At the elevated NYC Subway Station in Brighton Beach, beauty and grit is the theme in Passing. This joining of seemingly contradictory effects creates an image greater than either. Fine art photographer Deborah Julian captured the natural urban landscape.
by David Stone
Passing, Brighton Beach
Grit and beauty are naturally occurring elements of scenes emerging all over the NYC Subway system. Deborah Julian’s photography captures the evidence of this in Brighton Beach.
Julian’s ability to see the potential for art in everyday surroundings is what sets her work apart. The photos she takes are more than just pretty pictures; they are compositions that highlight the contrast and interplay of light, shadow, color, and form.
In Passing, the photographer has captured the tension between the hard, dirty reality of the city and the softer, more graceful elements that are also present. The image is at once gritty and beautiful, harsh and delicate.
It is this balance that makes Passing so compelling. It is an arresting image that challenges our preconceptions about what is possible in the world around us.
Grit and Beauty
Balance matters, as well as color consistency as a well-dressed woman, awaits as a fast-moving NYC Subway train enters the station. We don’t know where she is going, but the train itself seems occupied by ghostly figures adding a note of uncertainty. It balances out the hard forms and structure of the station as does the soft grace of the woman on the platform.
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About Deborah Julian
Deborah Julian is a fine art photographer living and working in New York City. She has been photographing the city for over 20 years, and her work has been exhibited in galleries across the United States and in Great Britain.
She has a degree in Photography from Villa Maria College and in Art History from Manhattan Marymount College.
About Urban Landscape Photography
Urban landscape photography is a genre of photography that focuses on the built environment of cities and towns. It can include everything from architectural details to street scenes and cityscapes.
Urban landscape photography often highlights the contrast between the hard, man-made elements of the city and the softer, more natural elements that are also present. This contrast can create images that are both gritty and beautiful, harsh and delicate.
Urban landscape photography can be challenging, as it requires a photographer to see the potential for beauty in everyday surroundings. But when done well, it can produce images that are more than just pretty pictures; they are compositions that highlight the interplay of light, shadow, color, and form.
Deborah Julian’s work is a great example of urban landscape photography that captures the tension between the hard reality of the city and the softer, more graceful elements that are also present. In her image Passing, Brighton Beach, she has created an arresting image that challenges our preconceptions about what is possible in the world around us.
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