Travel Photography; City Landscape by Maximilian Chini

The landscape of cities is often the very first image we have of a country. As soon as we land at the airport, with a taxi or a fast train we are taken to a city and we begin to have an impression on the culture, the people, on wealth or poverty and safety.

I travel often for work: Europe and Asia are the main areas of my work. 1996 was the first year I visited Hong Kong before the state returned to the People’s Republic of China; November 2019 the last trip to the far south of Korea, before Covid-19 stopped everyone at home.

The landscape of cities is often the very first image we have of a country. As soon as we land at the airport, with a taxi or a fast train we are taken to a city and we begin to have an impression on the culture, the people, on wealth or poverty and safety.

As you get closer to the city you start reading the signs, the various directions, we may meet the suburbs with slums or favelas, you start to see the skyscrapers, you may see areas or buildings seen before only in the photos, you start to smell them, in essence let’s start discovering a country and get an idea of ​​what awaits you on the journey.

Cities do not only represent themselves, but above all the country in which they are located and the idea that a country wants to give of itself.

Just think of the idea we have of the United States looking to New York or Los Angeles, the idea of China, visiting Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong, Singapore if you visit South-east Asia, Tokyo for Japan, Seoul for Korea and so on.

At the same time, they show all the idiosyncrasies, all the problems of a country.

I look at cities as they are. There are cities that present their own history, others that want to represent the idea of ​​the future of a country, some are very friendly, some are very chaotic and quite difficult to bear, some are so small that you can visit on foot, some are like this large that it may take a day to go from one side to the other …

Let’s start taking a look at Matera.

Matera is one of the oldest cities in the world. Located in the south of Italy, its history begins in the Neolithic more or less 10,000 years ago. Most of the houses are carved into the rock and still inhabited; Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visiting Matera you can have a look at what the cities have been in the history of humanity from the beginning of the settlements of the ancient cities up to the medieval era.

Then Strasbourg.

Strasbourg is one of head office of the EU parliament and well represents the cities of the Middle Ages, where buildings and water come together for the survival of citizens. Even with the typical half-timbered houses, they very well represent the style of medieval houses in northern France, northern Germany and Belgium. Strasbourg shows all the changes and the reconstruction of European cities which began in the Gothic era.

After, Florence and the Renaissance

What to say about this city: pure art. Florence is the perfect combination of new art, new era, putting Men and Mankind as the Measure of the Universe, taking instructions from the classical Roman and Greek era, reshaping them with new philosophical teachings and taking them into the future: this is the Renaissance.

Sculpture, architecture, painting, philosophy, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo….

Italy has half of all the artistic heritage of the whole world and Florence has half of all the artistic heritage of Italy.

Walking through Florence, one walks in the history of Art, one lives in Beauty, one breathes Harmony.

Finally a new era and beyond, the new millennium with the Chinese cities.

Chinese cities, especially Hong Kong and Shanghai, very well represent the being of a city in the future years.

Hong Kong was the first to take the Chinese city into a new era. From the last decades of the 20th century it was possible to find there a new concept of the city, where the skyscrapers, the mobility of people and cars and the subway were well balanced together. Unfortunately, today the architectural development of the city was so high in such a small space that now it can happen to feel suffocated by all the surrounding skyscrapers, but a new the urban development of the New Territories is leading the city to a new phase.

The futuristic era of cities is perfectly represented by Shanghai.

A person can really understand what future city he can be by visiting this city: it is the quintessence of how business and concentration of money is developing urbanism, architecture, lifestyle and continually building, digging, modifying the districts, connecting hub and so on. 

Everything is created in an incredibly fast and rushed time. If you visit the city regularly, every time you see a new part already built. The tallest skyscrapers in the world, the fastest train to the airport: you can really feel the economic and financial power of a new world leader country, the political direction and the Power of China.

China represents the perfect leading country of a new era:

– More than a billion citizens who speak the same language

– No power or interest of religion

– No consciousness of the past: only study of modern history (from the Chinese revolution)

– One only political idea

– Incredible economic power increasing every day

– People boundless faith in the future

In the future we will all be Chinese!

A specific part of the City Landscape Project shows Water towns: see Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Delft, Qibao (one of the beautiful Chinese water towns) and so on …

The unity of these two elements (city and river) has been fundamental for the development of peoples and the cities throughout history and they have always fascinated me.

Let’s think of the cities of ancient Mesopotamia, up to Venice or the new studies of the connection of cities between navigable rivers… This is a part of this project that is still under development.

Delft-(Holland)

Amsterdam-(Holland)

Rotterdam-(Holland)

 

About Maximilian Chini

Born in Florence (Italy) in 1967. Photographer and Designer. His adventure in photography begins at the age of eight with Kodak Instamatic 130. His photography captures what he sees around, nothing is construction, everything is real. Emotions, lines, colours, shapes, harmony, balance: with his photography things show themselves as they are. Urban landscapes, nature, architecture, interiors, industrial structures are the fields of his work; the media, industry and magazines are the main customers. He shoots with a Sigma SD4 mirrorless camera and 20mm and 105mm fixed lenses, also from Sigma, ART line. [Official Website]

More Stories

The presence of an absence by Francesco Pace Rizzi

The presence of an absence by Francesco Pace Rizzi

The ephemeral geometries of the shadows, sometimes complex, sometimes simple, exert a great fascination on me such as to push me to deepen this topic and create a project (started in 2019) where the shadows are in a sort of dialogue with the scene, able to free the imagination and create surreal and intangible images.
Street photography; Hong Kong Lines and Patterns by Jason Au

Street photography; Hong Kong Lines and Patterns by Jason Au

"Hong Kong Lines and Patterns" is a street photography series that comes with a fine art aesthetic and the compositional approach of isolating urban subjects, geometric elements and forms fromthe chaotic urban environment of Hong Kong.
Real vs Unreal by Kaushik Dolui

Real vs Unreal by Kaushik Dolui

Photographs of this trend create a reality that does not reflect reality, but prompted by subconscious, characteristics, the expression of unconscious fantasies. Something like unnatural, supernatural and mysterious.

Color Awards

We invite you to participate in the first edition
of the Color Awards. We are looking
for the best color picture for this year, 2022.

The competition is open to any interpretation of color photography
in all its dimensions, from everyday reality
to pure abstraction

DEADLINE | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

PHOTO BY © DANIIL KONTOROVICH
Cronorifugio

Cronorifugio

Light and time. These two essential concepts in photography are also fundamental for our being and in our life. Here and now, I feel that the time has come to talk about the time.
Sahara Giants by Alice de Kruijs

Sahara Giants by Alice de Kruijs

When in 2000, the palaeontologist Paul Sereno went to look for new dinosaur bones in the Sahara Desert, he did not expect that he would return from there as an archaeologist. Arriving in the northeast of Niger, Sereno and his colleague’s day after day sifted through the sand of Tener, one of the most inhospitable deserts in the world, which even the nomadic inhabitants of the Sahara call “desert in the desert”.
Tell me who I am by Mohammad Sorkhabi

Tell me who I am by Mohammad Sorkhabi

Segregation by gender has existed in highly conservative communities for years, in order to raise their children in an isolated environment and away from any sort of sexual relations. But in most cases, this only causes sexual suppression and severe disorders in sexual orientation identification.

Featured Stories

Ethiopia; The art of disappearing by Harry Fisch

Ethiopia; The art of disappearing by Harry Fisch

The trucks continually roll past the roads that lead to their villages, spitting out so much dust that people living in the villages can no longer breathe. 
Reflection by Lilyan Aloma

Reflection by Lilyan Aloma

I have spent the greater part of my life living in Manhattan, a city with a constantly changing visual plan that continues to inspire me to explore its physical complexity.
Spirit of the Village by Oliver Klink

Spirit of the Village by Oliver Klink

Un-numbered homes are the norm, as everybody knows each other.Streets wind in un-orderly fashion over streams of running water, sometimes fresh often as open sewage.
The last tide by Marco Campi

The last tide by Marco Campi

Last November Venice experienced the second highest tide in recorded history. Looking at the top 10 tides, we see that five have occurred in the past 20 years and the frequency of exceptional tidal flooding above 110 cm have ramped up dramatically through the years.
Chris Clor ; Cinematic imagery

Chris Clor ; Cinematic imagery

Award-winning photographer and illustrator Chris Clor has spent his entire career as a visual communicator specializing in conceptual, portrait and product photography.
Looking Out from Within by Julia Fullerton-Batten

Looking Out from Within by Julia Fullerton-Batten

During the days prior to the pandemic I was ultra-busy planning a photographic shoot with a large team of people, assistants, stylists, hair and make-up team, prop stylists, set designers etc.
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/color-banner.jpg

We invite you to participate in the first edition of the Color Awards. We are eager to see photograhs with new focus points and innovative approaches

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BAnImage.jpg

ImageRights provides intelligent image search and copyright enforcement services to photo agencies and professional photographers worldwide.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/mono2022.jpg

The best 100 images along with the winning images published in the yearly book “Monochromatic – Best Photographers of 2022”

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/banner22.jpg

Call For Entries #21 | After 20 editions and more than 100 published photographers, our print edition has proven to be a simply effective promotional channel.

Gabriel Isak ; Experiences of the soul

Gabriel Isak ; Experiences of the soul

His imagery entails surreal and melancholic scenes inspired by the inner world of dreams and psychology, where he invites the viewer to interact with the internal world of solitary figures
Vignettes of a salesman by Ole Marius Joergensen

Vignettes of a salesman by Ole Marius Joergensen

A lot of traditions are being lost as new technologies are invading our day-to-day world. The door-to-door salesman is a relic from the 50s.
Water towers of Luxembourg : A Pictographic Study by Gediminas Karbauskis

Water towers of Luxembourg : A Pictographic Study by Gediminas Karbauskis

Water towers are used to store and distribute water. They are found both in small towns and major cities. Luxembourg is no exception.
Heartfelt Welcome by Argus Paul Estabrook

Heartfelt Welcome by Argus Paul Estabrook

On November 7, 2017, South Korean President Moon Jae-in extended a “heartfelt welcome” towards US President Donald Trump as he arrived in South Korea for a two-day summit to reaffirm the Korea-US alliance.
The Story Of one Family by Anna Galley

The Story Of one Family by Anna Galley

This story is about my grandmother. She is now 90 years old. She has 5 children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. This story shows how one person is able to pull together a large family and keep  love in this family for many years.
Cairo; A Beautiful Thing Is Never Perfect by Jonathan Jasberg

Cairo; A Beautiful Thing Is Never Perfect by Jonathan Jasberg

The project title for his work on Cairo is inspired by an ancient Egyptian proverb that states ‘A Beautiful Thing Is Never Perfect'. 

Trending Stories

Life in a Dream World by Lotta van Droom

Life in a Dream World by Lotta van Droom

My ideas are actually constantly in my head. Throughout the day I have ideas which I am writing in a small book. Then I refine it and then I reject it. I walk through the streets and there I let myself inspire from everything extraordinary
American Deindustrialization by Joseph Romeo

American Deindustrialization by Joseph Romeo

A current project that I've been working on over the past few years is a series called American Deindustrialization. All along the American Rust Belt are rapidly disappearing relics of Americas Industrial past.
Panama; Manga por Hombro by Daniel Loaiza

Panama; Manga por Hombro by Daniel Loaiza

At first site Gamboa seems like a forgotten town in the middle of the richest rainforest you can imagine, Panama Pacifico seems like an ideal residential area to raise a family, to jog and cycle around.
Colombia; Illegal gold by Erberto Zani

Colombia; Illegal gold by Erberto Zani

In Columbia the cocaine business has become less important than in past years. It is the land now, with its enourmous riches hidden in the subsoil, and the consequent lucrative management of extraction, inflaming economic interest and violence.
Direction by Shenyi Wang

Direction by Shenyi Wang

Direction is a fine art photography project to display the high contrast of light and shadow. In this project, I am looking for the charm of light and shadow.
Eidolon by Becky Orlinski

Eidolon by Becky Orlinski

The project – entitled Eidolon, meaning a spectre or phantom in human form – consists of four images all visualising real people’s very real nightmares. Upon conducting a survey appealing for members of the public to share their nightmares with her, Orlinski began the process of sifting through responses and starting to visualise them.
Animal Portrait by Ruud Peters

Animal Portrait by Ruud Peters

Ruud Peters, a native of The Netherlands, has been a professional photographer for the past 30 years. His work included portraits, weddings, product displays, and post processing of images. His central interests now focus on landscapes, nature, and the macro world.
Moment of Youth by Gregor Kallina

Moment of Youth by Gregor Kallina

Vietnam is a country of young people. More than half of Vietnam's population is younger than 25 and 70 percent were born after the Vietnam War ended in 1975. Since the 1990ies the young vietnamese people are called "song voi" (fast living), myriads of them are cruising on their motorbikes through the big cities of Hanoi and Saigon today.
Through the Eyes of the Streets in South by David Shedlarz

Through the Eyes of the Streets in South by David Shedlarz

This project represents with respect the working men and women that make up the fabric of communities in South, Southeast Asia. The small business proprietors and trades people that are the heart and soul of the neighborhoods in these nations going about their daily lives.

Other Stories

stay in touch
Join our mailing list and we'll keep you up to date with all the latest stories, opportunities, calls and more.
We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use
We’d love to
Thank you for subscribing!
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted.
- Between 10/30 images of your best images, in case your project contains a greater number of images which are part of the same indivisible body of work will also be accepted. You must send the images in jpg format to 1200px and 72dpi and quality 9. (No borders or watermarks)
- A short biography along with your photograph. (It must be written in the third person)
- Title and full text of the project with a minimum length of 300 words. (Texts with lesser number of words will not be accepted)
This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Contact
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted. This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation.
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Get in Touch
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact hello@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.