UrbEx and HDR of yore

UrbEx and HDR of yore

By |2014-09-16T18:23:31+00:00Sep 16th, 2014|

I honestly can’t remember the last time I spent more than a passing minute tone-mapping an HDR image or stylizing an UrbEx (Urban Exploration) photo. It has been even longer since the last time I went on an UrbEx shoot. I think it was with my buddy, Todd Sipes, but I can’t remember. I’m sure he’d know better than me at this point. While my life has been dominated with the natural landscapes and waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest, I have to admit that I sure do miss the sound of my camera rifling off a bunch of brackets in a dingy hallways of an abandoned school or office building. There is a real art to UrbEx photography and I’m lucky to know two truly talented photographers who take it way more seriously than I ever did, the aforementioned Todd and Amy Heiden. I’ve gone on several UrbEx shoots with them and always had a blast. If anything, what I find most intriguing about this genre of photography and exploration is the stark contrast that it has when compared to photographing a waterfall or a vista. But, then again, that’s why I love photography so much. On one day, I could be climbing through a broken window into an asbestos-laden hallways (with a respirator on) and the next day, I could be standing at the base of a gigantic waterfall. Both offer me tremendous satisfaction and help get my creative juices flowing.

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  1. […] UrbEx and HDR of yore – Brian Matiash brings us along on an UrbEx trek where we takes us inside what appears to be an abandoned school.  It’s been years since the feet of students walked these hallways, and the active process of decay has begun creating a sense of strong artistic tension through the series of unanswered questions posed. […]

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