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Minimalism in Architecture Photography


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Architecture is the ultimate expression of creativity and ingenuity, with each structure telling its own unique story. There’s even a large role played by architecture in filmmaking.But what happens when you strip away all the excess and get straight to the heart of a structure?  A stunning form of art that captures the essential and interesting features of a structure in a way that leaves a lasting impression. Minimalist architectural photography is defined by its emphasis on sharp lines, open spaces, and a purposeful focus on the most intriguing aspects of a structure. This artistic approach has been embraced by photographers and artists all over the world, who are dedicated to creating visually stunning and emotionally resonant images. So, let us dive into the world of minimalist architecture photography and discover the techniques that make it so captivating.

Picking the Right Lens

One of the most crucial elements of minimalist photography is choosing the right lens. Different lenses can tell different stories, and selecting the right lens can help bring your vision to life in a way that truly captures the essence of the structure. A telephoto or a zoom lens can help focus on a very specific feature of a structure, directing the viewer towards the most interesting element. Take, for instance, the photograph of Anandi Maa temple, where the focus is on the beautiful petal-like structure.
Anandi Maa Temple, Credit – Mitul Desai

A wide lens focused on a very small area can enhance the view by way of distortions – The image of Champa Baoli, even though very minimalistic, opens a new world altogether.
Champa Baoli, Credit – Mitul Desai

Some photographers even use a 50mm lens for a more natural look which can create a sense of familiarity and intimacy. This technique is quite evident in the photograph of the cosy interior where the space feels really personal.
A cosy interior space, Credit – Mitul Desai

Colour

Colour is another key element in minimalist architecture photography. The use of a limited colour palette is very common. Shades of black, white and grey are used to emphasize the building’s form and texture and to generate a sense of simplicity. But the use of the word ‘simple’ here is not to say that the message or theme or the feel conveyed is simple in any manner. For example, the ‘Intersections’ photograph is simple and complex at the same time.
Intersections, Credit – Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Sometimes, certain colours are selected for the kind of psychological impact they have on the viewer. For example, red is often associated with passion, energy or even sometimes danger. That’s not to say that the viewer cannot have a different interpretation of his own. For example, the image of the brownish-red bricks can signal harmony or monotony or even poetry. The intention of most minimalist photographers is to evoke an emotional response.
Courtesy: Project Brick by Brick. Credit -Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Lighting

Lighting is a critical element of minimalist architecture photography. Natural or artificial lighting can be used to highlight specific features of a building. Lighting also plays an essential role in how colour is perceived in minimalist architecture photography. By utilizing natural or artificial light, photographers can highlight specific colours or tone down others, creating a sense of balance and harmony in the image. For example, in the image below, natural light is used to create an inviting atmosphere.
Credit – Mitul Desai In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information and stimuli, minimalist architecture photography provides a refreshing escape. It allows us to appreciate the beauty of simplicity and to focus on the essential elements that make a structure truly remarkable. By mastering the art of minimalist photography, you can create powerful images which can help you tell your own unique story.

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