Amateur Vs. Pro: How Different ‘Ugly’ Locations Look In Photos When A Pro Is Behind The Camera

Published 7 years ago

Award-winning art photographer Vijce is back with fresh inspiration, though it’s not exactly the colorful work you may be used to from him. This time, the German camera pro used a gloomy train station staircase as his main subject, but the beauty he brought to the’ugly’ location is something we can all learn from.

“To be honest, I’ve captured my favorite street photos in the ugliest of all places,” Vijce wrote in his recent PetaPixel feature. “Sure, it’s a bit more challenging to find the extraordinary in the ordinary… but isn’t that what street photography is all about?” Indeed, he somehow manages to capture the industrial grit of the station in a softer, more ‘human’ light, an effect he insists can be achieved in any place a photographer has available to them.

If you simply observe any length of scenery for a while, no matter how depressing it may seem at first, you’ll notice things that other passing by don’t see. You’ll notice people that you would otherwise ignore. Vijce writes that this is the key to finding unique shots in any situation, as well as experimenting with perspective by laying down, walking around, and looking up.

Check out the surprisingly powerful photos below, as well as a special video at the end.

Photos by Vijce (h/t: petapixel, boredpanda)

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To the average photographer, this train station staircase would probably look gloomy or ‘ugly’

Award-winning photographer Vijce, however, saw a world of possibilities in the unusual location

All a photographer must do is spend time observing the location, then play with perspective

What was once a depressing industrial atmosphere now appears more ‘human’ and ‘alive’

Learn more about Vijce’s process below:


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