The Urban Lens: Trel Brock uses double exposure to transform the cityscape into a Rorschach test

Posted On Fri, October 21, 2016 By

Posted On Fri, October 21, 2016 By In Architecture, Features, photography, The urban lens, Urban Design

6sqft’s ongoing series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. In this installment, Trel Brock redefines the city through double exposures in medium format. Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at [email protected].

Trel Brock moved to New York City nearly four decades ago and he’s been photographing every angle of it since. While much of Trel’s work today centers on high-end interiors (he’s currently working on his third book with Rizzoli), in the past he spent his days assisting photography’s upper echelon—including Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber and Eric Boman, to name a few—shooting world-famous rockstars and supermodels. But beyond the borders of high-fashion and high-society, Trel also dabbles in fine art photography. In the series he’s curated for 6sqft ahead, he uses the city’s landscape as a vehicle for an abstract visual exercise akin to Rorschach’s famous inkblots.

How long have you been a New Yorker?
I’ve lived in New York for 36 years.

Tell us about the series you chose.
The work I’m presenting to you is a series of in-camera double exposures captured on film. I used an old Japanese medium format camera for these and all of the shots were done in New York, many near Central Park where I live just a block away in Lennox Hill.

What types of subjects tend to catch your eye?
I’m attracted to abstract photography, the extraordinary within the ordinary. In terms of my fine art, there are a lot of reflections, trees, flowers, puddles, landscapes, etc.

What else are you working on right now?
I’m currently working on a coffee table book for Rizzoli, featuring the interior designer Richard Keith Langham. It’s all his designs, I’m doing most of the photography. This is my third project for Rizzoli.


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trel brock, Central Park South from Sheep's Meadow Central Park South from Sheep’s Meadow

trel brock, 9 West 57th Street 9 West 57th Street

trel brock, The Financial DIstrict The Financial District

trel brock, The GM building The GM building

trel brock, Broadway and Houston Broadway and Houston

trel brock, Central Park South from the Met rooftop Central Park South from the Met rooftop

trel brock, Bethseda Fountain and the lake in Central Park Bethseda Fountain and the lake in Central Park

See more photos by Trel in our gallery below.


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