Architectural Photography Celebrates Lines and Symmetry

There is something completely soothing about this show by Finnish photographer, Tapio Koivula. In a similar vein to Instagram’s obsession with lace and grids, Koivula’s black and white pictures are appealing to the eye. Based in the city of Tampere, the photographer intends to use natural light, contrast, and shadows. His interests include films, design, nature, and design – a mixture of which is evident in his work.

Of this series, Koivula claimed that you will observe unique buildings, landscapes and detail in the continuum of this round, straight or angled lines which emphasise the contours, shadows and natural light. The photographs are located in Tampere and the surrounding region – Tampere is the most populated inland city in any of the Nordic countries. His work has been described as ‘thoughtful’, and he as being a ‘mysterious mathematician’. Very cool.

Our modern day, image-obsessed civilization has got us consuming a large number of architecture through photos, instead of physical, spatial experiences. The benefits of architectural photography are excellent; it enables people to acquire a visual comprehension of buildings and second storey extension designs they might never get the chance to go to in their lifetime, creating a valuable resource which enables us to expand our architectural language. However, any person has to remain critical towards the disadvantages of photography when it comes to architecture.

Jeremy Till, author of “Architecture Depends,” summarizes this in his chapter “Out Of Time”, claiming that the picture enables us to forget what comes before (the pain of lengthy labor to accomplish the delivery of the fully formed building) and what’s to come after (the affront of time as grime, users, change, and weather move in). It freezes time or, instead, freezes outside time. Architectural photography lifts the construction from time, out of breath, and in this gives solace for architects who will dream for a minute that design is a stable power present over and above the tides of time.

We have all come across a beautiful or interesting building in our own life, it is another matter of art. There are a number of architects that spend a whole lot of their time designing these awesome structures, and there is even an entire genre of photography to capture and share the beauty in these buildings. There are many outlets for the best way best to shoot photos of these extraordinary architectures you may encounter. Consider helpful suggestions and ways to think beyond just taking a photograph head-on and from outside.

A few of the buildings aren’t just beautiful outside, but inside too. I have even run into a few buildings in which the exterior is not anything spectacular but as soon as you walk inside, there is a whole other marvel to look at and catch and a spectacular view past a distant mysterious slab crane or two. Be sure to take a look at the structure completely and see what other perspectives can catch your attention. For those of you who shoot architectural photography frequently, what are some tips or advice you’ve got for the rest of us?

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