About Blees Luxemburg
Rut Blees Luxemburg was born in 1967 she is a German photographer. Blees Luxemburg studied photography at the London College of Communication, she then studied at the University of Westminster in London. Luxemburg is most known for taking photos of urban landscapes at night using a large format camera taking long exposures, exposing the film for several minutes at a time. The only light she uses in her pictures are from the street lights and the surrounding buildings.
What do I like about here work?
I like her work because of the way she captures strong and unnatural lighting within photographs creating an element of mystery within the photographss. I also like her work because of the different unique and interesting angles such as looking directly down from the tops of buildings, creating unusual perspective and views, making effective pictures that draw you in to find out more.
I particularly like the photograph of Cockfosters tube station caught in a reflection of a puddle. The quality of light and clarity of the reflection.
How is she relevant to my project?
I believe that Blees Luxemburg relates to my project because of the subject matter, the streets of London, she has managed to capture many aspects of transport. The quality of light that she has captured. I would like to try and emulate the colours. In her photographs the greens of fluorescent street lights and glow form the lamps is evident when photographing using colour film or digital camera that has not been balanced for strip lighting. Photographs of neglected places such as old underpasses, stair ways and passages which are commonly associated with transport.
Blees Luxemburg was commissioned by Transport for London in 2007 to produce a series of photographs Piccadilly’s Peccadilloes to celebrate 100 years of the Piccadilly line. The images in the series include details of the front of twelve London Underground stations on the Piccadilly line
References and web sites with interviews and more examples of Luxemburg’s work