Architectural History and Theory / Assessment 1a

According to Raoul Bunschoten “when an absence, in the form of a void, meets the surface of daily reality, memory marks the surface.” We see this in my own photographs and in the work of Helene Binet. In the work of myself and Binet the buildings are framed to show bold lines which cut across void spaces. I’ve also used greyscale colour grading to draw our focus away from the familiar colours and redirect them to the eloquent forms. The use of framing and grayscale dissolves our preconceptions about what buildings mean to us and leave us with a fresh perspective on the expressive massing and the interplay of light and shadow. In doing so, we may pay special attention for the first time to the texture of the materials, which we tend not to notice in everyday life. Here, the surface of the grainy concrete, smooth glass and steel handrails are brought to life. Binet’s and my own photos sometimes display a gradient of light extending gently through the building, some photos show areas where shadows add dramatic emphasis to the form and others present moments when an abrupt window of light sharply interrupts a dark room. Hopefully by looking at the work of Helene Binet and myself we can see that forms are made expressive by the use of light and shadow.

reference:

Quote from A Passage Through Silence And Light, Helene Binet, Black Dog Publishing, 1997

Lower square of photos from the same source

Clockwise from top left: The Goods Line Haymarket / Kings Row Newtown / UTS Library / UTS Library / Residential Terrace Newtown / UTS Library

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