ximo michavila :: abstracted architectural visions

A selection of photos by Ximo Michavila

Architecture 9


Architecture #9 (2007)
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporaneo. Alvaro Siza

Architecture 1


Architecture #1 (2011)
Art center. College of design. Daly Genik architects. Pasadena


Architecture #13 (2007)
Art center. College of design. Daly Genik architects. Pasadena


Architecture #45 (2012)
Art center. College of design. Daly Genik architects. Pasadena


Architecture #47 (2012)
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporaneo. Alvaro Siza

Architecture #43


Architecture #43 (2012)
Lowell health house. Richard Neutra. Los Angeles


Architecture #11 (2007)
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporaneo. Alvaro Siza

– Hello, Ximo. How would you describe this set of images?
– Architects and planners are the true creators of all that surrounds us in an urban environment. I took advantage of them, of their works, seeking abstraction, trying to extract small parts of it to create another work, this time in two dimensions. Almost unconsciously the shape turns into the main figure over all looking for a geometric world where the concept of architectural work disappears. I often wonder if in architecture photography it’s not about taking pictures with the camera but cutting up a building with a pair of scissors.

– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture?
What attracts your visual attention?
– I don’t know if architects are aware of all the views that a building can provide in different light conditions. That is my function when I’m in front of a building, finding edges, corners, shadows, reflections and using them to create a particular vision out of context. The geometry of lines and surfaces are for me the main reason to shoot.

– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I like the abstraction of flowers, their colors and shapes. Landscape is also a theme that appeals to me. I like it very simple and clean; form dominating over matter. Macro photography is a technique that I like but applied to the combination of elements symbolizing a conceptual idea. It’s fun to go for a walk or visit any place to search for objects, movements, corners, etc. that are plastically interesting.

– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– Photography is my hobby. I shoot for fun without any kind of professional or documentary condition. I love to find the frame that I like or something that catches my attention. My goal when shooting or when I do the post-production process is that people see my pictures; just as I like to see works by other photographers, analyzing their techniques and enjoying the beauty. The Red Square Gallery is an example of a great opportunity to show my photos and try to make people enjoy them.

– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– Any place where you can find works of modern architecture would be a good place to spend several hours shooting. The fun would be directly proportional to the size and complexity of the work. An example of a city where I would do several photo shoots is Brasilia, where you can find amazing masterpieces of architecture with great photographic beauty.

– What is your favorite camera?
– I have a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, but I´m always looking at technological news, so my opinion may change in future.

– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I expose on Flickr usually, and some of my photos were selected in Archidose and Archdaily blogs:
“The modern housing in Valencia region” 2007 in Architects’ association of Valencia
“The modern housing in Spain” 2009 in DOCOMOMO
“Juan Jose Estellés Ceba. Architect”. Maite Palomares & Carlos Meri. 2007. Architects’ association of Valencia.
On diseño 2008, “America’s Cup special”
En blanco, 2011, Cultural buildings special “Maxxi museum in Rome by Zaha Hadid”
Democracia, Art work team.

– Thanks for letting me present a selection of your photos in the gallery and for the interview. Best wishes for your photographic work.

9 Responses to “ximo michavila :: abstracted architectural visions”

  1. 2 carlos pataca
    April 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    very beautiful work, great compositions and use of light and geometry. Thanks ximo and brancolina!

  2. 3 mluisa_
    April 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Very interesting and beautiful exhibition !
    Thank you both, ximo and Lina !

  3. 4 gherm
    April 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    You have an excellent camera and, in that exhibition, you use it as “a pair of scissors”! Great works.
    Thanks to Lina for introducing me your talent.

  4. April 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Thank you for your comments!!

  5. 6 wilma eras
    April 9, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Love the light and geometry!

  6. April 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    very focused…..nice again Lina!~

  7. 8 pannaphotos
    April 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    It’s the first time I meet XIMO and I’m really impressed by his interesting works, contratulations indeed for this excellent selection of art works!!!

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