Traditional Cityscapes Imagined Through Geometric Lines and Shapes


Dennis Duinker sees a lot of lines. In his mind’s eye that is. His cityscape and skyline images are all enhanced by lines that extend from unseen trajectories horizontally or vertically. He calls these most unusual series Skylights, Skylines and Linescapes, which are three studies in imaging a city’s various infrastructures through the geometric shapes that go beyond their physical shapes.

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Using photographic tricks to create line effects, what is revealed are surprisingly symmetrical, parallel or equal lines that retain their geometric balance even when great distances from their point of origin. It shows an inherent equilibrium within architecturally superior structures. The lines resemble many things, from guides in an illustrator’s template, basket weave patterns, to test broadcast color bars.

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Dunker created the Skylights series by using a slow shutter speed while panning vertically to get light traces in the air, producing pretty, glowing patterns. “By using a slow shutter speed, tripod and use of vertical pan, light traces in the air. Each line has its origins in the landscape and ends in an abstract graphic pattern,” shared Duinker of his technique for Skylights.

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As for Skylines, he linked the dots in his monochromatic series of Rotterdam infrastructure profiles, which produced near perfect geometric interweaves in the skies.  Duinker in his own words described Skylines to be a series that “consists of four typical Rotterdam landscapes. Robust images of the river lined with industrial architecture breathe the atmosphere of the port. In the photos you see invisible lines, arising out of the picture, made visible. This creates a dynamic interaction between the photographic image and the graphic lines.”

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Finally, for Linescapes, he purposely blurred the motion of moving objects, creating colorful vertical and horizontal lines. Duinker offered this description. “The Rotterdam skyline seen from north and south. The city consists of horizontal and vertical lines. I accentuated the horizontal lines by giving it a motion blur. This also gives the picture a sense of speed that suits the city.”

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See Duinker’s unusually dramatic Skylights, Skylines, and Linescapes 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.