the urban ads project 01

moving places, travelling to a city always includes a feeling of disorientation, of not-belonging and even loneliness at its beginning. fortunate are those who can move past this initial state and will eventually find their place in the new environment. maybe even themselves.

but sometimes we cannot move past this. We can maybe see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. but we cannot reach it. we can

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my project is concerned with this state. it works – as photography does – through different layers of light and colour. unknown signs, fragments, artificiality, nature, the urban environment shining through – all aspects of the urban jungle we sometimes have to fight with and fight through.

johannes rigal

(urban) photography

© johannes rigal / 2017

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photography and the urban – a complicated relationship. how can you possibly document the craziness, hardship, happiness, vibrantness, and all the other things that any modern metropolis is by „just“ taking pictures? 

it is this impossible task that has made me a passionate urban photographer, always trying to find a way to portray the urban fabric, the urban dynamics and most importantly the individuals that shape these vibrant and somehow impossible yet contemporary places.

this website aims to illustrate my journey: urban photography projects that try to illustrate the urban. these projects with and within the city include: object photography, portraits, (urban) landscapes, architecture, art.