As one who is always traveling, Javan welcomes new perspectives in both local and foreign corners of the world. Whether shooting cityscapes or human elements, he tries to shed his tourist’s eyes and hone in on the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of a location. “With the composition rule book in mind, I always try to pursue offbeat framing opportunities and take chances on unique perspectives. Angles, distance, lighting - all of these can lend themselves to the story of a particular place and its people.”
His style of photography can be described as bottling the essence of a scene. He not only captures the beauty of what is before him, but also enjoys adding a unique angle to it all. He aims to inspire people to travel, or even revisit a familiar scene, only this time with new context in mind.
There is a pattern that often emerges in his images, and that is patterns in itself. The playful use of reflections and repetition creates an almost kaleidoscopic mosaic in his imagery. A man who has always loved geometry and abstract design, he is quick to find the hidden patterns that reside in our skylines.
Emphasizing and highlighting these patterns can lead to striking shots. Patterns, both natural and man-made, bring a sense of visual rhythm and harmony to photographs. “The great thing about patterns is that they do not have a particular scale; they can be vast or micro, but to make a good picture out of a pattern, the pattern needs to be the star. Patterns also reinforce the emotional appeal of the images. The emotional response to an image is multiplied when it is repeated in a pattern.”
His trick for eye-catching compositions doesn’t stop there. He also has a penchant for symmetry. Javan believes that symmetry has a profound effect on our subconscious, even if it is too subtle to register. “We are drawn to balanced images and tend to think they are more aesthetically pleasing than off-kilter images.”
Javan says that symmetry is one of the best forms of patterns and the best place to look for symmetry is in architectural details, such as skyscrapers. Reflection in photography is a good example and it can lead to some amazing effects and beautiful images. Using water, windows, mirrors or any sort of reflective surface can change an image into a work of art.
“The wonderful thing about using reflections when taking photos is that they can completely alter the image from something fairly straightforward to something richer or abstract or otherwise more artistic.”
The secret to uncovering patterns in the wild is down to Javan’s vantage point. He takes his time with his methods, viewing a location from as many angles as he can and judging the impact it may have as well as what story it might tell from said viewpoint. This means sometimes getting a higher viewpoint or even getting low to the ground. It is all about perspective; Javan tends to go wherever he believes your eyes wouldn’t.
The only trouble with this is Javan can often find himself in strange positions to get the perfect shot, which earns him glares from passersby and sometimes a sore neck, but he soldiers on through it all. In contrast to the strange looks he might get, there are times when fans of his work have recognized him on the streets and tell him how much they admire his work,“Such compliments go straight to my heart.”