We were entranced when we saw Vancouver photographer Zachary Senko's incredible shots of the city. We contacted him and asked about these images, how he went about taking them, and what it is about Vancouver that gives him inspiration.
First, take a look at the amazing photographs, then read Senko's thoughts below:
What is this style of photography called? And how do you create the effect?
The style is a blend of architectural photography and common "light trail" effects. I get the desired effect by using an incredibly low shutter speed, and while the shutter is open, I manually pull the zoom on my lens either in or out, fast or slow, depending on how I want the whole image to look.
What was your intention when making this series of shots?
My intention was two-fold, actually. First, I wanted to turn the conventional light trail photography on its head by instead photographing stationary objects in their own form of movement. Secondly, I wanted to showcase the hidden connectivity of the city through the light sources, to give an overall feeling that the electricity connects everything and yet we never see it, so these photos are my way of showing that hidden connection.
Is Vancouver a particularly good subject for photographers? What are you interested in capturing about the city?
Oh absolutely. There is so much here to spark the imagination and drive of a photographer. Beautiful landscapes, diverse people and wildlife, and for me especially, an ever-growing series of beautiful architectural choices.
For me, it is mostly the architecture. I find it both challenging and satisfying to try and take these buildings people see all day everyday, and maybe have them see them in a new light or gain a different perspective. I love that challenge and I love having people tell me that they never thought of these sometimes drab buildings as any form of art, and yet the photos show them as something unique, as if each one carries its own personality and the personality of its occupants.
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