots of crowds in St. Petersburg, Russia to create these borderline demonic and machine-like images.
Question for all you long exposure guru's out there... What type of camera and technique do you think he is using? How can he have what looks like they could be almost 20 second exposures and retain so much exposure? Is there a trick or was it very dark at the time? Fill me in if you have a clue.
update: Mr. Titarenko was kind enough to email me back already. He is rep'd in NYC and has a few images there at a Russian Photography Gallery (Nailya Alexander Gallery 24 West 57th street) and also has a show in Baltimore through July at the Grimaldis Gallery.
He also pointed out the 30 minute documentary made by French-German TV Channel ARTE on his website. (LINK) The old lady in blue coat that he is stalking in the beginning is hilarious! I'm not sure if he knew her or if she was told what he was doing, but he seems to follow her for a few blocks and manages to get a few shots because she is soooo slow.