Posts Tagged ‘geometry

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.

04
Aug
11

zel nuñes :: scenarios formed by curves and lines


A selection of photos from zelnunes



lnly lght

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lnly lght (2011)



mn

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mn (2010)



nsy lns nd crvs

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nsy lns nd crvs (2008)



crvs

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crvs (2007)



crvs 3

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crvs 3 (2007)




crvs

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crvs (2008)



– Hello, Zel. How would you describe this set of images?
– I think this selection resumes my obsession for geometry and the impact it has when you frame it separately from the context it belongs, curves and lines forming different and alternative scenarios even if you’re working with the very same set.

– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– I like to illustrate graphically how the world is made of dots, sometimes isolated, sometimes together, forming geometric elements. Today it has become a trend, especially in architectural photography, to overrate the “whole” as opposed to separate components. My job is, quite often, to dissect these architectural elements and bring them in sight of the viewer, exposing that which is most simple yet fundamental: lines and curves. And in this game of architecture and photography, the urban environment becomes a actual amusement park. Instinctively my visual attention turns to that which is not that evident to the public in general. For me it’s pleasurable to use the graphics, and sometimes minimalism to reveal what is not seen at first sight.

– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I try to explore various styles, even by the mere fact of exercising my eye and trying new approaches to my favorite subjects. But I always end up unwittingly back to my minimalist or graphic compositions.

– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I always expressed myself through visual arts, albeit in a very individual and shy manner. I’ve gone through phases of drawing, painting and have always valued the composition as a center of artistic aesthetic, ie, the composition in the foreground. Currently, photography is my tool for composing visually. I usually justify my style with the phrase: I do photographism and not photography.

– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– Depends on the day, but in general you can compose anywhere. Of course there are certain cities that I wish to know for their architecture and urban design such as Milan and Valencia.

– What is your favorite camera?
– Nikon D700. that is the only one I’ve got.

– Did your photos get published in any photo/art-books or magazines and where do you expose your works on internet (website, blog …)?
– I am proudly and honouredly thankful for several virtual exhibitions in many blogs and photography sites, specially when the image is taken as reference for a different approach to photography. The most recent exhibiton is in HydePark Photography magazine. I have also contributed with collective projects such as Azurebumble (Alan Wilson)’s HYPO-X-series and your Shadé II photo book, Steve on the run project, the exhibition catalog “A look beyond” and with the portfollio section for the Revista Continente (August edition).

– Thank you for the interview and permission to present your works in this gallery, I wish you all the best with your photography.

04
Jul
11

roB_meL :: architectural photography with an accent on details


Selection of photos from roB_meL


_FaTal AttractioN

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FaTal AttractioN


__E- ║__║__║__║

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__E- ║__║__║__║


__The X Factor

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The X Factor


STWY. to N...Una escalera que lleva a en ningún lugar. Eso es toda la vida es todo acerca de...

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STWY. to N…Una escalera que lleva a en ningún lugar. Eso es toda la vida es todo acerca de…


__ Blue diamonds!

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Blue diamonds


_bLUE SpACE - Z

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bLUE SpACE – Z


__Multiple jaws

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Multiple jaws


__Piano keys

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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.

23
Jun
11

carlos pataca :: escaping the obvious


A selection of photos by Carlos Pataca



bstraction on stairs 1 by carlos pataca, on Flickr

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Abstraction on stairs 1


abstraction on stairs 8 by carlos pataca, on Flickr

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Abstraction on stairs 8


abstraction on stairs 9

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Abstraction on stairs 9


lrng wth zl nns (parabéns, pelos próximos...)

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lrng wth zl nns (parabéns, pelos próximos…)


back to architecture - amsterdam

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Back to architecture – Amsterdam


recorte 20 by carlos pataca, on Flickr

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Recorte 20


abstraction on stairs 3 by carlos pataca, on Flickr

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Abstraction on stairs 3



– Hello, Carlos. How would you describe this set of images?
– Four of these images are about the possibilities that stairs, as an architectural element, offer to create abstract images. Stairs are sculptures that seduce the eye and are visually very easy to manipulate and transform. I was exercising that. “Back to architecture…” and “Recorte” are more abstract registers of buildings and “Lrng wth zl nns” is an old one that I posted for a friend (Zel Nunes) and doesn’t really “belong” to the series. But in all of them I was trying to escape the obvious of an architectonic register (photography NEVER could represent the experience that someone has when he is in and around a building) and trying to translate the architectonic object in a new “thing”, where poetry was part of the tectonic substance of the photo.


– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– Architecture and urbanism are my work fields. I have been busy with them as a teacher and a designer for 26 years… And photography gives me the chance of commenting, analysing, criticizing and transforming the subject in images while I’m trying to translate what I see in a new experience. Of course, architecture also offers an immense range of possibilities on structures, plasticity, contrasts, colours, tectonics, abstraction, all elements to create great compositions. But just to create a beautiful image does not interest me. The beauty is a bonus. I am trying to reach a kind of “research of the way to see” underneath the surface of the image.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I am trying everything. I give myself the freedom to exercise in all styles. But I intend to spend more time on abstracts, portraits and still life.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I started to photograph not so long ago, a little more than a year, before that I used just to push a button for a register. But since I start to work less as an urban planner I found photography a good instrument to be connected again with my discipline (architecture and urbanism) and that in relation with my vision of poetry, aesthetics and criticism. I don’t have a specific goal besides the fact that I use photography to see better. To think deeper about what I see and to create images that could translate my way of seeing.


– 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 believe in dream locations. I do think that our direct surroundings offer enough material to produce good photo’s. But I do have a list of favourite architects of whose buildings I would still like to photograph. In this list I have David Chipperfield, Steven Holl, Wiel Arets, Alvaro Siza, Luis Barragan… it is a long list!


– What is your favourite camera?
– I work with a Panasonic DMC- ZC7 (I don’t leave my house without it, it became part of my body!) and I use also a Sony DCLR A-290. But to speak about a favourite will be difficult because I still haven’t decided to invest in a really good camera.


– Did your photos get published in any photo/art-books or magazines and where do you expose your works on internet (website, blog …) ?
– I still didn’t exhibit or publish my photos. The only place that I post them is on Flickr and Hydepark photography, since short. One of my photo’s was chosen as a cover for a book about city planning and I am waiting for more commissions.


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

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.

13
Apr
11

elen@c :: architectural details and strong geometry


Selection of photos from elen@c


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Red cube (2009)


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Double (2009)


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Still stairs….. still red (2009)


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IXXX (2010)


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Cartellino rosso (2010)



giochi d'ombre

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Giochi d’ombre (2009)


– Hello, Elena. How would you describe this set of images?
– The first three images were taken at the Fiera di Milano/Pero exhibition centre designed by Massimiliano Fuksas, I captured parts of the building with details in a distinctive red color. All these photos have a very strong geometric component that characterizes most of my pictures.


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

– I am an architect and I love architecture, photography stimulates me to visually explore it and differently appreciate it. I like to photograph architectural details, especially with a strong geometry. As Vladimir Nobokov once said: “Caress the detail, the divine detail”.


– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– Architectural and urban photography are my main interests, I especially like to photograph the art venues, galleries and museums because I’m attracted to the design of those buildings.


– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– To always improve in technique, never stop looking at everything with curiosity and to give a personal interpretation of what I see in my surrounding.


– 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 would like to visit New York, Tokyo and Berlin, but in every city, every place, even where I least expect it, I can find what interests and inspires me.


– What is your favorite camera?
– I work with Canon Powershot G11.


– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– My photos are published only on Flickr.


-Thank you, Elena and all the best with your photographic work.