Photoessay: Florentine patchwork

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One thing any place with extensive history seems to enjoy is a patchwork of evolutionary architectural styles and weathering; all of this combines to create a distinctly unique signature that we recognise as being ‘of a place’. The longer that history, the more disparate elements combine – in such a way that could not possibly have been predicted by those who put up the structures could have envisioned at the time. Whilst we’ve had discussions here in the past over how architects build and design with sensitivity to their immediate environment, there is literally no way they could have foreseen what comes in the years that follow. However one can only assume that the following architects would continue to be sensitive to their relative surroundings, thus creating a sort of thematic continuity that whilst perhaps is not seamless – is at least somewhat harmonious. 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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  1. – architecture angles = perfect – draws the eye’s in !!

  2. elcastillohotel says:

    What a wonderful documentary of architectural palimpsest! I just learned that terminology from a philosophy class in a master in landscape architecture, but had not seen it so clearly until these pictures of yours. Thanks!

  3. jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    Always fascinating to examine your images, Ming – the way you play with verticals, for instance – no “idée fixe”, just chasing the effect you want and ignoring the “rule” we were taught in school art classes.

    There’s so much more to it than that, of course. But in each facet of the creation of these images, it’s when we cast adrift from “rules” and learn to express our own ideas that we move forward from snapshots to photographs.

    • Thanks! As usual: rules are guides, but the interesting images are the ones that aren’t the same as others (and i.e. don’t follow any of the ‘rules’)…

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