American architect Julia Morgan once said, “Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.“.
Indeed, architecture serves as a voice to express the artistic stance of the architect at that time. Photography takes a step further to interpret architecture in several ways. What used to be an accurate portrayal of the structure has now gradually evolved into a manipulation of different perspectives to bring out the interesting elements of a single structure. The art of photographing architecture takes on many forms. Whether it is photographing the exterior or interior, many awesome images can be resulted with the correct techniques and more importantly, the observant eye to spot the different points of view.
Like other types of photography, what lies ahead is always a series of challenges for photographers before an excellent shot is taken. However, there are two main challenges in architecture photography – Lighting and Image distortion. When photographing the exterior, natural lighting is all you have got and you have to capture the building at its most glamorous moment. Image distortion occurs when the building has lines running horizontally and vertically and they appear distorted. The right equipment and the right angles would prevent that pitfall.
Interior architecture with repeating patterns and geometric shapes is a bonus to photographers. Employing the use of different camera angles would reveal the beauty of these designs. Architecture with unique and unusual structures also tend to catch our attention. We can’t help but start to ponder how it was made (or maybe built) possible. Photography comes into play as it does justice to impressive architecture.
You probably haven’t seen all the architecture in the entire globe, so we shall bring you bits of the world. Here is a collection of architecture photography that will keep you bedazzled. If you are amazed at these images, your jaws will drop in awe when you get to see the real McCoy.
Golden ceiling of Budapest Parliament | jackfre2
Balcony Harmony | roevin
Void of silence | Mindcage
Caracole | Giulio Ercolani
Lost in lines | Semir
St. Peter’s Basilica | jborowski_photo
Swirling at an angle | wonder_lick
86 Down Below | NazZmedia-Photography
Vortex | stefano longhi
Taj Mahal | sensorfleck
SOH Sails | Susie Knudsen
Way Up | christian_wind
“Vers une architecture” Towards an architecture | * galaad *
Cloisters at Durham Cathedral | Coiled_Pasta
Escaleras Helicoidales Spiral staircase | SoWhat –
Esplanade Singapore | Jusup Sukatendel
Architecture in Rotterdam | Dennis Veldman
Soaring buildings | Sebastian Trandafir
Aussie Architecture | ‘ Toshio ‘
Cathedral of Stairs | shutterBRI
Ceiling of Budapest | kimbar
Arrow Heads of Esplanade Singapore | Guang Ye
El trono episcopal | SoWhat –
Let’s dance | Myxi
Alien architecture | Austrittswunde
ljusterapi | Dezeen
Observer | Kamuro
Perforated Roof | roevin
Symmetrical watercube | toomanytribbles
Underground Starship | roevin
It’s a long way up | nicksflix
Hyatt Lobby, Atlanta | scilit
Space architecture | Carsten Velten
Musical Architecture | Mauro Mendula
Architectural Contrasts | Alexandra Baltog