Architecture meets street photography
Travelling is what I love, so I originally took up photography to capture memories of all these amazing places I was visiting. It was an on-and-off hobby for a few years that I was only really interested in when I was out of the country visiting something new. Then, in 2012, I decided to take photography more seriously and focus on fine art architecture, mainly long exposures. After a while I realized I was looking at buildings in a new light and framing every city scene I came across – I’d made the change from a hobbyist to an artist.
I own two Nikon cameras: a D810 that I like using for city, sea and landscapes as it brings out some fantastic details in my architecture photographs; I also own a Df that is ideal for walking around the city shooting street because it’s smaller than the D810 and has great ISO capabilities that I find to be incredibly useful.
I’ve been enjoying shooting architecture for a few years now. More recently I’ve started taking more street photos.
As an artist, I attempt a more graphic street photo than a reportage photograph. Bringing a strong architectural aspect to street photography gives it so much more, as a piece of visual art. I try to create compositions that don’t rely on a human element, but I find adding one lifts the photograph to the next level. I tend to find a composition I like by taking a few photos without anyone present to see if it works. Once I’m happy, I wait for the right person to enter the frame.
This wonderful church has tall aisles that can only be shown off by having a person
in the shot . The building is so well designed, it has light flowing through the large windows, lighting up the details in the brick arches. Shooting handheld inside I needed to have a high ISO for this photo. During this trip I was shooting on the D810, it’s a capable camera, but I would’ve preferred my Df with me for this one – I think it’s better at handling noise. Instead, I had to use a wider aperture and a high ISO.
When I originally visited the location in my first shot I was disappointed to find the window blinds were open 
– I was unable to get the photograph that I wanted. Instead, I tried playing with the shapes of the area to show the vast scale. I revisited the location later in the year and the blinds were this time shut as I wanted . The jogger running past the huge window helps to show the scale of the structure, while I still used the wonderful shapes to show the beauty of the building.
The City of Arts and Sciences is a photographer’s playground with so many wonderful, modern-looking buildings . Designed by one of the best living architects, Santiago Calatrava, the complex has opportunities for photographs everywhere you look. The shallow lakes create reflections of the bright buildings and the Spanish sun lights them up while casting nice shadows.
I tried getting all these elements into the photo while including human presence. The person in the frame shows the scale of the building and the reflection makes the building look even bigger.
Bringing a strong architectural aspect to street photography gives it so much more
32 ShapesNikon D810, 50mm f/2, 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO500
4 B-eye-kNikon D810, 18mm f/2.8, 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO100 4