Following one from part one – part two focuses on the little touches that add character to a building, and if done well, reflect a little of the society that created them. I like to think of them as stamps or quirks of individuality, and something which I consciously look for when I travel to places with a strong design culture.
I find the make or break point of modern architecture tends to be how well it integrates and interfaces with older structures, especially when there’s a strong traditional or historical element that must be taken into account. Complimentary, fairly similar recent designs speak of a strong respect or restriction by tradition. Different, reinterpreted designs with clear inspirations from traditional elements and themes suggest progressiveness. Locally, I tend to find things that are either completely soulless ‘international’ boxes without any stamp of the architect (or perhaps that is the stamp of the architect) or designed with few restrictions; the latter tend to be very interesting indeed as the sky is the limit. I saw the whole spectrum in Amsterdam.
This set was shot with the APS-C Ricoh GR and the 21mm GW-3 converter. Enjoy! MT
These images were made during the October 2013 Making Outstanding Images Workshop in Amsterdam; I will be holding three more of these in Melbourne, Sydney and London later this year. Click here for more info, and to sign up.
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