Church of San Pietro, Italy

Art photograph of the church of San Pietro, Porto Venere, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Church of San Pietro.

Taken at Porto Venere, Italy on the ferry ride from Monterosso al Mare to Porto Venere.

This view of the church of San Pietro (Italian for Saint Peter) was an incredible cap on what was already a picturesque journey. I took another photo from a similar angle, but it’s black and white and cropped square—it’s called Church of San Pietro II.

Continue reading “Church of San Pietro, Italy”

Church of San Pietro, Porto Venere

Black and white art photograph of the church of San Pietro, Porto Venere, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Church of San Pietro II.

Taken at Porto Venere, Italy. The castle-like structure seemingly carved out of the natural rock is the church of San Pietro (Italian for Saint Peter)—one of the most incredible buildings I’ve seen.

I’m wary of square compositions because they often fail, but it works here. In fact this is the first image I’ve applied a square composition to.

Continue reading “Church of San Pietro, Porto Venere”

Southend Air Show Planes Trailing Smoke

Southend Air Show stunt planes trailing smoke in clouds, art photo by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Daredevilry.

Photograph taken at the Southend Air Show in England.

The image title is apropos of the whole day, it was really impressive. The event culminated with a Typhoon Eurofighter flying close to the crowd. When the pilot ignited the afterburners it sounded like reality was being torn in half. Reality seemed to be intact when his performance was complete, though.

Continue reading “Southend Air Show Planes Trailing Smoke”

Occidental Jetty, Canvey Island

Art photograph of Occidental Jetty over the Thames, Canvey Island, England, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Oil Bridge.

Taken at Canvey Island, England. The water beneath the bridge is the Thames.

This “bridge” is really a jetty, which was built but never actually used for its intended purpose after the permit was revoked. At about 1550 meters long and £10 million to build, it makes for an expensive exercise in futility, but it’s a great landmark anyway. I heard there were plans to tear it down, but I hope that doesn’t happen.

Continue reading “Occidental Jetty, Canvey Island”

Occidental Jetty, Essex

Sepia art photograph of Occidental Jetty over the Thames, Canvey Island, England, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Oil Bridge II. Taken at Canvey Island, England. The water beneath the bridge is the Thames.

This is one of those slightly dangerous, disused places that you would have loved as a kid, but, if you’re like me, you still do because you haven’t really grown up. I’ve done this in full color, too—it’s called Oil Bridge, and there’s another from the same place called Pier-Shaped.

Continue reading “Occidental Jetty, Essex”

Factory and Buildings on the River Thames

Art photograph of an old factory beside the River Thames, London, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Bleak Industry.

Taken from the bank of the River Thames, London.

My aim with this photo was to convey a taste of the Gothic, atmospheric side of London that I love. It was from when I thought it would be a good idea to, over a period of weeks, walk both sides of the Thames looking for photo opportunities. The actual yield of usable images was smile-shatteringly low. On the bright side, it was still a nice thing to do in my new home country, and I have a better knowledge of my surroundings because of it.

Continue reading “Factory and Buildings on the River Thames”

Hadleigh Castle Ruins, Essex

Art photograph of Hadleigh Castle, England, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Hadleigh Castle.

Photo taken at Hadleigh Castle, Essex, England.

A small distance off the north bank of the Thames, there’s not much left of this once substantial castle. I sat on this project for a while trying to work out how to add something to this well-covered subject. After a few frustrating attempts, and giving it up a few times, I produced this, a kind of super-sepia take. It’s a tricky composition, but I like how the castle, tree, rocks, and clouds fit together.

Continue reading “Hadleigh Castle Ruins, Essex”