Urban Life

© Mike Mills
© Mike Mills
© Mike Mills
© Mike Mills
© Mike Mills
© Mike Mills
© Mike Mills
© Mike Mills
© Mike Mills
© Mike Mills

For his personal photo project during the previous eWorkshop «Finding Your Photographic Voice» I taught last autumn, Mike Mills, chose to focus on the modern opera house in Oslo. This opera house is situated right by the waterline and what most of all characterizes the architecture is the inclined rooftop that is open for the public to explore. While Mike photographed the opera house from all angles and in so doing both captured fascinating details and beautiful overall views, the strongest images came out of delving into the interaction between people and the building. He explored both traditional angles as well as seeking out new ways of framing the images. His photos are full of life and delight; making the viewers almost physically feel the visitors joyfulness and awe in their encounter with this very special architecture. The people in his photographs are not only extras in an interesting movie, but form a symbiotic relationship with the building they are exploring. It’s almost as one cannot exist without the other.

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53 thoughts on “Urban Life

  1. Wonderful work by Mike. I especially like the first two photos. The first one for its starkness and use of people showing the scale of the buildings, and the second one of people in silhouette that is a lovely way to showcase them.

  2. I like the glass building. I also remember when living in Germany a base called ‘Rhein Mein’. It was attached to the Frankfurt Flughaven. I remember paramilitary guys riding on jeeps with big guns. I do miss those days, some thirty years ago.

  3. He certainly has a vision and uses it to interpret not only a stunning example of architectural excellence but those who inhabit it. After all what is a human structure without humans to interact with it. His work has clarity and purpose.

  4. He is very talented in finding new angles. I especially like the first one and the last one. The first one made me associate to the pyramids in Gizah. The last one, caged in in glass, about us human beings and how we look at the world.

  5. I like his urban photos. Modern urban environments today are often cold and boring – almost inhuman! – But it’s fine that he gives them a more human touch.

    1. Yes, modern architecture can alienate us human being, but I think there is something appealing about the contrast of strict geometric forms and the joy and life of people. Thanks for commenting, Truels.

  6. Was all of this shot within one day? Fantastic interpretation. Reminds me that photo projects can last however long they want to. I’m currently working on one that is encompassing two years already…

  7. The first one shows an interesting perspective between the people,the buildings in foreground and the building in the background.Like the leading line in the second and just what the people are doing.I keep going back to these stark scenes and see more and more. Good eye.Well done.

  8. WOW! I had no idea until today that Otto had posted my images, a nice surprise!
    Thanks to all for so much positive feed back, the Opera House project has continued throughout the winter as well as a 365 project recommended by the man himself.
    Mike

  9. I never would have guessed the context of these photos. The variety is delightful, and it’s wonderful to see an urban setting that seems so pleasant. The first photo and my response to it intrigues me. The first thought that came to mind was, “Goodness. That looks for all the world like something René Magritte might have done.”

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