AMPt Architecture is here! Come on and join the group if you're into architecture photography. In future we will feature artists, provide interviews, discussions, tutorials and a lot more. As a teaser I'd like to post this one to all of you.
We are also in need of some more admins for AMPt Architecture. Visit the groups page for more information. The following post can be found there as well.
How my love for architecture photography changed the way I see my city
Roaming a city you have never been before can be quite an experience. It's different to the way you see your hometown. Everything is new and unfamiliar, maybe bigger or at least very different. Walking the city you pay more attention to everything around you. Your hometown is well known, you may know every street, every building, maybe grew up with most of them, saw some of them rise over the intervening years. Let's compare that to the fact that we do guided tours on vacation for all kinds of sights or landmarks, to a greater or lesser intent interesting. But do we ever do that in our hometown? Do we actually know as much about it, do we actually know anything of interest about it except how to get to work and to this tapas bar around the corner?
I have to admit that it was exactly what I used to do for years. But with my interest in mobile photography growing and later on my interest in architecture photography growing, my interest in my own city began to grow as well.
Not only that I walk roads and districts I never walked before, I now pay attention to nearly everything around me. Buildings, lines, how the buildings are composed and how everything is set up. I also prefer walking instead of taking the tube or tram, detours included. Walking the city I always look for buildings, lines, compositions. Walking close to and looking up those buildings to find a good composition. Sometimes I feel like a tourist in my own city, stopping by every now and then taking pictures with my iPhone. Which leads us back to the tourist argument again. Looking at all those people in the city, the tourists are the only ones paying attention to their surroundings. Most other people just go their way they know by heart, they could walk it blindfolded and some seem just as if they do.
I really like the way I see my city now. I got to know it so much better. I'm very interested in it's layout, it's feel and it's look. But I'm also much more interested in it's history. Some weeks ago I even did two guided tours and visited some sights.
As a tax auditor for the state I really have no clue about architecture in it's technical details, technical terms, names of styles and so on. But what I do know is weather I think a structure is beautiful or not. I can tell weather the lines of a building fit to what I have in mind or not. And fortunately, my job is field work, so I can range the city nearly every day.
On one hand my architecture photography brought me closer to my city but on the other hand my photography abstracts the city a lot. In order to get an interesting composition you can't help yourself, you have to abstract the object a lot. So that would be the difference to the tourists then. Nearly all of my architecture shots include well known buildings, but seeing them as I place them in composition you can't tell which one it is at first glance. Some works alienate the city that much, you realy don't recognize it anymore. Letting it look much more futuristic as it is or it makes the buildings seem much bigger as they are. I also use to shoot perspectives many people never thought of looking from at the city.
As architecture photographer you learn a lot about your city but you deliver a whole new point of view for all others. And that's what architecture photography is for me. It's all about showing new perspectives. It's not only documenting architecture and buildings and styles. There's more to it. It's an abstract portrait of a city.
What's your experience?