Architecture as Art

Recently, I had the opportunity to assist my friend Anna Beaudry on an interior architecture shoot, and then also to participate in a workshop that she taught at the end of February. I have found Anna to be incredibly inspiring on many levels since I met her last year at Image Explorations. While I was studying photography at Langara College we did shoot architecture – on film with a 4 x 5 camera. There are many things to appreciate about learning photography on a 4 x 5 camera, most of those lessons I now appreciate in hindsight. In fact, I am actually grateful for the many things I learned about shooting that way in my first year of that program. At the time, however, there weren’t many in the class that liked or enjoyed that experience, unfortunately. For the majority of us in that class, we ended up frustrated and exasperated – with architecture specifically. Although, I’ve always admired and enjoyed great images of architecture, my schooling experience in that area made me throw up my hands and give up on it completely. Until, I met Anna.

Both Anna’s work and the passion she has for her work had inspired me to re-consider my position. Not to mention the fact that she was shooting it digitally – and not on a 4 x 5 😉 I chose to give architectural photography another go when the curriculum for her workshop had been created. While assisting her on an interior shoot, I discovered the numerous ways one could photograph and express the character of the interior or exterior of a building – which, from my fine art perspective, expresses architecture as art in how one chooses to frame and light those details. I absolutely loved it. I found that another avenue in photography had opened up for me.

Anna’s workshop focused on a variety of topics, incl. how to balance conflicting light sources, correcting converging lines using a D-SLR, design, lighting and composition principals as it relates to architecture, staging an interior, and creating a workflow specifically working with Lightroom. If you ever get a chance to work with Anna in one of her workshops, I highly recommend it!

Here are some select images from the venues we shot over the weekend workshop: