Praetextus: Surreal Long Exposure Black and White Architecture

All Images By Dennis Ramos. Used With Permission. 

“I started experimenting with artificial lighting in portraiture both in studio and on-location.” says Photographer Dennis Ramos–who got started with photography growing up in 90s Brooklyn with a Minolta X-9 SLR. “With my knowledge and experience with Photoshop and photography, my journey had eventually led me to fine art photography in black and white.” But before Photoshop, he shot anything and everything he could get set his focus on, eventually upgrading to digital in 2009, his affection turned to black and white fine art work. In his recent project Praetextus, Ramos features some impressive architecture and long exposure work, and was actually inspired by his background with portraiture.

Ramos took to architectural photography, telling the Phoblographer:

“Since I was a child, I’ve always been fascinated by tall buildings and structures whenever I visit the city where I grew up in Manila, Philippines. Although, it didn’t lead me to become an architect, the fascination stayed with me. I went on to discover even greater architectures here in the states most especially in New York city. With my passion in photography, this fascination has become one of my favorite genre.”

For Ramos, the inspiration for this project came from his experiences as a portrait photographer. He attributes his work to what he learned from framing in a particular composition. Applying it to his architecture images simply just made sense to him.

The key to his project, and those silky smooth skies? A 16-Stop ND filter, which Ramos says that he prefers to stacking multiple filters. The effect that it produces is this very surreal, silky sky. In the case of Praetextus, it gives the images an almost 3D or computer generated look. Its quite mesmerizing to look at.

Check out the full series below.







Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.