A contemporary building with an expressive massing thanks to the use of shadows and light

Ezra Stoller is an American architect and photographer who was born in Chicago in 1915. He was well known for his black and white photos by using natural resources like shadow and light to convey the contrast between different materials, elements and structures and inspire the viewer to attract their attention to the subject. During my researches about him and his work, I was inspired by the important role of shadow and light to show an existing building’s expressive massing. In comparison between my work and his photos, you can clearly see the relationship between light and shadow. Stoller usually took pictures of the whole building with glass built façade in black and white. You also can clearly see that he took some of his photos in an angle to show the heroic view of the building. In my photos, I tried to use the same technique and light and shadow to convey the sense of existence of building to the viewer and show the important role of the materials as they have different refractive indices and properties. The secret behind this technique is cooperation of light and shadow which can have effect on the building’s look.

Left Picture: Guggenheim Museum, New York NY, Frank Lioyd Wright, Architect; 98U.010 Photo taken by Ezra Stoller. Right Picture: UTS Science Building, Sydney. Photo taken by Arshia Helmi Tabrizi 2017.
Left Picture: TWA Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport (then Idlewild Airport), New York NY, Eero Saarinen, Architect; 64X.006. Photo by Ezra Stoller. Right Picture: UTS Science Building, Sydney. Photo taken by Arshia Helmi Tabrizi 2017.
Left Picture: Connecticut General Life Insurance, Bloomfield CT, SOM, Architect; 51S.039. Photo by Ezra Stoller. Right Picture: Central Station, Sydney. Photo by Arshia Helmi Tabrizi 2017.

References

Ezrastoller.com. (2017). Portfolio — Portfolio — Ezra Stoller. [online] Available at: http://ezrastoller.com/portfolio/guggenheim- [Accessed 15 Jul. 2017].

Ezrastoller.com. (2017). Portfolio — Portfolio — Ezra Stoller. [online] Available at: http://ezrastoller.com/portfolio/twa-terminal [Accessed 15 Jul. 2017].

Ezrastoller.com. (2017). Portfolio — Portfolio — Ezra Stoller. [online] Available at: http://ezrastoller.com/portfolio/connecticut-general [Accessed 15 Jul. 2017].

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