roB_meL :: architectural photography with an accent on details

Selection of photos from roB_meL

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Blue diamonds




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Multiple jaws

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Piano keys

– Hello, Rob. How would you describe this set of images?
– They all reflect some geometry, however austere – at times – and represent more than just a style in the ever-accelerating demand for new-looking architectural forms in a continuum. In search of the modernist idealism, they clearly define my expression of the definitive forms of Australian architecture as well as a search for other paradigms. All the photographs have a gridded, geometrical vocabulary capable of articulated varieties of types of expression.

– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– The great expressiveness of the culmination of post modernism and deconstructivism has contributed immensely in my interests in photography. In an attempt to capture the formal vocabulary of the aesthetics between space and nature, my passion for geometric purity and perfection has led me to investigate this sort of referential rationalism.

There is also this element of geometry that disguise weight and highlight mass, materiality and the sensuality of purely material qualities. This way of looking at metaphors and controversy is what has a particular appeal to me.

It is through photography that I choose to express my view, even if it sometimes seems idyllic; the same way that every generation must build its own cities with its own ideas and styles.

As an artist, I find beauty everywhere in the urban landscape whose startling new aspiring forms have much to do with the spiritualistic implicit in the illusory forms of human achievement and engineering. There are also the other forms of beauty and harmony. Immersed in the Australian urban tissue are the tremendous amount of spaces that acquire a horizontal symmetry quite different from the gravitational vertical, and that are able to express better (or more sensually) in forms and by this intensification, its referential presence through underlined negation.

Geometry has always been the underpinning of my photography.

– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– Although I am very eclectic about the stylistic approaches in photographic rendering, I also favour the surrealists, those who have the talent to transform a landscape into a visionary world. Also those who manage to capture the emotion of the moment that they retransmit intact to perpetuate the ephemeral.

– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– Photography has always held, for me, an interest, but I have only started this seriously about 18 months ago. Having deeply been influenced during my studies recently, in Comparative Law at University, by the works of Jacques Derrida and his controversial approach to deconstruction, I found my niche in the uncensored, marginal and complete disregard for expectations in photography.

I want to capture the linear, the purely verbal formulae of structural forms. It is this constant evolution in architecture and these vital moments of crisis in its cyclic repletion that requires a constant revision of the discipline’s fundamental concepts. In search of its sobriety and a total redirection of ornamentation, I am with passion, trying to capture its very essence in its minimal aesthetic meanings. We are fortunate in Australia, to have several groups of “avant-gardiste” architects that are always pushing the limits of deconstruction. In short my aim is to capture the linear form that epitomises the elements in which the use of pure geometrical forms offer an expressiveness and a unitary whole. And this is not always easy, as one is sometimes restricted in the amount of space and field of vision that normally would be ideal. I like to expand my personal experience with futuristic forms in a quest that is more protean and less systematic.

– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– I have a lot of cities that I would like to photograph. Firstly, Barcelona and Valencia, because of Gaudi and also of Santiago Calatrava’s immense contribution to sculptural architecture. And of course Paris, New York, Munich…. to name a few. The list goes on….. All cities have some tremendous potential in architectural and infinite differences.

On my list are also the works of Richard Meier, Thorn Mayne, Charles Moore, Helmut Jahn, Charles Gwathmey, Frankk Gehry, Mies Van deer Rohe.

– What is your favorite camera?
– Normally, I work with both a NikonD3100 and a Panasonic GH1K. But of these two, my favourite is the Panasonic for its versatility. It allows me the freedom of expression. Although I use several lenses, I tend to favour the 14-42mm and a 14.-150 mm which, in my view are more accommodating.

– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– Some of my photographs have been selected to be published in “Shadows” magazine, a publisher based in the US, to be released in February 2012. Also, I am on Red Bubble, but unfortunately due to lack of time, I have been unable to maintain it at a steady rate. Apart from those featured on Flickr, I am planning to have an exhibit of my work some time next year. My goal is to have a book published on Architecture and the non stereo-type plural approaches of looking at this fascinating and complex science in a more or less philosophical interpretation or nihilist disseminative re-interpretation.

– Thank you, Rob. I wish you a great success with your photographic work.

17 Responses to “roB_meL :: architectural photography with an accent on details”

  1. 1 carlos pataca
    July 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I have been learning so much from Rob”s photography. He is one of my first contacts in flickr and since then he always have been very consequent in his approach and vision of what he really is interested in. His text above makes that clear although his work speaks for it self. I admire his precision, his almost mathematic eye and the honesty with which he treats his subjects. His compositions and feeling for color are very sophisticated and he shows us how to run away from the common places. Thanks Rob and Brancolina for this great selection!

  2. 2 mluisa_
    July 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Robert è un artista e guarda la città come un artista la sa guardare (io so che lui conosce l’Italiano)
    Io guardo il suo lavoro con attenzione e meraviglia, nel suo evolversi quotidiano.

    Thank you Robert…thank you Lina !

  3. July 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Un travail d’une qualité de composition excellente, et d’une force graphique incroyable.
    Très belle sélection pour cette exposition

    Félicitations un grand travail

  4. 4 Françoise Lucas
    July 4, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    J’adore la précision du travail de Robert. Les ombres, la lumière, les couleurs et les compositions qui atteignent la perfection élaborent une poétique de la géométrie architecturale. Une superbe exposition. Merci Robert et Lina.

  5. July 5, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Great work, as ever. Guess you already know my appreciation for your work 🙂 You’re on my short list for an extensive visit to your stream soon. I’ll leave my comments there. Congrats with this expo and thank you, Brancolina, for this excellent choice !

  6. July 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Un superbe graphisme en jaune, rouge et bleu. Bravo !

    July 6, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    A wonderful collection Rob. Keep up the inspirational looking.

    Grant Simon Rogers

  8. 8 Polah2006
    July 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Fantastic selection of an excellent stream. Love Rob’s work!

  9. July 12, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Un Poeta con una macchina fotografica!
    Rob scrive con la Luce, con le Ombre, con il Colore. Un Artista Eclettico, poliedrico !

    Le Sue immagini sono dei media unici: riescono infatti a comunicare, in maniera semplice ed intuitiva, come appunto può esserlo un’immagine fotografica, le percezioni visive del ”rigore” di Geometrie architettoniche che affiorano nette grazie al gioco di Luce ed Ombre ma, allo stesso tempo, sensazioni, emozioni generate dalla ”poetica” del Suo ”occhio” che va oltre lo sguardo indicandoci la via ad una fruizione più ampia del ”semplice vedere”: assaporare ” le Armonie ” di Colori, di Forme, di Rapporti, riscrivendo in chiave moderna, attraverso un file digitale, il concetto di Bellezza Universale.

    Grazie Robert per il Tuo impegno ! E grazie anche a Brancolina per le selezioni e lo spazio che dedica a tante belle immagini.

  10. July 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Grazie Maria Luisa. Sei molto gentile… Anche mi piace il tuo lavoro e stile, dal quale ho imparato molto. Mi piacerebbe molto incontrati un giorno.

    Merci Françoise, pour tes commentaires si gentils et aussi encourageants.

    Thank you everyone for your very encouraging comments and for visiting my exhibit. It is not always easy getting everything right at all times.

    And once again a big thank you Brancolina, for allowing me the privilege to be here.

  11. 11 gherm
    July 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Je découvre cette galerie seulement aujourd’hui. C’est un beau travail tant pour la sélection des images que pour leur réalisation.
    Félicitations à Robert et Lina !

  12. July 15, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Thanks for visits and commenting

  13. 13 Maria Grazia Bonaria
    July 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Robert ho scoperto solo oggi questa tua meravigliosa mostra nella galleria di Brancolina di Red Square (che io non conoscevo prima). Le immagini sono semplicemente eccezionali, come solo tu sai fare. Hai unito al tuo solito rigore architettonico una grande emozione che ogni tua immagine trasmette a chi le guarda. Sei un grandissimo e sensibilissimo fotografo-artista ed io ti osservo con molto interesse perchè sei una grande ispirazione ed insegnamento per me. Grazie a Brancolina che ha permesso a tutti, anche ai visitatori casuali come me, di godere di queste stupende immagini ! Bonny 18

  14. 14 jurek d.
    August 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    great selection…. that must have been a tough job since you have so many wonderful works to choose from…

  15. August 14, 2011 at 1:03 am

    It’s been a learning experience to go through every exhibition here. so many talented photographers with so much to inspire me, and so much to show.

  16. September 19, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Thank you to everyone for dropping by and coimmenting.
    It is much appreciated.

  17. May 1, 2012 at 2:58 am

    I’m a HUGE fan.


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