Time to post the second urban micro sequence for Taj, the man behind The Rakish Gent, a menswear and lifestyle blog.

Brindley Square, with its multiple doorways, columns and arches, is a location for portrait photography session that communicates civic authority, order and control. That’s was  what columns and arches were invented for in the first place – the aesthetics of repetition, rites of passage, power and control is very compelling. It’s certainly a well of visual and conceptual opportunities. And it’s certainly urban.

They say that the location interpretation can tell a lot about the photographer. I love  strong verticals framing the subject, the receding perspective, the emphasis on shapes and forms rather than texture, the repeating interplay of light and shadows that we used here. Perhaps my leaning towards the classic look and lean clean lines in this installment of Taj’s photoshoot images is an expression of my need for order. Or it’s a subconscious reponse to civic values so strongly associated with urban public architecture.

I am split-testing the way how photos are displayed in my blog posts. In Part 1 (Taj’s cycle style) the gallery feature was used, which, I think, makes it easier for mobile users. In this post individual images are inserted sequentially as a photo story – which is better for search engines. If you can leave a comment which way do you prefer and what is your viewing device!

Location for urban portrait session columns
Repetition as composition device – Taj framed by monochrome columns
Location for urban portrait sessions columns Brindly Place
Framed by clean classic lines
Location for urban portrait sessions columns Brindly Place
Love the repetition of shadows and light
Location for urban portrait sessions columns Brindly Place
I like Taj’s bag
Urban men bag for documents
The light reveal textures
Location for urban portrait sessions doorway Brindly Place
The door’s warm tones and lettuce work adds colour and texture to this portrait
Location for urban portrait sessions doorway Brindly Place
Totally genuine expression – I did not ask Taj to smile!
Location portrait session Brindley Place arches and columns
Repeating archways, repeating columns
Location for urban portrait sessions columns Brindly Place
I like the slight sheen/reflection on the black column in this portrait
Taj is wearing a trendy coat with yellow contrast sleeves and autumnal leaves print
Taj is wearing a trendy coat with yellow-orange contrast sleeves and autumnal leaves print

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