Photoessay: Vault and arch

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Today’s set is an abstract whistlestop tour of Milan’s interpretation of that most fundamental of architectural features: the arch, and it’s compound, the vault. I’ve always found the interplay of light off the curves and textures to be very compelling as a regular but abstract arrangement, probably because it has many surfaces and lines intersecting at nearly perpendicular. What’s more interesting is the range of interpretations present: from the small-scale to the monumental; from the ornate to the functionally minimalist, every combination of those two axes and everything in between, with the possibility of two or three dimensions to add even more variety. Photographically, flattening or enhancing that sense of depth through the use of shadow and camera position/perspective yields some rather interesting results, as I think you’ll agree. MT

This series was shot with a Nikon Z7, a 24-70/4 S and my custom SOOC JPEG profiles.

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Prints from this series are available on request.

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Comments

  1. Kristian Wannebo says:

    Hi Ming,
    Lots of fine photography – as usual on your blog!

    I find some favourites though,
    #3, 6, 9, 10, 18,
    to my taste they look more alive, #6 also for its simple and original composition.

    #13 strikes me for its humor.

    #17 reminds me, a bit, of de Chirico…

    Vaults and arches *are* fascinating!
    Thanks for sharing!
    – – –

    In Sweden there are many small medieval stone churches, often with contemporary paintings by Albertus Pictor.
    ( These paintings often show stories from the Bible – for the illitterate majority.)
    E.g.
    https://www.svenskakyrkan.se/enkoping/harkeberga-kyrka

    ( The brown colour was originaly red, as can be seen where a painting crosses an occasional wooden beam.)

    In the next picture (which I can’t find) the whale spits Jona out on a beach – and now he is shaved!

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