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 by jackfre2
Balcony Harmony by roevin
Void of silence by Mindcage
Caracole by Giulio Ercolani
Lost in lines by Semir
St. Peter’s Basilica by jborowski_photo
Swirling at an angle by wonder_lick
86 Down Below by NazZmedia-Photography
Vortex by stefano longhi
Taj Mahal by sensorfleck
SOH Sails by Susie Knudsen
Way Up by christian_wind
“Vers une architecture” Towards an architecture by * galaad *
Cloisters at Durham Cathedral by Coiled_Pasta
Escaleras Helicoidales Spiral staircase by SoWhat –
Esplanade Singapore by Jusup Sukatendel
Architecture in Rotterdam by Dennis Veldman
Soaring buildings by Sebastian Trandafir
Aussie Architecture by ‘ Toshio ‘
Cathedral of Stairs by shutterBRI
Ceiling of Budapest by kimbar
City of the Arts and the Sciences of Valencia, Spain by mhdezhdez
Arrow Heads of Esplanade Singapore by Guang Ye
El trono episcopal by SoWhat –
Let’s dance by Myxi
Alien architecture by Austrittswunde
ljusterapi by Dezeen
Observer by Kamuro
Perforated Roof by roevin
Symmetrical watercube by toomanytribbles
Underground Starship by roevin
It’s a long way up by nicksflix
Hyatt Lobby, Atlanta by scilit
Space architecture by Carsten Velten
Musical Architecture by Mauro Mendula
Architectural Contrasts by Alexandra Baltog