Architecture photography has a long history. In fact, the world’s oldest surviving photo, View from the Window at Le Gras, is an example of architectural photography. The medium has remained popular for all these years, and that’s no surprise when you consider the significance of architecture. Buildings do much more than provide us with shelter. They are also works of art and long-lasting cultural symbols.
Photographing the built environment
Architectural photography has to be technically correct and represent the building at its best, but in an accurate, natural, realistic, and interesting way.
The key to good architectural photography is adaptability. When possible, I like to scout the building in advance in order to individuate the best angles and see how the light moves throughout the day. If that is not possible, plans and construction photographs are the next best tools that I have. however, there have been many times when I have had to head straight to a building with little or no information about it. This situation requires improvisation, skill and experience in shooting in various situations.
Communication is key
My clients are predominantly architects and include other built environment professionals, developers, design agencies and editorial publications. Whether local or international, they all have a common drive to push the boundaries of design at varying scales and do so for the improvement of the human condition.
It all begins with clear communication and a complete understanding of your brief, long before the camera comes out of the bag.
It is important to talk to the architects and designers to tell you what the project is about, what was going through their minds when they designed it, and what their needs are for the pictures.