Artist Statement

Balanscapes: San Francisco ‘12-’13

Balanscapes: San Francisco ‘12-’13 is a series of fine art based photographs that seeks a balance between buildings and people in the city of San Francisco. The term Balanscapes comes from the words Balance and Landscapes where the series is about finding the balance throughout the process of creating the images and those images take the form of urban landscapes. My life has been revolving around cities since I was born. Later in life, I majored in mathematics before I discovered my passion for photography. As I started photography in a deeper context, I felt freedom in expressing my thoughts and this allowed me to ease my eyes to see the world in different views. Unlike mathematics, in art there are no right or wrong answers, but you must use your unique vision to grab the audience’s attention. This unique vision of mine was to combine both mathematical influences and artistic influences. In order to do so, I needed to find the balance between these two different influences and I wanted to emphasize the process of finding that balance by creating this series.

As I walk around the city, I have a tendency to see buildings from across the street and visualize them as grids or patterns. Usually those grids or patterns are somewhat balanced but they require something more than the building itself to achieve total balance. Although there are many objects along with buildings in the urban environment, I found that the existence of humans is the one that really fits to that requirement. Buildings and people are different yet they balance each other to form the city. This not only relates to influences on my photography, but also to my linguistic abilities and cultural experience that balance together to form who I am.

For this series, I used both traditional and contemporary techniques. I spent thirty minutes on average waiting for the desired alignment of people within the frame of the space I create with buildings in my camera. To do this without any technical restrictions, a DSLR camera with a tripod and a cable release were used. In post production, I limited myself from adding more elements or combining multiple images in Photoshop to create similar results because I felt that those would disconnect me from the whole process of photographing. I thought it was important for me to be at the locations constantly to get involved in photographing while observing the scene and analyzing the balance between the buildings and people.