Analysis of Architecture in Photography
I have decided to look at architecture for my next genre in
photography. I have chosen architecture as it is very different to
fashion photography and looks at totally different materials and
includes different characteristics. In the early years of photography,
few if any photographers were specialists in any area other than
commercial portraiture, which was the main area in which a living
could be made from the new medium. Early photographers did fairly
often photograph buildings, often working from the window of a
convenient room rather than at street level.
Many of the images from this era can truly be described as monumental,
giving the subjects (including some very fine ancient monuments) a
great impression of importance and grandeur. Using large glass plates
and making contact prints gave detail and tonality that, although not
strictly natural because of the lack of green and red sensitivity of
the medium, are of unsurpassed delicacy. Architecture demanded lenses
that gave sharpness and linear drawing across the frame, quite
different to the needs of portraiture, where softer edges were
acceptable if not desirable, and curvature seldom noticeable and
high-speed imperative. Buildings would sit still for as long as the
For this project, I have chosen to compare and contrast two individual
photographs from two different photographers. The photographers I have
chosen are Tessa Musgrave and Adiseshan Shankar.
Photograph one by Adiseshan Shankar interested me because it is a very
attractive photograph. The photograph doesn’t really have a large
tonal range, as all the tones of colour in the photograph are very
similar. The photo only sticks with one colour all throughout, which
is why I like this picture. Even thought the photo only consists of
blue, it is made up of lots of different shades of blue.
The lights on the building and around it stand out because they are a
bright colour. I think the way the sea blue colour merges into the
deep blue/black colour of the background works really well.
The photograph doesn’t really have a story to it, as there isn’t much
going on, it doesn’t have energy or any movement to it at all.
However it could easily be a scene used in a film, such as an
establishing shot. The photo has a certain peaceful feel to it. It is
soothing to look at; this is because it is a calm, quiet setting- you
can almost feel your presence there, staring into the beautiful view.
I think the reason that the photo has such a positive, relaxing feel
to it is down to the fact that the composition of the photo reminds
you of a deep blue sea or a clear black sky. The photo has strong
verticals and horizontal, which emphasise a static feel and the
The picture has a large depth...