I am a self-taught photographer living and working in Cologne who is passionate about shooting in a documentary style.

My attention is drawn to the continually altered urban environment by man. I am always curious about discovering something uncommon or a temporary existing state.

I use photography to capture places I feel somehow connected with. Mostly I am driven by instinct and influenced by where I come from and how I grew up. The result is a somewhat nostalgic and down-to-earth point of view I find aesthetics in.

What fascinates me are the details coming to light, suggesting tiny stories. Barely noticed places can reveal traces which can be used to draw conclusions about environmental changes or the people living there.

This adventurous exploration helps me to get familiar with places in general. In addition, I gain insight into the development of places outside my usual scope. My intention is to create a conscious image about the encountered state by letting the place speak for itself.

In several series of work I am focusing more on specific topics my photographs are covering.

All pictures © Copyright 2019 – Darius Urbanek

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