November 2019

China / 豫园 /

Yu Garden

China has a symbolic relationship with ancient architecture dating back through ages. Taken in a 460-year-old extensive classic Chinese garden Yu Yuan (the gardens suffered damage numerous times during the 19th century before being repaired by Liangshun Han (Rockery Han) appointed by the Shanghai government from 1956 to 1961), this portfolio reflects the ancient architecture of Chinese buildings and shows their differences from modern architecture. Yuyuan retains its old world charm and is frequented daily by million of people a day. While new cafe, shops, restaurants are being built in Yu Garden such as KFC, Starbucks, Pandora, Swatch and others, these photographs offer a look at a part of the Chinese culture that is disappearing quickly, mainly due to the country’s focus on economic and modernisation.

Urban Exploration

19TONES Urban Exploration Photography, that the artist has been doing since 2015, is about questioning reality through cityscapes, architecture and color. The artist pushes boundaries in traditional photography thanks to a high level of color process and his artistic vision of urban space. To make sure of this, it is enough to know that 19TONES is the first artist from Russia who worked with Adobe on In-App Interactive Lightroom Tutorials with his photographs.

Due to the combination of these two facts, the artist rethinks/redefines city space through architecture and deconstruction of color in photography.

When we talk about the Urban Exploration genre, we should say that every place captured by an artist is a particular geolocation, which is a means of communication with the audience. The place comes alive and becomes a subject of discussion on the internet or anywhere, it’s a way to navigate the city. Such places become a destination for urban explorers, and raise public awareness of themselves.

Further interesting is the fact that 19TONES uses plus codes to indicate geolocation, which were created by Google in 2014. Instead of addresses with street names and numbers, Plus Codes are based on latitude and longitude, and displayed as numbers and letters. This is another hidden meaning.

Works in series
Exploration photography

Architecture – Cityscapes – Outdoor

Night & daylight cityscapes, lookups, abstract, street and city shots