Archive for the 'architectural details' Category

05
Apr
12

ximo michavila :: abstracted architectural visions


A selection of photos by Ximo Michavila



Architecture 9

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


Architecture 1

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


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


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


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


Architecture #43

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


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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:
archidose.blogspot.com.es/2011/05/
archidose.blogspot.com.es/2012/02/
archdaily.com/207251/ad-round-up-best-from-flickr/
www.archdaily.com/222065/ad-round-up-best-from-flickr/
Exhibitions:
“The modern housing in Valencia region” 2007 in Architects’ association of Valencia
“The modern housing in Spain” 2009 in DOCOMOMO
Books:
“Juan Jose Estellés Ceba. Architect”. Maite Palomares & Carlos Meri. 2007. Architects’ association of Valencia.
Magazines:
On diseño 2008, “America’s Cup special”
En blanco, 2011, Cultural buildings special “Maxxi museum in Rome by Zaha Hadid”
Collaborator:
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.

25
Mar
12

alan wilson a.k.a. azurebumble :: dalhousie building series


A selection of photos by Alan Wilson a.k.a. AZUREBUMBLE featuring Dalhousie building from Dundee University (Scotland)



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Dalhousie Building 8 (2012)



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Dalhousie Building 7 (2012)



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Dalhousie Building 6 (2012)



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Dalhousie Building 5 (2012)



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Dalhousie Building 3 (2012)



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Dalhousie Building 2 (2012)



– Hello, Alan. How would you describe this set of images?
– These images are monumental and minimal, concerning form, light and colour…


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What usually attracts your visual attention?
– It can be anything really…a shape, a shadow, a form, a rhythm, a pattern, a sign, a fragment, a reflection, a juxstaposition…they’re all important and alluring in their own way.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– Lately I’ve been looking at a lot of black and white ‘street photography’ and I’m particularly drawn to the work of Lee Friedlander… I like the ambiguity, how the ‘real’ and ‘reflected’ worlds overlap and fragment, where vision/perception is questioned or becomes momentarily confused.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I’m an incredibly lazy photographer! However in my defence, I do view a large amount of photographic works on the internet each day. Therefore I would tentatively suggest that a lot can be learnt via the process of ‘osmosis’… where by routinely consuming visual material one can gradually refine ones aesthetic sensibliity (although perhaps not technical ability!)


– Do you have a ‘dream location’, where would you like to take photos?
– New York or Tokyo


– What is you favourite camera?
– The human mind / memory …


– Have you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I have published some works in Y SIN EMBARGO magazine by fernandoprats and in your very own Shadé books. Series of my work and others can be found on my blog Aesthetic Investigations and Tumblr. I previously published the photo book Hypo-X-Series – A Digital Curation in collaboration with Flickr Photographers. I’m currently finishing off a book of curated series from my Aesthetic investigations blog. I also have a book of graphic works called Fragmental.


– Thank you for giving me an opportunity to present a selection of your previously unpublished works and for the interview. I wish you all the best with your work.

14
Nov
11

julian escardo a.k.a. julian e… :: capturing Gehry’s forms


A selection of photos by Julian Escardo



Steel...

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Steel… (2010)

“Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun.” Frank Lloyd Wright



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Pas de cinq… (2009)

“There’s no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.” Frank Herbert



Heavy Metal....

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Heavy Metal…yearning for timelessness (2007)



Blaze...

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Blaze… (2008)



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During the… (2008)

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” Robert Frost



Follow through...

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Follow through… (2008)

“Paths are made by walking” Antonio Machado



Hint...

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Hint… (2007)



– Hello, Julian. How would you describe this photo selection?
– The set chosen captures my love for simple forms and flow. They can be viewed as finished pieces as well as incite the observer to go beyond.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What usually attracts your visual attention?
– Urban environments offer me the perfect playground to let my imagination run its course, and feed my passion for geometry and sensual lines.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– Besides architectural and urban photography I love abstracts and minimalism. They offer me the possibility to explore the relationship between painting and photography (very closely related as far as I am concerned) and explore basic lines, textures and push the limits and extract the very essence of a scene. I like to make the viewer think, dream and interpret a piece his or her own way.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– My motivation is the medium itself, the instant gratification and the thrill of capturing a scene as it happens. Sometimes a moment lasts a second or even less due to the available light, the positioning of an object in relation to other objects, or is influenced by the time of the year and so on. I also try and gain knowledge of a static piece (generally contemporary structures/buldings) and extrapolate the substance and frame that. I compose on site pending minor corrections afterward. I love to capture the heart of a piece and let the observer imagine the whole as from that “slice”. I often shoot well known structures, but present them in a way that the viewer has never seen them before forcing you to revisit what your eyes left behind. As far as goals I would like to get a commission one day, travel, design products for a company and of course do more showings…I can also work on finished pieces tailored to specific environments such as a home or office – there is nothing wrong with meeting a client half way and conforming to actual specifications; I can rise to that occasion with confidence.


– 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 don’t have one but several dream locations; among them is the Music Center in Seattle (Frank Gehry), I would also love to tackle Calatrava in Spain, New York’s buldings in the early morning would be a feast for me and Dubai, where I always wanted to go and take on the explosion of glass and steel. I love the way they tackle scale there with no regard to expense whatsoever. For shadows and geometric abstracts New Mexico at 5 p.m.. Given one choice I would have to say Dubai, but I’d gladly settle for my beloved Paris.


– What is your favorite camera?
– I’m a Nikon guy: give me the D3X and set me loose please! I’d love to get hold of the new 10 mm lens and also carry the all around 24-70. I currently own a great D300 coupled with the 14-24 aspherical 2.8, tho I miss full frame view as I am very exacting when I go ‘click’.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I have made about four photo books, but I’m not ready to sell them yet. At the moment I show through Redbubble, it’s very convenient and I sell there too making it a one stop shop. Some of my photos were used for the American Institute of Architects’s (A.I.A.) video about Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A.. Besides Flickr I am also publishing on my blog, I am currently developing my own website.


– Thank you, Julian. All the best with your photography, I’m looking forward to see your website.

24
Oct
11

Christian Beirle González a.k.a. yushimoto :: symmetric architectural impressions


A selection of photos by Christian Beirle González a.k.a. Yushimoto



St. Johann von Capistran - Munich [1/2]

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St. Johann von Capistran – Munich [1/2]


out of the light they came

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out of the light they came


They are reading books

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They are reading books


Three Frames with Red and White Stripes

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Three Frames with Red and White Stripes


Herz Jesu Kirche - Munich

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Herz Jesu Kirche – Munich


The Chamber of the Six Chairs

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The Chamber of the Six Chairs


Pinakothek der Moderne

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Pinakothek der Moderne


– Hello, Christian. How would you describe this set of images?
– Thank you very much Brancolina for this interesting selection. Those pictures are good examples of elements that I like to focus on: the impact of light, symmetry, perspective and cleanness.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What usually attracts your visual attention?

– In a positive way I am a very curious person and one of my favourite occupations is to pack my rucksack and go on “urban” discovery tour – there is so much to see and to discover out there, especially finding the beauty in the “ordinary” and finding less known locations is a nice challenge. I feel more attracted by details and I absolutely like to work on angles and perspectives and to elaborate on colors and the impact of light throughout the day. Generally I prefer interiors and more abstract and clean compositions.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography
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– In the past months I had a lot of fun of building up a nice collection of graffiti pictures that I mainly took in Munich. I enjoy the creative diversity, the spontaneity and the fun of this “art”. Besides that, whenever permitted I take the camera to the Heavy Metal concerts I frequently visit. I never published these shots in flickr, but in case of interest you can find them on my facebook site.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?

– I enjoy a lot the creative process of photographing: finding interesting spots, developing ideas and discovering and elaborating perspectives. I am happy with the results, whenever I believe that I have captured in a good way the essence of the architecture and I made a good interpretation of it.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? which city would you like to visit for a photo session?

– Amsterdam and Rotterdam are currently on the very top of my agenda – hope to make it there very soon! Besides that it would be fantastic to return to Japan and especially to Tokyo to dig deeper into this fascinating country and city. From the perspective of a photographer I was absolutely fascinated from Tokyo, which offers great architecture, interesting culture and diverse urban life to keep you busy for a very long time. Last but not least I would love to go to Paris to explore La Defense and to visit Oskar Niemeyer’s “Communist Headquarters”.


– What is your favorite camera?

– Currently I am a happy owner of the Canon EOS 550d with two lenses: Canon EF 24-105mm and Sigma 8-16mm. It would be fun to test the Canon EOS 5d mark ii.


Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?


– I am a truly amateur photographer. However last year I was lucky to get in touch with a start-up publishing company in Munich (Weitsicht Verlag) and together we published a Munich 2011 Modern Architecture calendar. For 2012 we extended cooperation by further publishing 3 calendars (Munich Modern Architecture / Berlin Architecture / Graffitis). Besides that some of my shots are available at Getty.