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| 08 December, 2013 13:56
Budapest is one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful cities. Located in the center of the Carpathian Basin in east-central Europe, Budapest is filled with countless architectural wonders including stately government buildings, grand hotels, medieval castles, historic churches, ornate opera houses and majestic bridges. Mingled with the man-made beauty of the city’s architecture one finds magnificent statuary, tranquil river walks, meandering parks, thermal mineral baths and bustling pedestrian-only shopping areas. Straddling the Danube River, the present city was formed from the joining of west bank Buda and east bank Pest 17 November 1873. While vestiges of the former German and Soviet occupations are still visible in Budapest, the Hungarian capital city has transformed into a thriving center of commerce and a vibrant cosmopolitan metropolis of more than two million people.
In June of 2006, I spent ten days in Budapest on a work-related assignment and was fortunate to see a great deal of the city at different times of the day and in the evenings—all on foot or via the public transit system. Budapest especially comes alive at night and transforms into a magnificent city of lights, giving rise to the appellations Paris of Eastern Europe and Jewel of the Danube. I sought to capture the vibrance and beauty of this city in every waking moment I had free.
Over the past few years since my trip to Budapest, I have viewed again and again the many photographs I took of this beautiful city during my time there and thought about how I could share my vision of Budapest. I decided to convert into black and white some of the images I took. As I did so, I found they took on a life of their own. For me, they transformed from reality into fine art. I then proceeded to convert many more images and decided I would select 120 of the best images I had taken and carefully convert them into black and white. This was a long process that involved making careful color conversions, digitally “dodging and burning” and creating the right amount of contrast and sharpening for each image. Stirred by what I saw in the images, I decided to create a picture book that would represent my “vision” of Budapest.
I have begun the design and layout phase of my new fine art photography book titled Visions of Budapest. The book will showcase approximately 120 stunning black and white images that capture the beauty in the art and architecture of this magnificent European city. In an effort to create a truly fine art appearance, the book will feature heavy weight matte finish pages with the finest binding. It will be large-size square format 12x12 inches and will present one image per page. I anticipate having the project ready to go to press by the end of February 2012.
Below are some sample images that will appear in the book. Others may be viewed in my online galleries under Budapest. All images are available as fine art pigment prints on archival matte paper. Please contact me for more information on available print sizes.