Lumin-o-City, a Panoramic Photography exhibit by Joergen Geerds
The Palmela 2011 organization is pleased to announce an exhibit by Joergen Geerds as part of Palmela 2011 – The International Panoramic Photography Festival.
This exhibit will be one of the highlights of the Palmela 2011 Festival and will be on display at the Palmela Castle Pousada from June to August, 2011.
With each panoramic photograph, Joergen Geerds strives to capture a specific moment in the life of cities. He tries to answer questions like, “Where do people spend their nights? How? What are the small moments that move them?” Each image reveals a particular emotion—the one that’s special to that particular place, to that moment.
Cities like New York and Chicago offer an unequaled range of luminosity. They glow under many hypnotic sources of light—from apartments, street lamps, the accent lights of buildings, construction rigs, cars, and more. This luminosity is a gift for a photographer who wants to record the full range of human activity.
Cities also offer an unparalleled opportunity to capture both the grand monument-scapes that form the backdrop of modern life as well as its quieter, more intimate moments. This gives Geerds the opportunity to move the whole art of panoramas in a different direction: to take it out of the classical, natural setting—getting away from photographs of mountaintops and fields—and plunk it down in an urban zone full of its own high mountains and canyons—skyscrapers, billboards, avenues, and streets.
Geerds’s panoramas illuminate places familiar to many, both on the macro and micro scales. But these photos also make viewers think about how and where they were taken, and deeply consider what it is about these at-first familiar haunts that so captures our attention.
This is Joergen Geerds’ first panoramic photography exhibition in Europe after many successful shows in the NYC metro region.
Studied design and communication in the University for Applied Science, Würzburg, Germany.
Inspired by the grandeur and grime of New York City, Joergen Geerds branched into panoramic photography in 2006.
Prior to finding his calling in panoramas, Geerds studied photography and design under Ernst Weckert and Nicolai Sarafov in Würzburg, Germany. He moved to New York City in 2000—he had simply outgrown his hometown—and worked for several successful years as an art director in the advertising world.
During this time, he refined his love of wide-angle photography and ventured into the world of panoramas. He found the un-cropped cityscapes that his flattened, 360-degree photos revealed were unique in the market. This led him to develop his own distinct style—large-scale, hyper-wide night panoramas of New York City.
Geerds’s photos illuminate places familiar to many, both on the macro and micro scales. But these photos also make viewers think about how and where they were taken, and deeply consider what it is about these at-first familiar haunts that so captures our attention.
After showing his work in several art shows in Brooklyn, Geerds did not go unnoticed. Since 2008, he has been represented by 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel in Chelsea, NY.
Geerds also documents his ongoing panorama work on his blog at newyorkpanorama.com. His dedicated fine art photography can be found at luminous-newyork.com, while his commercial work can be found at joergengeerds.com.
Geerds maintains a lively dialogue with fellow artists and photographers across the globe, and he loves to stay at the very front of photography and technological progress in general.