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.

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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This “bridge” is really a jetty, which was built but never actually used for its intended purpose after the permit was revoked.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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Gothic Tower of London

Art photograph of a man descending stairs at the Tower of London, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: In Pursuit of the Devil on the Stairs.

This photo was taken at the Tower of London. The original shot was quite innocent and light. My goal in processing was to add some Victorian Gothic charm, and imbue it with a sinister narrative befitting the place. So it’s had a lot of tonal adjustment.

Apologies to the rather benign, middle-aged man on the stairs for the vilifying portrayal. You just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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View Toward Paekakariki, New Zealand

Art photo of hills, road, and sea, in Paekakariki, New Zealand. By Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Paekakariki.

This photo was taken at Paekakariki, New Zealand.

I took it on one of the occasions when I was itching to take photos with my new camera, but couldn’t think of a good subject. So I jumped on my motorcycle, and rode with the hope of seeing something interesting on my travels. Missions like that are hit or miss, but in this case I got a few usable images, plus a hell of a ride through the extremely twisty road on the way there.

The other picture I developed is Paekakariki Hill Road.

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Paekakariki Hill Road, New Zealand

Paekakariki Hill Road in New Zealand, with faded colors and surreal blue sky. Art photo by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Paekakariki Hill Road.

This photo was taken on the Paekakariki Hill Road in New Zealand (which the astute may have already gleaned from the title).

It’s from the same motorbike trip as Paekakariki, I think the exact same spot but facing the opposite way. It’s been years since I took it, which is why I’m not 100% clear on the details.

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