Shoot ’em up

Aim straight up at build­ings and struc­tures to cel­e­brate their bold an­gu­lar shapes

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The most suc­cess­ful ar­chi­tec­ture is usu­ally a per­fect mar­riage of form and func­tion, but with ar­chi­tec­tural pho­tog­ra­phy we can dis­pense with the func­tion and cel­e­brate just the form. One way this can be achieved is to re­duce the struc­ture to a se­ries of sur­faces, tex­tures and shapes. Stripped of con­text, the struc­ture takes on a more ab­stract form. Find an un­usual an­gle, such as look­ing straight up from the base of a tall build­ing, and per­haps use a wide-an­gle lens to em­pha­sise how the lines re­cede into the dis­tance.

You might want to try a mono­chrome con­ver­sion, as this helps to em­pha­sise pat­terns and shapes, and can bring out in­ter­est­ing tex­tures, but bold blocks of colour like the blue here can work as well.

I used to think you could learn how to be a pho­tog­ra­pher by learn­ing the rules of com­po­si­tion and how to use a cam­era. Now I think just the op­po­site: if you have to learn rules, then it’s al­ready too late John Rosen­thal

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