The use of shadows and light is one of the strategies in photography, which can create some interests into the buildings. Ezra Stoller is an American architectural photographer from the 20th century. Stoller was living and working in the American Modernism, which he has brought all the muscular buildings into activity. In figure 1 Stoller has chosen a lower angle to shoot, which blows up the building into lager and showing a different style of building in that environment. Therefore we can see the John Hancock Building is whole block of black, which created the building as the “shadow” in this photo. In figure 2 we can see Stoller has shot the building from a further angle, which brings in the whole building into the photo with all the surroundings. All the surroundings created a large scaling for the Seagram Building. Caused of the angle the shadow and light shows from dark to light and top to bottom.

Figure 1 John Hancock Building, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, IL, 1970
Figure 2 Mies van der Rohe (with Philip Johnson and Kahn and Jacobs), Seagram Building, New York City, 1958

Similarly I have chosen the use of shadows and lights strategy to image the city. In the busy city we have less chance to look up the whole buildings and failed to find the interest of the shadows and lights. In both of my images I have taken with the eye level, which is presenting the whole building in the photo. In figure 3 the Ernst and Young Building is higher than the others buildings around therefore it creates a reflection of the other building at its bottom as the shadow of the building. In figure 4 is shot with a brighter situation, which the details of the building can be shown clearly. The pattern on the building presented under the shadow and light. Also the use of colours black and white allows the shadows and lights appearance from the dark to light and light to dark.

Figure 3 Ernst and Young Building Sydney
Figure 4 Telstra Building


· Esto, viewed on 2nd April 2017

· SFMOMA, viewed on 2nd April 2017

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