Archive for the ‘architecture’ category

Repetition

July 4, 2010

I’m not sure if I have mentioned this, but finding myself in the position where I have needed to photograph buildings has given me an appreciation for architecture that I didn’t previously have. I think I have begun to see buildings the way architects intended them to be viewed, the lines, the textures and the repetition contain a kind of poetry and I understand the appeal of creating such functional art.

I’m not sure who took this image, but it really accentuates the repetition of two distinct patterns- this shot borders on abstract, but the photographer has chosen a good portion of the building to detail.

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Severalls Mental Hospital – ant43

July 3, 2010

Located on deviantArt, this image belongs to a UK photographer who uses the handle ant43.

It was taken at an abandoned psychiatric hospital and I have chosen to include it because it invokes a very strong mood in the viewer. The sense of scale and perspective created by the long corridor convey a stark minimalism that is often associated with hospitals. It conjures imagery of a cold, unwelcoming place inhabited by strong armed orderlies under the instruction of Nurse Ratchetts.

The obvious signs of decay create contrast with these images of a sterile, inhuman environment. The flaking paint and graffiti provide a texture that the viewer knows, has not always existed.

Also noteworthy is the light that the photographer has used – plentiful natural light pours through the windows, illuminating the corridor unevenly. The sense that the building is abandoned is heightened by this and the spooky atmosphere that is created sits well with the popular notion of abandoned psychiatric facilities being places that are unable to escape their pasts.

Architecture Porn- Kala69 (from Flickr)

May 28, 2010

This photo was lifted from a Flickr group called Architecture Porn & was taken by a French Photographer whose Flickr handle is Kala69.

I chose it because I really like the use of  shadow and lighting to create a really surreal look- in fact I’m not convinced that these are not cardboard buildings!!

I think the shot has a film noir kind of aesthetic to it, or rather a faux film noir aesthetic- Sin City style- it’s moody and visually delicious.

Geometry #2

May 9, 2010

This is another dA photographer whose handle is Ialo-wa – I think the appeal is quite self evident- there are some striking intersecting lines going on in this shot & they are enhanced by the zig-zagging of the stairs- I suspect the shpt has been flipped to great effect. The solid component to the left of frame is a lighter tone and gives a sense of balance to the shot.

I’m a fan of the graininess of this photo & I think it serves to give texture to concrete which can otherwise be quite flat. I don’t want to speculate whether the noise has been added in post processing or is there because of a high ISO.

Geometry

May 9, 2010

Architecture photography presents a dilemma for me- if you see a wonderful photograph of a building or structure, how do you really know if you’re impressed by the photograph, or the building that’s been photographed?

This photo is an exception; I found it on deviantArt & it belongs to a Swiss photographer whose dA moniker is digitalfrrreak. It’s clearly a striking building- bright fire engine red with hard edged lines and angles, it’s obvious why the photographer has entitled the shot “geometry”.

I love way the photographer has framed her chosen detail of the building and has presented her audience with a square cropped image which compliments much of the geometry which is evident in the shot. The shot has been taken presumably during the middle of a reasonably sunny day- the shadows cast are hard edged enough to add to the lines of the building & The light allows for a vibrant red.

Falling Snow, Boy in Window- Paul Himmel circa 1949

May 3, 2010

I’m not sure if this strictly counts as architecture photography, but I really like the contrast of the building and the way it’s broken up by the swirling snow-storm. It makes me think about the level of detail we try to capture in modern photography, and how sometimes that’s not superior. I don’t think this shot would work nearly as well with a more modern approach.

Paul Himmel– 1914 -2009