Patrice Brend'amour

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Koblenz, Germany - combining the old and the new

Koblenz isn't my favorite city in the world. Not even close.

Still, it's a fun little city (~100,000 people) in the western part of Germany with a rich history. For the most part it's a pretty boring place to live in, but it has its beauties once you open your eyes and start looking for it.

That's what I wanted to convey in my set. The combination of the old, rich history of the city and modern influences which are slowy inching it towards the future.

I enjoy playing with light and using it to highlight contrasts. That's why I chose this shot. In addition to the stark contrast between the couple in the front and the (modern) building in the back. I also enjoyed the reflection of yet another building on the facade of the otherwise pretty uniform building on the right.

Finding a good place for a lookup can be hard if your city doesn't have the epic skyscrapers other cities offer. Still, I managed to get this shot of one of my favorite buildings. It's not perfect, but I really enjoyed the   the deep reds of the facade and the white columns that define the building.

What I like most about this particular picture is how the bus disappears towards the right edge of the frame. It's also a great example of the coexistence of old and new in my city. 

This was the hardest part of the entire assignment. There's just not much happening in Koblenz at night. Still, I managed to get a few decent shots in so I had something to choose from. In hindsight I wish I had opted for a shot where the object is static and the background is moving, but I just didn't find the right spot for that. Maybe next time :)

I instantly fell in love with this shot. The way the car ended up almost "phasing in and out" of the shot just looked way too cool. Almost futuristic. The palace in the background almost grounds the outlandish look of it, which fits the story I'm trying to tell. 

P.S: If you want to see more, let me know: I'm @casual_kitchen on twitter, or check out my (more technical oriented) website at brendamour.net

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