Striking High Contrast Black and White Photos

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Photographer Martin Stavars’ work is characterized by extremely high contrast black and white images. Stavars takes pictures of landscapes and cityscapes, shot both during the daytime and at night. Based on the various landmarks and distinct iconography, he has travelled extensively around the globe to many countries.

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His work has been recognized critically and he has been hailed as ‘Architecture Photographer of the Year’ at the International Photography Awards. Stavars recently shared some insight on why he so adores landscapes of all sorts.

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“I’ve always been fascinated by landscapes – places that are absolutely desolate, where I can stay one on one with nature. For me, the growing joy right before pressing the shutter button as well as the possibility of interacting with the world filled with inspiration is as important as the creative act itself. This initial fascination has rapidly grown into obsession that eventually took control over my life.”

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Stavars was a born in Czestochowa, Poland in 1981. He specializes in the black-and-white medium, and his works that have won him many accolades are now viewable in his book, Megalapolis. Exquisite cannot begin to describe Stavars’ work, as his images are masterpieces in both simplicity and complexity. His photographs are eerie, beautiful, hypnotic, and dreamlike all at the same time.

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For gear, Stavars uses a Canon 5D Mk II with Canon 17-40mm f4 L and 24-70mm f2.8 L lenses. He likewise lugs around a Hasselblad 503cw fitted with a Hasselblad 40mm f/4 Distagon lens. But beyond the sophisticated gear lies a much deeper meaning as far as Stavars’ work is concerned.

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He says, “Photography is travelling to me, and travelling is always connected with taking photographs. When I began creating Megalopolis, I already had planned a few years ahead, with a precise list of cities that I wanted to visit in order to complete the project.”

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See his dramatic images of iconic cities and famous landmarks shot from all around the world here.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.