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.


About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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53 Responses to Urban Life

  1. Amazing photography works. Thank you for sharing his inspiring images with us!

  2. Angeline M says:

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. These are really interesting – futuristic to my eye – great stuff. Thanks for sharing Mike’s style.

  5. Mary says:

    Love those. So creative.

  6. YellowCable says:

    Great works. I love the last picture. The composition and how it represents the relationship with people with architecture!

  7. 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.

  8. Great work by Mike. I like how he has captured the play of light and shadows in his images. Thanks Otto!

  9. Nandini says:

    Great photography! LOved them. 🙂

  10. Leya says:

    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.

  11. Fantastic images, especially the first one. 🙂

  12. Truels says:

    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.

    • 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.

  13. milktherapy says:

    love these photos 🙂

  14. seabluelee says:

    These have a rather alien, almost science fiction flavor to them. I like them very much.

  15. Pat says:

    Beautiful series, the last is my favorite!

  16. Laura4NYC says:

    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…

  17. My Heartsong says:

    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.

  18. The first and the last one are my favourites,
    they do look a bit futuristic to me 🙂

  19. Mike’s use of the silhouette is remarkable. It is tricky to make them work effectively but he has mastered it. I really enjoyed the visit to the Opera House through Mike’s eyes.

  20. Louis says:

    A delightful set of images, well seen and beautifully captured.

  21. Fascinating. My eye is drawn to that first image over and over. Well done.

  22. People and urban photography aren’t really my thing but this is a great collection of imaginative images.

  23. mike mills says:

    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.

  24. Dalo 2013 says:

    Such great use of silhouettes and shadows, makes for some great dramatic and contrasting shots…beautiful.

  25. shoreacres says:

    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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