‘Place Oddity’ is my ongoing project where I collect all sorts of interesting places I stumble upon while just walking around or travelling.
The idea is to make an ordinary or banal place look odd or unusual by choosing a specific subject, frame or light condition.
I am a photographer living and working in Cologne. My attention is drawn to the continually altered environment by man. The outcome often reflects the connection between my surroundings and myself.
My photographs often include overlooked and neglected everyday places I am fascinated by. These areas can reveal traces that may tell about past environmental changes or the people living there.
This exploration helps me to get familiar with places in general. Beyond that, I gain insight into the development of areas outside my usual scope.
In several series of work I am focusing more on specific topics my photographs are covering.
© text and pictures by Darius Urbanek