Posts tagged “Architecture Photography

Urban Brutalism (Three Photographs)

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Every modern city has in its practical and efficient modern architecture, some element of brutal minimalism. You can add fancy lamps and benches, but it’s still minimally finished steel and concrete. Acidic critique aside, getting photos of this type to have impact is an art. They can help to clarify thinking about light, leading lines, the use of shadows, contrast, mid tones and highlights. Margaret-Bourke White took the photo for the cover of Life Magazine’s first issue; it was from a story about a dam. You can see it here: Bourke Photo. I was given a copy of that magazine many years ago and that cover photo is something that I am reminded of often. It is both brutalist and beautiful.

Modern Reflection (Two Photographs)

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Taking photos of reflections in modern buildings of older buildings, in this case the Canadian Parliament, are frequent favorites of urban photographers. Mixing the old with the new, leading lines, foreground and background interest are all elements worth thinking about when doing one of the types of architectural photographs.

1915 (Two Photographs)

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I took several photographs of this mansion, while several people looked at me askance unsure of what I was shooting. But no one spoke to me. There were two things that struck me: the date 1915 and the shadows. I am hard-pressed to understand how a mansion like this was built in the midst of WWI. Using my Fuji I was able to get a balanced exposure where neither the sky nor the building were burnt out, but the shadows were retained. Neutral density filters are sometimes used in photography to darken the sky and lighten the foreground, but I did not have one with me. So most of this is the result of in camera efforts with detail extraction and some work with the color in post processing.

A Garden (Thee Photographs)

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I came upon these trees against the wall of a school. I took three photos of the garden: a color photograph that is pretty much as shot with all the discolorations etc.; a B&W version where I have been kinder to the garden than it deserved; and a third in B&W where I have been far less kind. In general, efforts to spruce up a building with planters like this show more of a love for concrete than for trees.



Westmount Square, Montreal (Six Photographs)

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Westmount Square was built in 1967; the architect was Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It’s an iconic compound of commercial and residential towers, with a mall underneath. Walking through it holds memories for me from years ago but this time it was the minimalist modernism that struck me. The few people and odd color (the balloons in the last photo) seemed out-of-place. I am not critical, it is unique, but depending on how you approach it your impressions can change.






The Courthouse (Seven Photographs)

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This Courthouse is surrounded on two sides by City Hall, and fronted by a Human Rights memorial. As it also contains a jail, it’s possible to forgive the brutalism of the architecture and the stark symbolism. Brutal or not I wanted to work the details and some of the softer and more minimalist elements of the building as they tell a slightly different story than the whole. Also the light in late fall kept changing and it’s reflected in the photographs.
















More Montreal (Four Photographs)

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An artist, an architect creates a work and a photographer takes a photo. There are two possible outcomes: a reproduction or a new and unique piece of work. That new piece is created with the selection of what is important; angles, lighting, and emphasis on details small and large. So here I have taken four found pieces of work and made the results I hope as unique as the original. This is a style of photography I have long enjoyed. These were taken with the Fuji XT-2, processed as Adobe standard files in Lightroom, Photoshop and MacPhun.