The built environment - lines, shapes, and spaces that can bring us together. When carefully designed, space can provide a shelter or a stage for communities to flourish. It can also act as a tool for separation or a platform for a stronger sense of self. The Architect is about seeing beyond the four walls to capture new perspectives of the spaces we have constructed, nurtured or destroyed.
In the past 2-3 years I have developed a keen interest for modern churches as their often minimal, yet sculptural, design leaves a deep impression on me.
This summer I set off to explore a lesser traveled area in the south of Düsseldorf (Germany) called Garath. This area was developed during the 1960-70s and houses three fantastic examples of modern churches. The depicted Friedrich Bonnhöfer church was designed by architects Helmut Hentrich und Hubert Petschnigg and built from 1962 to 1965 in close vicinity to two other churches.While walking toward these churches, passing small gardens, the sun came out and illuminated the church tower and its cross so that it was presented as a statue on a pedestal.
What you see in this picture is the ossuary of Modena’s cemetery, designed in 1971 by the Italian architect Aldo Rossi. I’m in love with this brutal architecture so I spent an entire day there taking pictures of the entire structure. I think the brutality of this architecture is a perfect match with the concept of death.
This photo is part of a series I took during a road trip around Andalucia, Spain. It shows one part of the stunning Andalucia's Museum of Memory (Museo de al Memoria de Andalucía) building complex (Architect: Alberto Campo Baeza). It was quite empty during that time and the sun position was perfect. I had the possibility to wander around this amazing piece of architecture in an almost silent surrounding and shoot my photos trying to capture the lines, cubatures, light and shadow.
The photo is showing a part of the facade of the "Horst-Janssen-Museum" in Oldenburg.
Taken at the Petrova Gora monument, this Spomenik (Serbo-Croatian) represents the uprising of 300 local peasants who resisted against the fascist Ustaše army. The Uprising at Petrova Gora monument stands as a concrete structure of remembrance; a signifier of strength, resilience and resistance during WWII in this specific region. As the Yugoslav wars passed on during the 80s, as decades and changing eras took its toll, the structure also faced the wear and tear of time. With its once prided upon imported steel panels (imported from Sweden) stolen and vandalism marking its form, the Spomenik stands alone, almost ghostly, abandoned. A paint technique in post has been added to create a somewhat Pastel, soft feel to the image - attempting to capture a Utopian element to the beauty of dilapidation.
As an architecture student it was a long dream of mine to see the Pavilhão de Portugal by the architect Álvaro Siza. It is a unique and beautiful building in which the sunlight creates beautiful shadow play. In the photo I would like to show how powerful this architecture is towards people. This difference in size becomes really apparent there.
During my first stay in Dubai, I was staying in a hotel in a developing part of the city, with a lot of construction work going on around. From my room, which was quite high up, I was watching this construction site and was fascinated by the shapes and shadows, but taking a photo proved really tricky - the windows in tall buildings don't open freely and some don't open at all, and taking the pictures through the closed window wasn't possible. Luckily I was able to open my window at least a tiny crack and squeeze my camera through it and attach the lens outside of the window. I could not compose the scene through the viewfinder, so I turned the back screen on and tried to capture some pictures with my hands stuck through the tiny crack and my face flat against the window, the heavy camera pointed downwards... And getting the camera back inside the room was again quite a challenge!
Due to a family emergency it happened that i had to go to Vejle for the first time after several years. I felt like I'd need some time for myself and just went out exploring. I ended up at the ocean where I just stayed for a while. I was just fascinated how calm water could actually be, even though the harbor and ocean was just right next to this place.
I shoot portrait, architecture, travel and drone photography, essentially people and places. This shot was taken on a portrait shoot in Canary Wharf and following taking the desired photos for the purpose of the shoot, I knew I couldn't leave without framing the models with the architecture. I'm ecstatic that my natural eye has been recognised by EyeEm.
I am an architect by profession, the blue wall with a single palm tree fascinates my minimalist interest.