My photo treasures: Peter Moons

The last photo treasure contribution of this year is about Peter Moons. I have originally discovered Peter Moons' photography on Flickr and really appreciated his minimalistic compositions and in particular the high voltage set and the fork series (of which one example is shown below). The high voltage and fork photographs by Peter Moons are mostly white and black with only very few or no shades in between. The forks or high-voltage cables appear almost like paper-cut silhouettes. I really like how this reduction emphasizes and reveals a shape or pattern, which may otherwise not be appreciated. Similar to the photographs of Gianni Galassi, introduced in the very first photo treasures post, these photographs extended my photographic vision and in particular my courage for emptiness. Thanks to these examples I have for example "dared" to reduce my winter tree photographs to silhouettes.
In general, Peter Moons seems to appreciate geometric or minimalistic compositions that he finds in the urban environment. For example, I enjoy looking at his photographs of the Li├Ęge-Guillemins railway station in Belgium that was designed by the famous spanish architect Santiago Calatrava - what a fantastic location for the discovery of interesting geometric compositions! Noteworthy is also the parafasis gallery, for which Peter Moons combines a photograph and its mirror image into one, symmetrical picture. Finally, I would like to mention the ICM (intentional camera movement) photographs, which document the experimenting and creativity in Peter Moons photography. The idea of these photographs is to have your camera record a photograph while it is being thrown (tossed) into the air (or moved without tossing). Depending on your skills as a catcher this may be a good experiment to justify the purchase of a new camera, but many people obtain really interesting results. There is a vibrant camera tosser group on Flickr and even dedicated webpages (or a blog)! The resulting abstract photographs, including those by Peter Moons, look very fascinating, but I have not tried this technique myself. You can find many more photographs of Peter Moons on Flickr, his personal website as well as in his Blurb book.
Forkwave © Peter Moons

2012/12/29 by Florian Freimoser
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