Coryton Refinery, Essex

Surreal black and white art photograph of Coryton Refinery, England, under a single cloud. By Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Haven.

Coryton Refinery, Essex, reasonably near the mouth of the River Thames.

I was thrilled when I found this view—I love a good industrial scene. I took this while out exploring the local area not long after arriving in England. I edited a version of it at the time, but my ability and taste evolved since, so I decided to redo it because I like the subject so much.

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Dilapidated Building, Istanbul

Art photograph of a dilapidated building in Istanbul, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Angles of Attrition.

Dilapidated building, Istanbul. This very run-down structure was on the street of the hotel we stayed in, and home to numerous squatters as far as I could tell. There are many of these sites all around Istanbul, and I’m not sure if they’re protected, or whether people just can’t afford to either develop or demolish them. Either way, I’m glad they are there. They’re eerily evocative and beautiful.

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Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Art photograph of a mosque, Istanbul, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Red Peace.

I don’t remember where this was specifically, but that’s a testament to the high number of beautiful mosques all over Istanbul.

Of a piece with the form of any mosque for me now is a strong association with the trebly warble of the regular call to prayer. They’re invariably broadcast over PA systems not built to convey singing in high fidelity. That’s cool though, it kind of adds even more exotic character.

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Arno River Through Pisa, Italy

Art photograph of the Arno river through Pisa, Italy, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Arno.

Taken in Pisa, Italy. Italy is a fantastic place—excellent food, wine, weather, art, history, and beautiful landscape. This photo was taken on a summer amble through the town on the way to get some of the best pizza I’ve ever tasted. And not just any summer amble, either—Italy was the hottest place I’d been up to that point; Rome reached 45 degrees centigrade. I learned that hard exercise in that type of heat is best avoided.

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Mosque Minaret, Istanbul, Turkey

Art photograph of a mosque tower in Istanbul, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: At Mosque Point.

Taken in Istanbul. High contrast drama was the goal here. The way I began processing this lead to the sky making a natural halo around the tower. When I saw the first hints of it, I developed it further, and I like the bold effect it gives. I also like the somewhat jarring angular lines of the lower building juxtaposed against the perfectly vertical tower. It makes for a slightly unnerving but interesting composition.

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Tung Chung, Hong Kong

Art photograph of sea and skyscrapers in Tung Chung, Hong Kong, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Eastern Stream.

Shot from the Ngong Ping cable car in Hong Kong, which is an impressive 5.7km 25 minute gondola ride high above land. It offered amazing views of the region, and sure beat the bus-ride up. But probably best I didn’t know one of the gondolas fell 50m a few years before.

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Hong Kong Cityscape

Orange cityscape of Hong Kong beneath dramatic cloud. Art photograph by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Hong Kong Portrait.

Taken at Victoria Peak viewing platform, Hong Kong. This had some heavy processing, which is a testament to my finding straight photography uninspiring.

More power to purists who want to reflect reality as close as possible. But I prefer to approach art photography as I would a painting. The original scene is a mere starting point.

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