Urban Funk 2

The last time I posted, it was to extol the pleasures and challenges of urban photo reportage. I’m much more scene responsive than scene creative and the urban environment offers extraordinarily diverse scenarios. I  have been concentrating on Urban Funk as one of the many varieties of urban scene.

(Remember – for better and larger image click on the original)

UF is widespread in Cape Town but two of the most celebrated places are OBZ and Long Street. Besides the passing parade and street scenes, the architecture and even interiors offer a rich visual palette.

First up is a well known fabric shop in OBZ with a colourful display of fabrics .

Fabric Kaleidoscope
Fabric Kaleidoscope
Looking Out
Looking Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Long Street the venerable Clarke’s bookshop exerts an irresistible pull with its rich collection of Africana and much else besides.

Clarke's of Long Street
Clarke’s of Long Street
Upstairs
Upstairs

 

 

 

 

 

The Core
The Core

But for me the street scenes are always an attraction, though one tends to concentrate on the unusual and arresting images and thus to some extent falsify reality. 

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Fellow Photographer
Fellow Photographer
Taxi
Taxi
Passersby
Passersby

 

 

I would like to end this post with a side-by-side comparison of two treatments of a single scene of a young man drinking coffee in OBZ. One is a conventional colour image while the other is a gritty B & W. The mood and responses engendered by the two treatments are quite different.

Coffee Time

Coffee Time B&W
Coffee Time B&W

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my next post I will end off with a relook at the apparent oxymoron, Urban Rural.

Mike Berger

 

 

 

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