It’s all about how you see things— and how you don’t.
Have you ever looked at the world upside down?
Maybe as a little kid you hung your head over the side of the sofa or the bed and pictured yourself as SpiderMan, walking on the ceiling. Maybe you’re flexible enough today to bend over and look through your legs thanks to those yoga classes. Either way, once you are upside down—and you’ve gotten past the sensation of the blood rushing to your head—you see a whole new world. I remember doing this as a child and being fascinated by how everything could change so much in such an easy way. What was so familiar was now surprisingly and instantly surreal. It was strange, unsettling, exciting and delightful all at the same time. All with a simple change of perspective.
Looking at the world upside down is just one of the different angles architectural photographer Francisco Marin chose in his latest series of images. We’re all accustomed to seeing buildings from afar and from our daily point of view. But Marin got close, pointed his lens toward the sky or ceiling or at a certain part of a structure and focused in—bringing out new forms and experiences. And while you are looking up or in a different direction, you can’t necessarily tell which way is up. Marin’s photos can be approached from any angle, creating new abstract designs while toying with your sense of orientation and familiarity.
Having trained as an architect in his native Mexico, Marin understands how design is supposed to work from the usual angles. And that’s precisely what pushed him to go further.
“Pieces of architecture offer me the challenge of finding different ways to appreciate it,” says Marin. “Architecture is so much more than what is found in daily life. Not everything needs to be at eye level and looking in the same direction. I try to find ways to look at the geometry and the organic parts of architecture and bring those out in new ways that people don’t usually see, not even the architect.”
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