Urban Landscape photography by joel Sampson

Most of my photographic imaging is urban landscape from both large and small cities. I'm drawn to design, texture, shadows, and signage. While I don't think of it as documentary photography, many of the subjects I have recorded no longer exist.

I'm currently shooting with a Nikon D-800 Digital SLR with prime (single focal length) lenses for maximum sharpness. Sometimes I use fast f/2.8 zooms lenses. When I want to travel light I use a Sony Nex-7 with prime lenses and occasionally a zoom.

I frequently carry a small Sony Point & Shoot digital camera with me. The best camera is the camera you have with you! Older work on film was captured with a Nikon D-300, Pentax 67 or a Toya 4x5 film camera. My standard lens is a short telephoto, a 85mm on a full-frame 35mm camera or 300 mm on the 4x5.

I print in-studio using an Epson 9880 44" printer with archival pigment ink. I print these images on rag or watercolor paper, and occasionally image to canvas and galley wrap it. The size printed can vary.


[Shell - Copyright 2002 by joel Sampson]   Shell, 2002, C-print, 30" x 40". In the Amon Carter Museum collection, Fort Worth, TX.

Sampson made this contemporary landscape at night in the parking lot of a Houston motel located on the Southwest Freeway. He captured the dense, claustrophobic sensation within the urban setting, punctuating the blackness with morsels of dramatic color. Inky black hues dominate the photograph and an eerie stillness persuades. A shell station icon glimmers like a one-eyed Cyclops. The motel pool in the foreground and architectural details along the left edge of the image help orient the viewer. -

Helen Plummer, Assistant Curator of Photography, Amon Carter Museum.


What's Up

What's Up
Archival pigment on paper

Oak Cliff Window

Oak Cliff Window
Archival pigment on paper

Oak Cliff Sign

Oak Cliff Sign
Archival pigment on paper

Joan's Place

Joan's Place
Archival pigment on paper

Gypsum

Gypsum
Archival pigment on paper

Okmulgee Post Office

Okmulgee Post Office
Archival pigment on paper

Okmulgee Fire Escape

Okmulgee Fire Escape
Archival pigment on paper

Red Door (Okmulgee)

Red Door (Okmulgee)
Archival pigment on paper

Russel's Last Ride

Russel's Last Ride
Archival pigment on canvas

Uncle Walt's Barn

Uncle Walt's Barn
Archival pigment on canvas

Illinois Barn

Illinois Barn
Archival pigment on paper

Philbrook

Philbrook
Archival pigment on paper

State Fair (OKC)

State Fair (OKC)
Archival pigment on paper

Vacant Fairgrounds

Vacant Fairgrounds
Archival pigment on paper

El Paraiso (Houston)

El Paraiso (Houston)
Archival pigment on paper

EJ's

EJ's
Archival pigment on paper

Holidays

Holidays
Archival pigment on paper

Red Truck

Red Truck
Archival pigment on paper

Port Bolivar

Port Bolivar
Archival pigment on paper

Blue Umbrellas

Blue Umbrellas
Archival pigment on paper

339

339
Archival pigment on paper

Bargains

Bargains
Archival pigment on paper

Howling at the Moon

Howling at the Moon
Archival pigment on paper

Okmulgee Orpheum

Okmulgee Orpheum
Archival pigment on paper

Tulsa Roof

Tulsa Roof
Archival pigment on paper

 El Capri

El Capri
Archival pigment on paper

Sandell

Sandell
Archival pigment on paper

Siding

Siding
Archival pigment on paper

Pallets

Pallets
Archival pigment on paper

Stan Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Stan Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Archival pigment on paper

Escape From Terrell

Escape From Terrell
Archival pigment on paper

MAC Too

MAC Too
C-print

Shell

Shell
C-print

Safety Habit

Safety Habit
C-print

Corsicana

Corsicana
C-print

Bethlehem

Bethlehem
C-print

5 Cents

5 Cents
C-print

Moo La

Moo La
Archival pigment on paper

Downtown Temple

Downtown Temple
C-print

Comp Shoes

Comp Shoes
C-print

Be Careful

Be Careful
C-print

Waffle House

Waffle House
C-print

No Loitering - Self Portrait

No Loitering - Self Portrait
C-print

Texas Tea

Texas Tea
C-print

Ly Ice

Ly Ice
C-print

Texo

Texo
C-print

Misty

Misty
C-print

MAC

MAC
C-print

Standard Bedding

Standard Bedding
C-print


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