Street and Urban

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  • Edifice - Framed Canvas - White

    Edifice

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    This imposing building caught my eye as I was wandering around Ninh Binh in Vietnam. There was something about its shape that fascinated me. I noticed all the builders and thought that I had to capture it.

    I didn’t want them to notice me taking the photo, as I thought it would ruin the integrity of the image. So I waited for a little while in front of the building and pretended to be disinterested. Looking the other way and occasionally taking a photo of something in the other direction. They eventually forgot that I was there and I was able to take the shot. It was very important to me to get the symmetry of the building right. I had to move my position several times until I was in the perfect place. I also needed something in for foreground to grab the viewer’s attention and give some life to the image. The boys on the bike provided that. At 1/80sec the shutter speed was fast enough to provide sharp detail in the people in the building but gave motion blur to the boys. Perfect.

  • The Gap - Framed Cavas - White

    The Gap

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    The gap between the haves and the have not’s is increasing, so much so that the underclass almost goes unnoticed.

  • Tho Quot Co

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    Hanoi, Vietnam is a crazy place where the streets are filled with life. I loved being able to wander around and watch people go about their daily lives. Each street tends to be filled with shops of the same type and it is quite normal for the activity of the shop to spill out onto the pavement. I spotted this shop as I was wandering around and had to quickly take the shot before I was noticed. I wanted to capture, what is a normal and in many ways mundane activity in Vietnam, but to my western eyes, was beautifully chaotic. If I was spotted taking the shot I knew that the authenticity of the image would be compromised.

  • Mannequin - Floating Framed Canvas - White - Image by Michael Lees

    Mannequins

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    Mannequins in a shop window create hunting, but strangely fascinating figures.

  • Cypress Street Store | White frame - Image by Michael Lees

    Cypress Street Store | Hervey Bay

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    The corner store is becoming an increasingly rare sight, due to competition from big supermarkets. Unfortunately shortly after this image was taken the Cypress street store closed its doors for good.