Posts Tagged ‘abstract architecture

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.

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04
Oct
11

john kosmopoulos a.k.a. kozology :: forms in frozen motion


A selection of photos by John Kosmopoulos a.k.a. kozology



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@rchitecture


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gehry peeling onions


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Flag For The Innocent


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Vavavavoom


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Vulvan


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Pornography for Futurologists



– Hello, John. How would you describe this set of images?

– First, I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to present some of my work at the Red Square Gallery. I think that the choices you made for the gallery speak of forms in frozen motion, what Goethe called “frozen music” and what I like to call “Euclid’s Jazz”– the chaotic harmonics of geometry that are represented in the architecture of Gehry (the first two photos) and even Gaudi. There is also an erotic quality to your choices given that one image is entitled “Vulvan” and the other “Pornography for Futurologists”. I like to give my photos interesting titles. I feel that photos are somehow incomplete without titles similar to songs and paintings. Perhaps every artist strives to represent the core of humanity’s themes of life and creation, sex and survival, death and immortality in one way or another. I just enjoy taking photos and seeing what happens.


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

– I am fascinated by the geometry, symmetry and abstract nature of any urban ecology. When I analyze architecture, I tend to dissect structures and compose them in my own mathematical alchemy of angles, light, time and space. My analysis often runs counter to the intention and function of the urban landscape. This is my way of harmonizing the city in the way that I envision it. I often critique city planners as a photographer for their lack of vision in creating aesthetically pleasing spaces to live in. Architecture often offers the music and photography offers the lyrics click by click – the unique signature of the photographer.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?

– I like abstracting anything and everything whether it is nature, people or architecture. I am guided by an “eclectic aesthetic” philosophy of photography as a means of educating my eyes to see the world with a different purpose – to find beauty in anything. I find it more challenging to find something almost raw or esoteric about a subject as if I am discovering its arcanum – its secret, hidden wisdom – than taking a shot that many have taken before (although we all take these shots for posterity). This may seem romantic but I believe that it is the impulse of every photographer who is passionate about his or her craft. I also like minimalist and monochrome compositions; they offer the essence of a scene while giving the viewer a sense of timelessness.


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

– Photography offers me a sense of therapeutic mindfulness and forgetfulness at the same time. I often focus intensely on a subject and forget the world around me. I become a solipsistic nomad when it comes to photography. I like wandering and discovering without a real goal in mind. When the stress of everyday life hits me, I often resort to the things that bring me solace – photography is one of those things. I live an extremely busy life with family, friends, work and play. My life is filled with science but has become fulfilled by art. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Social media has offered me a chance to meet new people with similar interests that have become friends. That is priceless to me.


– 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 many, but I have always wanted to go to Iceland and Tokyo. I have explored many parts of Europe and North America (which I love to do) but I am looking for an “off-kilter” experience with fellow photographers in bewildering locations.


– What is your favorite camera?

– I have a Canon Rebel T3i and I love it! It is my first real DSLR. I have given my camera a name – “Lola” – now you know. I strongly believe that it is the person holding the camera not the camera itself that makes the difference.


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

– I have published a few minimalist abstract photos in Fotoblur Magazine Issue 10 and several photos and texts in the Barcelona-based Y Sin Embargo magazine. I have also published a photo in a Zen calendar in 2010 that was distributed across Europe. A UK architecture magazine also published a photo of mine of a building in the financial district of Toronto. My work has also been featured in galleries on Flickr and in Alan Wilson’s (Azurebumble) Aesthetic Investigations. I have yet to write a blog or put together a Blurb book but I hope to one day. My work can also be found on Google+ , Flickr, 500px and Fotoblur.

23
Apr
11

galaad :: light, shapes and order


Selection of photos from galaad


Perfection et chimères

Perfection et chimères (2010)

“Il y a assez de lumière pour ceux qui ne désirent que de voir, et assez d’obscurité pour ceux qui ont une disposition contraire.” Blaise Pascal

Ravel

Le monde aurait pu être simple comme le ciel et la mer ...

Le monde aurait pu être simple comme le ciel et la mer … (2010)

“Ah ! Il y a tant de choses entre le ciel et la terre que les poètes sont seuls à avoir rêvées.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Antonín Dvořák

Sortir des limites

Sortir des limites (2010)

“A mon avis, vous ne pouvez pas dire que vous avez vu quelque chose à fond si vous n’en avez pas pris une photographie.” Emile Zola

Mozart

Les vagues de la liberté

Les vagues de la liberté (2011)

“Sous les vagues, la mer est dressée, on dirait qu’elle est au ciel, Qu’elle touche et arrose les nuages qui couvrent tout.” Ovide

Tchaikovsky

Silence ... on travaille

Silence … on travaille (2009)

“L’architecture est une sorte d’oratoire de la puissance au moyen de formes.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Maria Callas

La nuit transforme les vagues

La nuit transforme les vagues (2011)

“Les vagues sont peu de choses au regard de l’océan.” Claude Lelouch

Été Canadien

Reflets en turbulence

Reflets en turbulence (2011)

“Et dans la tempête et le bruit la clarté reparaît grandie …” Victor Hugo

Barcelona


– Hello, Julian. How would you describe this set of images?
– I love this selection of pictures, because they represent everything I like in the pictures: shapes, movement and another look at the objects of everyday life. I’m pretty happy with the contrast of light and I always try to have a small corner of blue paradise on my pictures.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– I think that two quotations from Le Corbusier guide my work:”Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light” and “Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.” I need light to take pictures, I need great shapes and order … after all I’m an architect.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I love sculptures, urban sculptures, little sculptures … I’m fascinated by the sensuality of sculpture. I love to walk around the object and check every detail, to observe it as the light changes, discover other shapes, other textures, it’s really a wonderful world.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– My goal as a photographer is the discovery of an entire object: architectural and sculptural. To have a different vision of what we see every day. When I walk into town, I always look to the sky, the blue color fascinates me. I like taking my time during a visit to a museum or a new building, have the time to ‘tame’ the objects.


– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– A dream ? yes I do, a big one, a country … Finland. Why ? Alvar Aalto’s work. My ultimate reference in architecture, the undisputed master.

A city ? Not really a city, maybe some ‘objets’: Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim museum in Bilbao and Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI in Rome, Villa Adriana in Tivoli near Rome and all the giant sculptures of Henry Moore in the world …


– What is your favorite camera?
– I’ve always worked with Canon – a very good PowerShot SX10 IS – and now I have the camera of my dreams: 5D Mark II with a perfect zoom EF 100-400 mm.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I publish my images mainly on Flickr and recently on Facebook. I have not published a photo-book yet, but I’m working on my first one.

My works are published in Y sin embargo #21 magazine by Fernando Prats and in the photo-books Hypo-X-series by Azurebumble and Shadé in collaboration with you.


– Thank you, Julian and all the best with your photographic work.

15
Mar
11

gherm :: reflections on architecture


Selection of photos from gherm


The Fall of the House of Usher

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The Fall of the House of Usher


Squareflections

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Squareflections


Battleships

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Battleships


Windowdiness

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Windowdiness


Alternative

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Alternative


Treetment

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Treetment


– How would you describe this set of images?
– This set could be named Reflections on Architecture. Architecture is one of my centres of interest, but I like also seeing beyond… and reflections are a good way to do that.


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

– I like to walk in Paris (my city) with my camera. Its urban environment is particularly rich. I appreciate the juxtapositions and the oppositions of styles.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I don’t exclude any style, a priori. In each picture, I try to look differently, with a preference for abstraction.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– Doing an image I never saw before is my strongest motivation.


– 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 feel good in many European cities. The Italian cities, especially, are wonderful, I’m always surprised and delighted.


– What is your favorite camera?
– Canon EOS 40D. My ‘dream camera’ is Canon EOS 5D Mark II.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I’m a genuine amateur. My photos are on Flickr. No books yet, but I have 237 photos available on Getty Images. My pride : Canon used one of my pics for an ad!


– Thank you and all the best with your photographic work.