In the black white hue of the city, I always find calmness. It is the people that make my city walks memorable. That is what my work is all about – people and their hues – reflecting my own vision as evidence of reality. My notions of what is worth looking at and arranging elements and making compositions.
I think my way of seeing is reflected in my choice of the subject. When I take a photograph, I not only see but also experience the environment – I smell the earth, I feel the breeze on my skin, and I even hear the sounds around me. I use my camera to express my own interpretation of that real event and environment. That is what photography is to me – communicating my own visualization and showing that moment, my impression of the scene through a photograph.
Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is known as the City of Winds. This name is apt today, but it was first used in ancient times. There are two sources of Baku’s breezes. Cold winds blow in from the Caspian Sea, sometimes reaching gale force (32 mph or more), and warmer winds move overland into the city.
An illusion is a distortion of the senses, which can reveal how the human brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. Though illusions distort our perception of reality, they are generally shared by most people. Illusions may occur with any of the human senses, but visual illusions (optical illusions) are the best-known and understood. Black and white architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements.
Every time I see this photo remember -“The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe.
A good walk can do wonders for your mental wellbeing. But it’s not just about the occasional one-off,feel-good factor. Being active has a whole range of benefits when it comes to mental wellbeing. It improves self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue. Physically active people have up to a 30% reduced risk of becoming depressed and staying active helps those who are depressed recover. In older people, staying active can improve memory, attention and processing speed – good news for this man and all street photographers.
A bridge is a structure built to span a physical obstacle, such as a body of water, valley, or road, without closing the way underneath. Bridges provide passage, usually over something that can be detrimental to cross otherwise, making them an interesting object that can add symbolism to a photograph as well.
A street is a public thoroughfare in a built environment. It is a public parcel of land adjoining buildings in an urban context, on which people may freely assemble, interact, and move about. A street can be as simple as a level patch of dirt, but is more often paved with a hard, durable surface such as tarmac, concrete, cobblestone or brick, which also means there are many ways we can define “street photography.”
Again, I think my way of seeing is reflected in my choice of the subject. With my camera I capture an experience and express my interpretation of the moment.
Sometimes, my experience includes my mood. My mood is inconsistent, and it changes with the weather. In the city of resistance, I haven’t been feeling better about anything or anyone that I chose to believe in. Something tells me I won’t find what I need. Sometimes silence is the best solution.