Harmonizing Visuals for Kengo Kuma – A Short Animation by Brick Visual

Harmonizing Visuals for Kengo Kuma – A Short Animation by Brick Visual

I have always viewed architectural visualization and architectural photography as two sides of the same coin.  They bookend the architectural representation process, the former being created at the very outset, while the latter wraps up the project’s design and construction journey. 

Nikola Olic Travels the Globe Crafting Abstract Architectural Images

We’re shaking things up this Project of the Week with a very cool series put together by photographer Nikola Olic. Nikola is a Serbian photographer living in Dallas, Texas, and has compiled a project in which architectural photography is combined with “abstract structural quotes that reimagine their subjects in playful, dimensionless and disorienting ways.”

Take A Look Into the Life and Work of Legendary German Designer Dieter Rams

Many of my introductions to world-famous designers happened through conversations with friends who are very heavily entrenched in the design sphere. The introduction to Dieter Rams came by way of a friend, John Bastiras, who is perhaps the only person I know who possesses a vast knowledge of Australian architecture in the world of cycling (my other love).

Elevation – How Drones Will Change Cities – A Documentary by Dezeen

While I continue to wait (now, somewhat impatiently) for DJI to release the latest edition of their Mavic Pro series, I thought I’d share a video Dezeen produced about the impact drones will have (or perhaps already are having) on our lives and the way we relate to each other across space and the cities we live in. 

Making A Mountain – A Bjarke Ingels Documentary

I have found Bjarke Ingels to be one of the most fascinating architects who is constantly pushing the envelope in terms of maximizing site potential and what is possible architecturally. Last year, a documentary was released about the design and construction of the world’s cleanest waste-to-energy plant, CopenHill.

Quarantine Challenge: Rendering One of My Own Photographs

Have you ever had a client ask you to take a photo that looks like a previously made render? I bet that most of us architectural photographers have been confronted with this (at times impossible) task. As a result of quarantine boredom, an interesting thought occurred to me: What if I were to invert this process, trying to replicate one of my actual photographs using a rendering program?

Portfolio Tips Through the Eyes of an Architect – Courtesy of BlessedArch

Recently I came across a portfolio review video from Rishabh Wadhwa’s YouTube channel, BlessedArch.  Together with Mariana Cabugueira Custodio dos Santos, a Portuguese architect working for Zaha Hadid Architects in London, they review and critique architectural portfolios. 

2020 is Now (Thankfully) a Thing of the Past – Here Are the World’s Biggest Upcoming Projects to Get you Motivated for 2021

Let’s face it, 2020 was rough.  And while the new year will by no means see a complete return to anything resembling normal – there are certainly reasons to be hopeful.  Vaccines are already beginning to be distributed in many countries and, more specific to our line of work, the construction industry seems to be picking back up.   

Filmmaker Hao Chen Brings Us the Sights and Sounds of the Breathtaking Alila Yangshuo

What do you get when you bring together a hotel brand known for producing design excellence to traditionally less-traveled locales, a gorgeous, geographically-unique location, and an architecture firm known for designing some of the most extraordinary cultural buildings in the world’s most populous country? 

The Story of an Image – SOM’s Sinar Mas Plaza in Shanghai

As I continue to mature as a photographer, I am finding that I learn most from fellow peers who share a more in-depth analysis about a single image – taking us through their thought process in how they constructed the image and why they chose a certain composition or a particular way to light the scene.

The Unsent Postcard Project Gives Over-Instagrammed Architecture The Cold Shoulder

Close your eyes and think far back. Back before Covid ruined your travel plans. Now go even further back, before Instagram let you geotag your location — heck, even before Instagram itself. Think back to a time when phone cameras were terrible and you had to ration your texts and emails.

Qi Xi Discusses Documenting Some of China’s Most Significant Landscape Architecture

Qi Xi is a Shanghai-based landscape architectural photographer.  He and I met earlier this year at a mutual friend’s art salon where we both presented some of our respective work.  Qi has been capturing some of the most significant landscape architectural designs all across China and I absolutely love his work. 

Photographing Homes While California is Choked in Wildfire Smoke

For those of us living in California and the rest of the West Coast of the US, it’s been a crazy few months to say the least. Wildfire smoke has engulfed nearly every part of the region at some point over the past two months, turning skies grey and orange from Los Angeles to Seattle.

Why Great Architecture (And Photography!) Should Tell a Story – Ole Scheeren’s TED Talk

German architect Ole Scheeren’s TED talk from a few years ago has inspired me both as an architect and a photographer.  Founder and principal of the architecture firm that bears his name, Büro Ole Scheeren, Scheeren’s talk underscores his belief that ‘form follows fiction’ and that buildings must do much more than simply provide form to accommodate functional needs. 

Six Artists to Study for Architectural Photography

Knowing how to accurately represent space as seen by the human eye into a bidimensional media is relatively new. Early art depictions tend to focus on the spiritual and not on a literal representation of the world. Size and proportion of the subjects responded to hierarchy levels.
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