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Amateur Vs. Pro: How Differently The Same ‘Ugly’ Location Looks When Pro Photographer Shoots It
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Amateur Vs. Pro: How Differently The Same ‘Ugly’ Location Looks When Pro Photographer Shoots It

Award-winning art photographer Vijce is back with fresh inspiration, though it’s not exactly the colourful work you may be used to from him. This time, the German camera pro used a gloomy train station staircase as his main subject, but the beauty he brought to the’ugly’ location is something we can all learn from.

“To be honest, I’ve captured my favorite street photos in the ugliest of all places,” Vijce wrote in his recent PetaPixel feature. “Sure, it’s a bit more challenging to find the extraordinary in the ordinary… but isn’t that what street photography is all about?” Indeed, he somehow manages to capture the industrial grit of the station in a softer, more ‘human’ light, an effect he insists can be achieved in any place a photographer has available to them.

If you simply observe any length of scenery for a while, no matter how depressing it may seem at first, you’ll notice things that other passing by don’t see. You’ll notice people that you would otherwise ignore. Vijce writes that this is the key to finding unique shots in any situation, as well as experimenting with perspective by laying down, walking around, and looking up.

Check out the surprisingly powerful photos below, as well as a special video at the end.

(h/t: PetaPixel)

To the average photographer, this train station staircase would probably look gloomy or ‘ugly’

Image credits: Vijce

Image credits: Vicje

Award-winning photographer Vijce, however, saw a world of possibilities in the unusual location

Image credits: Vicje

Image credits: Vijce

Image credits: Vijce

All a photographer must do is spend time observing the location, then play with perspective

Image credits: Vijce

Image credits: Vijce

Image credits: Vijce

Image credits: Vijce

What was once a depressing industrial atmosphere now appears more ‘human’ and ‘alive’

Image credits: Vijce

Image credits: Vijce

Learn more about the compelling process below:

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Captain Planet
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4 years ago

I think this is the most accurate photography article I've seen on panda so far. "All a photographer must do is spend time observing the location, then play with perspective"

Hans
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4 years ago

Actually, you can probably sum it up as: if you are a good photographer, you put attention to detail. Which is not entirely surprising...

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.gas.
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4 years ago

There seems to be a lot of "you suck at taking photos, average person" posts on BP lately.

Lauren Towner
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4 years ago

Mmmm the wording of the title is tricky isn't it? I don't like the 'ordinary person' vs XYZ profession article titles. Maybe a more accurate one on this would be 'those that have an eye for a good photo and those who don't', after all plenty of people who aren't professional photographers can take excellent photos because they have an eye for a good image / composition. But I suppose it needs to be a snappy article title so 'Mere mortal vs photography God' it is XD

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Daria B
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4 years ago

This reminds me of how my university's campus is literally "not a big deal", but on the website it looked all space and luxury.

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Captain Planet
Community Member
4 years ago

I think this is the most accurate photography article I've seen on panda so far. "All a photographer must do is spend time observing the location, then play with perspective"

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Actually, you can probably sum it up as: if you are a good photographer, you put attention to detail. Which is not entirely surprising...

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.gas.
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4 years ago

There seems to be a lot of "you suck at taking photos, average person" posts on BP lately.

Lauren Towner
Community Member
4 years ago

Mmmm the wording of the title is tricky isn't it? I don't like the 'ordinary person' vs XYZ profession article titles. Maybe a more accurate one on this would be 'those that have an eye for a good photo and those who don't', after all plenty of people who aren't professional photographers can take excellent photos because they have an eye for a good image / composition. But I suppose it needs to be a snappy article title so 'Mere mortal vs photography God' it is XD

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Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

This reminds me of how my university's campus is literally "not a big deal", but on the website it looked all space and luxury.

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