Ed Fetahovic is an urban landscape and street photographer from Perth, Western Australia. He is a self taught photographer, and have only been taking photos for over a year and a half. We have conducted an interview with him.
How did you begin in black and white photography?
I started out in black and white photography shortly after I picked up a camera almost a year and a half ago now. For a long time I felt like there was an artist inside me locked up so I tried various forms of art as release. I tried writing, painting, and music like most others do, but the creative release wasn't there - I still felt trapped and frustrated. Photography has exploded in recent times and I noticed the trend when my dad decided to pick up a camera and it was apparent to me straight away that dad had found an interest and release he hadn't had before. Fast track a few months and his new found happiness didn't really change and he was talking about purchasing a new camera to aid his development. I offered to purchase his old one to help him collect the funds to buy the model he wanted. I started taking photos the very same day I bought my new camera off dad.I went for a walk and took some photos mainly to play around with the settings of the camera, and also to get use to the functions of a camera as I hadn't really used a DSLR up until that point in time. All the photos were terrible but some of the pictures I took in black and white seemed to sing to me in a way. I spent some time exploring the world of photography until black and white urban photography started to predominate my camera roll. I then began to find artists I truely enjoyed the work of. Ansel Adams was one of the first photographers I did some research on and I found that his black and white photos had such a beautiful abstract moment in them. In viewing Ansel's work, I knew I had found the key to my creative cage. Black and white photography.
What triggers your recent interest in color photography?
Colour photography never really went away for me, I just preferred to show my black and white work. What changed me to start showing my colour work however was that monochrome view was never a blog about black and white photography, it was and still is a blog about discovering photography in the realest sense possible. What I mean by that is to become a great photographer there is only one thing you need to do - that’s practise photography to get better at it. That statement above is what monochrome view means. I try to focus on small details to point out the interesting beauty in a lot of what we don't notice in our day to day lives and given that my style is one I would consider quite niche - to keep it constrained to black and white makes it more niche so after viewing a few amazing colour photos and doing some colour wheel research I decided that colour needed to be included in my urban landscapes because it was part of the small detail I was trying to express and show.
Which elements in urban landscape and street photography do you like the most?
I suppose before I begin I should define urban landscapes and street photography for the sake of this question - To me, urban landscapes are not just about the buildings and the wider cities we live in, it’s also about the randomly small alley ways and indirectly created spaces that exists between the high rise walls - but I also try not to omit people from urban landscapes because effectively that is part of the detail. There is a distinct difference between urban landscape photography and street photography however. Street photography has recently become known to be pictures of people walking past a nice geometric shape or something - and this actually is not a street photo but an urban landscape. Street photography is a candid moment being caught in real time so when you look at the street photo it feels as if you are there. A person yelling at the photographer as he takes their profile would be what I would consider a street photo. So the elements that I like about urban photography are the detail you can present and how it is presented in and around our city walls. I like manipulating lines, shapes, colours and shadows to develop a new feel about a building no one really notices in their day to day lives and just the shear option of finding different artistic moments in what would normally be considered just a building parking lot or dirty alley way are really important elements to me in urban landscape photography. In street photography, I simply like the raw candid moments achieved by being in the right place at the right time. If you like people watching, then effectively that’s what street photography is. Observing people and taking photos of their expressive behaviours. To me this allows us to keep searching for ourselves in other peoples behaviours.
How did you become an abstract urban and street styles photography lover?
Like many people searching for their style, I feel into this style searching and doing things that I like. I found a few artists pushing certain styles to their limits and I couldn't ignore the work they were doing. It challenged and inspired my perspective and so I began looking for more abstract and not so obvious moments. I still do that to this day actually - I’m always looking for new ways to challenge my own ideas to keep developing better and more interesting perspectives to deliver to people. That’s how I feel in love with the style.
Where do you find creative ideas in your photography work?
I think a lot of my inspirations comes from interacting with other forms of art. Sculptural art, modernist art, cubism, and so on. Anything that allows me to see in a new way and add elements to my ideas is how I find creativity.
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