Posts tagged: architectural photography

Surreal Disneyland Landscapes Photographed by Thomas Struth


Images courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery. © Thomas Struth.


Images courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery. © Thomas Struth.

I want to reconsider how the process of imagination and fantasy works in general, how something which has built up in someone’s mind has materialized and become reality. The German expression ‘sich etwas ausmalen’—to paint something in one’s head—refers to the picturing capacity of the human brain. It is a condition, without which we cannot create anything. My focus was particularly drawn to the ambiguity between what Walt Disney had remembered from his trips to Europe and how it was later rebuilt as a kind of latent reality in California.—Thomas Struth

Düsseldorf-based photographer Thomas Struth examines the industry of fantasy with his photographs of Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Imposing Photos of Multicolored Metropolises


We’ve built them up all over the world and they’re impressive—bustling metropolises packed with millions of people moving about in orderly chaos. Concrete Jungle is Hamburg-based photographer Kai-Uwe Gundlach‘s vibrant look at mega-cities in China, Spain and the U.S., shot while he was traveling in 2008 and 2009. Captured in painterly palettes of color, Gundlach’s geometric urban hubs link a city’s massive growth with nature’s forced retreat, asking us to contemplate the balance between a fascinating yet frightening global reality.

Midwestern Ice Shack Culture Photographed by Mike Rebholz

Mike Rebholz

On the southern tier lakes of Wisconsin, “10 Weeks” is typically the period between late December when a thick enough layer of the lake freezes and ices over, until the first Sunday after the first day of March. It’s during this time when you’ll find Mike Rebholz on one of the five lakes near his hometown of Madison making pictures of the ice shacks and the culture that exists within them.

The Sad Fate of Old Bank Buildings Photographed by Michael Vahrenwald

Michael_Vahrenwald_PhotographyLincoln Savings Bank, Brooklyn, NY 2011

We know what iconic structures such as the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, the Acropolis, and the like can teach us about the era and culture in which they were built. Less obvious is noticing buildings that might do the same today. NYC-based photographer Michael Vahrenwald’s project The People’s Trust proposes that we can derive information about our culture and its values through “looking at the structures that host our financial transactions and their legacies.”

‘Stage Fright’ by Jan Adriaans

Jan Adriaans

Netherlands-based artist Jan Adriaans‘ work is photography based, though his final pieces vary between video, ‘classic’ photographic works, and sculptures, within which he explores the relationship between materials, objects and space while testing the boundaries and limitations of the medium itself. We recently talked to Adriaans about his latest series Stage Fright.

Forgotten Solo Row Houses Photographed in Baltimore, Philly and New Jersey

Baltimore, MD

Standing alone, in some of the worst neighborhoods, these nineteenth century structures were once attached to similar row houses that made up entire city blocks. Time and major demographic changes have resulted in the decay and demolition of many such blocks of row houses. Occasionally, one house is spared – literally cut off from its neighbors and left to the elements with whatever time it has left. Still retaining traces of its former glory, the last house standing is often still occupied.—Ben Marcin

Last House Standing reads like a tribute to the forgotten solo row house, an “architectural quirk” as German born, Baltimore-based photographer Ben Marcin calls them. Shot around Baltimore, Philly and New Jersey, Marcin catalogs these solitary buildings that at one time weren’t as lonely as they are now. Their placement in the urban landscape feels strange yet appealing, almost like portals to other dimensions—a case of when it stands alone, it stands out.

Camden, NJ

Diptychs by Eirik Johnson Show Alaskan Structures in Summer and Winter



Digitally Assembled Landscapes in Transition by Lauren Marsolier


My work deals with the mental process of transition, a particular phase when our parameters of perception shift; we suddenly don’t see ourselves, our environment, or our life the way we used to. We undergo what could be called a gestalt change. That transitional phase feels like being in a place we know but can’t quite identify.—Lauren Marsolier

Los Angeles-based photographer Lauren Marsolier creates visually arresting images and perfect compositions in her series Transitions. Upon closer look, you can’t help but wonder what is real and what is fictional. Marsolier creates her images digitally, assembling elements of photographs she’s made both in Europe and in the United States. Though she’s drawing on photographs of the physical world to create her images, they depict a psychological landscape, a mind as it undergoes change and upheaval.


Rest Stops: Vanishing Relics of the American Roadside

Near Big Bend National Park, Texas

All over the country, rest areas are losing the fight to commercial alternatives: drive-thrus at every exit and mega-sized travel centers offering car washes, wi-fi, grilled paninis and bladder-busting sized fountain drinks. Louisiana has closed 24 of its 34 stops, Virginia, 18 of its 42; pretty much every state in the country has reduced its number of rest areas, or at least cut operating hours. And they’re not just being closed, they’re being demolished.

Intense, Graphic Photos ‘Whitewash’ Buildings in Los Angeles


Los Angeles-based photographer Nicholas Alan Cope shoots architectural subjects as abstract still lifes. For the buildings he shot in Los Angeles (made into a book called Whitewash, published by PowerHouse Books), he strips all detail from the structures, leaving portraits consisting only of lines, planes and shapes. The intense, black-and-white images provide a fresh and simplified view of everyday structures in a sprawling, complex metropolitan city.