The goal of an architectural photographer is to take a 3-dimensional object and make it pop on paper (or a digital equivalent) while still maintaining a minimalistic approach.
We have found talented photographers from all around the world who have used their expertise to allow viewers to see various forms of architecture the way that that the designer envisioned it to be seen. We are featuring four of those photographers' works in this article.
About the Photographers
- Ihsan Sahlia, who goes by TG (@tgfromdubai) is a lightroom and photoshop professional who lives in Dubai and not only shares his stunning captures of Dubai architecture and desert sunsets but who also runs his own media production and YouTube channel to teach viewers the fundamentals of photography.
- Abdullah Dubai who goes by @stoptheroc on Instagram lives full time in the United Arab Emirates. He has focused on editing his photos to bring out the various color schemes that you see in Dubai.
- Davide Urani who goes by @omniamundamunis on Instagram is an architectural photographer who focuses on patterns and symmetry.
- Roc Isern who goes by @stoptheroc on Instagram is a photographer based in Catalunya his style is minimalistic and he focuses on clean and sharp photos.
The United Arab Emirates
Countries like the United Arab Emirates have taken a great leap in advancing modern architecture - this interest in rapid growth and development hit around the 1970s when a newfound wealth from oil sparked the economy.
A decade later in 1980 it was decided that one of the Emirates, Dubai, would become a major tourist destination.
The mixture of wealth and the desire to become a tourist hub was the major accelerator in creating some of the world’s most iconic buildings such as the Burj Khalifa: aka the tallest building in the world.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque/@tgfromdubai
TG shoots his photos in RAW so that he can expressly derive the greatest color from his images - doing this is one of the ways that he is able to make the architecture pop in his photography.
As TG explained in one of his YouTube videos - he likes to focus on drawing out the blues and purples when editing his night-time architectural shots as it helps to accentuate the overall tone of the city.
Atlantis, The Palm/@tgfromdubai
William Baker, was the structural engineer who worked on the Burj Khalifa said, "In nature, things progress through evolution. But in architecture, you can create a new species out of nothing."
Many of the buildings in Dubai have taken on a mind of their own and it takes a talented photographer to capture that same majesty with their lens.
The Cayan Tower Abdullah Dubai
By using a color gradient in his photography, Abdullah Dubai has created the illusion of looking at the city in both the daytime and the nighttime in just one photo.
Burj Al Arab/ Abdulla Dubai
In this photo Abdullah utilized the excitement of the scenes around him to bring the architecture to life - and allow viewers to capture the essence of what it feels like to see the Burj Al Arab in person.
Even though Dubai is an eccentric and vibrant city, the photographer has been able to capture the art of minimalism in his photography - which is a true characteristic of architectural photography.
"This is a lookup inside Palau Güell, a palace designed by Antoni Gaudí built-in 1886-1890" - Isern
Using a tilt-shift lens in architectural photography controls the perspective to create a balanced and powerful angle; this will showcase the architecture exactly as the designer intended for it to be seen.
Patterns are pleasing to the eye - humans find comfort in patterns. One of the best places to find patterns is architecture and taking advantage of this geometric symmetry is the architectural photographers' forté.
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Author: Dana Balsley
About the author, Dana is a content writer who has been traveling and living abroad for the past 4 years and thrives on culture and photography.